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ERVASTI o@ca.on.middlesex_county.london.london_free_press 2005-08-14 published
Lifelong learning a passion for KERR
By Sharon HO, Free Press Reporter
Throughout his life, Lloyd KERR believed in self-education and doing things himself.
"He wasn't afraid to learn anything," said his daughter, Bonnie BURRELL, of Dorchester. "He was never afraid to get a book, dive in and learn it himself."
KERR died on July 27 from cancer at the age of 75.
A testament to KERR's ability to teach himself is a ranch-style house he built on Commissioners Road west of Wharncliffe Road around 1958.
"He also did his own plumbing and electrical work in the house," BURRELL said.
KERR moved his family from London to outside of Dorchester in 1969 over fears Commissioners would be turned into a highway.
He then bought a hobby farm in Dorchester where he renovated its farm house.
Professionally, KERR was a longtime employee of Wolverine Tube, a copper tubing manufacturer.
KERR started working at the company in 1945 at age 15. Despite having only a Grade 11 education, he worked his way up to become president and chief executive in 1976. KERR retired from the company in 1993.
"When he moved up the ranks he continued to learn," BURRELL said.
"He was tremendously dedicated to Wolverine Tube. His job was his passion. As a child growing up, Wolverine Tube was constantly in our vocabulary."
KERR made it a point to meet all new employees at the company. Not only did he meet them, but he knew everyone's name.
"He was a down-to-earth person and he could talk to any person," said Ed ERVASTI, president of Wolverine Tube prior to KERR.
"There was no aloofness to him at all. All 300 people he knew intimately. He was out on the plant floor, so he talked to everybody."
Sports were another passion in KERR's life. He was an avid golfer and bought a house on a golf course in Florida after he retired.
KERR also enjoyed watching baseball and hockey.
KERR coached the Wolverine Tube hockey team in the Industrial Hockey League. He also sponsored the Lloyd's Boys slo-pitch and hockey teams as well as minor sports teams in Dorchester his grandchildren played on.
KERR is survived by his children Bonnie BURRELL, Randy KERR, Chris RANK, Bill KERR and Janice KERR who all live in Dorchester. KERR's wife Joan died in 1995.
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ERVIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2005-11-28 published
JOHNS, Fern Elizabeth (née ERVIN)
Peacefully in her 87th year on November 25, 2005 at Trillium Health Centre Mississauga with her devoted husband Paul at her side. Loving mother of Margaret Ann (Ronald BEATTIE) of Sackville, New Brunswick, Elizabeth (Douglas MEWHORT) of Kingston, Ontario, and Paul (Pauline) of Ottawa. Devoted grandmother of Robin, Scott, Heather, Emily, and William. From an early age, Fern had exceptional talent in classical music. She won bronze (age 9) and gold (age 13) national medals in piano at the Canadian National Exhibition and received her ATCM at age 14. She financed her university education in modern languages by teaching piano. Fern and Paul were married December 6, 1941 and lived in Montreal and also briefly Gander, Newfoundland. For the last half century they have cherished their home in the Humber Valley region of Toronto. Fern was a dedicated homemaker whose greatest pleasure was to nurture her family in their interests and achievements. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor Street West, at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral service in the chapel on Friday, December 2, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. Reception to follow. Cremation. If desired, donations to the Osteoporosis Society of Canada would be appreciated by the family.

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ERVIN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.toronto_star 2005-11-28 published
JOHNS, Fern Elizabeth (née ERVIN)
Peacefully in her 87th year on November 25, 2005 at Trillium Health Centre - Mississauga with her devoted husband Paul at her side. Loving mother of Margaret Ann (Ronald BEATTIE) of Sackville, New Brunswick, Elizabeth (Douglas MEWHORT) of Kingston, Ontario, and Paul (Pauline) of Ottawa. Devoted grandmother of Robin, Scott, Heather, Emily, and William. From an early age, Fern had exceptional talent in classical music. She won bronze (age 9) and gold (age 13) national medals in piano at the Canadian National Exhibition and received her ATCM at age 14. She financed her university education in modern languages by teaching piano. Fern and Paul were married December 6, 1941 and lived in Montreal and also briefly Gander, Newfoundland. For the last half century they have cherished their home in the Humber Valley region of Toronto. Fern was a dedicated homemaker whose greatest pleasure was to nurture her family in their interests and achievements. Friends may call at the Turner and Porter Yorke Chapel, 2357 Bloor Street West, at Windermere, east of the Jane subway, on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Friday, December 2, 2005 at 1: 00 p.m. Reception to follow. Cremation. If desired, donations to the Osteoporosis Society of Canada would be appreciated by the family.

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