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Memorable Manitobans: John Cochrane Kerr (1920-1982)

Lawyer, judge.

Born at Brandon on 4 October 1920, son of John Cochrane Kerr (1892-1944) and Daisy Fenwick (1898-1960), nephew of Nettleton Whitby Kerr, starting in 1949 he practiced law with the firm of Kerr, Meighen, Haddad, and Kerr at Brandon. During the 1950s, he served as Assistant Crown Attorney in the Western Judicial District, and a barrister for the City of Brandon. In 1960, he was appointed County Court Judge for the Western Judicial District, succeeding the retiring A. Gordon Buckingham. On 14 September 1942, he married Elizabeth Ruth Warren (?-?) at Victoria, British Columbia and they had two daughters. He stepped down from the bench in December 1976 and retired to Victoria where he died on 30 June 1982.


“Engagements,” Winnipeg Tribune, 25 August 1942, page 9.

“John Cochrane Kerr,” Brandon Sun, 24 January 1944, page 10.

“Fishery post for Kooyman,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 April 1960. [Manitoba Legislative Library, Biographical Scrapbook B12, page 11]

“Kerr appointed county court judge at Brandon,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 April 1960, page 7.

Obituary, Brandon Sun, 5 July 1982, page 17.

Burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 July 2018

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