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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph C. “Joe” Kerr (?-2000)

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Son of Melvin and Irene Kerr, he ran the Winnipeg family business of Kerr’s Funeral Chapel (established by his grandfather in 1886) for over 30 years following the death of his father, before selling it in the late 1980s. A Progressive Conservative candidate in the 1968 federal general election against Stanley Knowles and Lloyd Axworthy, he was a member of Ducks Unlimited, Masons (Beaver Lodge), Khartum Shriners, and the Progressive Conservative Party. He was President of the Young Progressive Conservatives and a candidate in the 1979 and 1980 federal general elections. He died at Winnipeg on 29 May 2000.

Sources:

“Former funeral home directors often regret selling businesses,” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 January 1999, page 19.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 3 June 2000, page 53.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 February 2022

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