Memorable Manitobans: Charles Philip “Charlie” Kerr (1903-1990)
Born at Hamiota on 9 August 1903, son of Alexander Kerr (1872-1947) and Jane Morison Lorimer (1877-1962), following teacher training he worked in rural Manitoba as Principal of Virden School (1929-1933) before joining the Winnipeg School Division (WSD) to teach at Laura Secord School (1934-1937) and Kelvin High School (1937-1941).
During his time in Winnipeg, he was an active participant in the local curling community and a member of the Strathcona Curling Club, from which he would later receive an honourary lifetime membership (1941). He was part of James Kenneth “Ken” Watson’s rink who, along with Grant Watson and Marvin MacIntyre, won the 1936 Manitoba championship and the national curling championship (1936) with its Brier Trophy. To enable his participation in curling, the WSD Board approved his leave of absence from teaching duties. In March 1941, he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force and, for a time, was posted at Calgary, Alberta.
By the 1960s, he had married Frances Marjorie Maines (?-?) and moved to Vancouver, where he retired as a personnel manager.
He died at St. Pauls Hospital in Vancouver on 18 November 1990. He was inducted posthumously into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame (2012).
Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
“Departmental exam. results,” Manitoba Free Press, 28 July 1917, page 24.
“C. P. Kerr wins grand aggregate at Virden,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 January 1932, page 18.
“Charlie Kerr honored at Laura Secord School,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 March 1936, page 31.
“Social and personal [A pleasant event took place],” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 March 1936, page 8.
“To curl in “spiel,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 4 February 1938, page 17.
“School Board staves off curler invasion,” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 February 1939, page 17.
“Charlie Kerr is honored by Straths’” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 October 1941, page 16.
“Wakefield Rink is duly honored,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 February 1941, page 16.
“Jane Kerr enters into rest,” Hamiota Echo, 7 November 1962, page 1.
“Mr. and Mrs. Charlie Kerr,” Hamiota Echo, 10 July 1969, page 6.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 14 November 2022