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KERR, William (Bill) Andrew

October 3, 1946 – Dauphin, Manitoba
December 20, 2014 – Calgary, Alberta

The family of Bill Kerr is sad to announce his passing on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at the age of 68 years.

He touched many lives and will be deeply missed. Bill loved life and lived it to the fullest, always wanting to put a smile on everyone’s face. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. His passions in life were his family and friends, being a firefighter (retiring as Captain), travel, and sports (playing and watching).

A Celebration of Bill’s Life will be held at the University of Calgary Hotel Alma, Alberta Room (169 University Gate NW) on Saturday, January 31, 2015 from 1:00pm to 3:30pm with an Honour Guard ceremony commencing at 1:30pm. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, we would ask people to make a donation directly to the Cognitive Neurosciences Programs which supports Cadasil research, the terminal disease from which Bill suffered. Donations can be made online at the University of Calgary donations page at or cheques can be mailed to Cognitive Neurosciences Program, University of Calgary, Fund Development Office, 3330 Hospital Drive NW T2N 1N1 (cheques payable to the University of Calgary with a memo indicating Dr. Eric Smith’s research program)

In living memory of Bill Kerr, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. It is with great sadness I heard about Bill. I had the pleasure of working along side him for many years and enjoyed his never ending humour and witnessing his dedication and love for the CFD. Carol and I will be in Hawaii through the balance of the Christmas and New Years but will have a toast to Bill on the beach, and remember the times we spent together, especially car pooling with each other to work, and the fun conversations we shared.
    Thinking of all of you in this time—————-Paul/Carol

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  2. Brian and Debbie Stahl :

    So sad to hear of Bill’s passing. Bill and I were friends at Viscount Bennett High School and lucky enough to share thirty two years on the Calgary Fire Department. He was a true gentleman and showed that same class and dignity when we visited him at the Fanning Centre. Thanks for being a part of our lives Bill. Our thoughts at this time are with Marg and the family.
    Brian and Debbie

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  3. Just read today, Dec 26 , of Bill’s passing. I would like to offer my condolences to Bills family. A nicer man I have not known. Just sitting here remembering times I shared with Bill, on the golf course and at work. I have a smile on my face and some tears in my eyes. I so enjoyed working or playing golf with Bill. The trips to Whitefish are very memorable. I remember once in Whitefish we were sharing a mattress on the floor of the condo, because there were probably 15 in the condo all snoring. We woke up at almost the same time and we were nose to nose, literally. I jokingly said to him, did you do anything to me that I should know about? Everyone kidded us about that during the trip. We just laughed and laughed. I know he will be greatly missed by his family. I feel lucky and fortunate to have known him. Thank you for letting me tell my little story. God bless you all. Tom lyness

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  4. The Ahmad Family :

    Dear Margaret, Nikki and Tisha,

    We are deeply sorry for your loss. We couldn’t have asked for better neighbours, and Bill will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.


    The Ahmad Family

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  5. Ron & Bev Deitz :

    Marg and Family,
    We are saddened to hear of Bill’s passing, although we know he isn’t suffering any more. The years have gone by since we last saw you guys – we always said “we have to stop and see Bill”…but alas…it never happened. We feel so sad about that. We had great times when we were neighbours across the street from each other. Sad to think that only moving a mile away could break the social vine. We hope that your family will have peace now as well as Bill.
    Our heartfelt sympathy to You and the Girls.

    Ron and Bev Deitz

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  6. Dear Bill, it’s been just over two years since we last saw each other when I was visiting Calgary and I was trying to stuff your face with pizza up at the Fanning. Bruce and Sharon were there with Marg and some of the family. I knew I wouldn’t see you again on that holiday as I was returning to Glasgow in two days. I was offered a few lifts back to my brothers, where I was staying, but I wanted to be on my own and reminisce as I walked back.

    I remembered those days in 1971 when we first joined the Calgary Fire Department. I remember the early days of training when Bill Mitchell gave us both a lift and we set fire to the ashtray in his car. Bill, who didn’t smoke had his ashtray filled with sweet papers (sorry Bill you were always giving me into trouble for speaking Scottish, I should have said Candy wrappings)

    When we finally got a car each and driving back from the snooker along Bow trail, in the winter, we crashed into each other. My fault I think, but it was actually the old woman, who tried to walk across the road in front of us and slipped on the ice, that caused it. (I don’t think that the Police believed us either).

    I was fairly chuffed when you asked me to be your best man at your wedding to the beautiful Margaret and I also recall that, on the way to the ceremony, in the car you dropped your cigarette down between your legs causing all sorts of panic reactions and had to stop the car in the middle of the highway. Doors open, all out, with cars whizzing by.

    Bill, I could go on filling page after page but I’ll keep the rest of our stories in my mind and pull one out of storage from time to time.

    I left many things behind, in Calgary, when Fran and I decided to return home to live in Scotland but you were one of the best. I’m returning to Calgary in June, for a holiday, but there will be something missing. God bless old son till we meet again.

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  7. Joe/Jerri Chapple :

    Our thoughts are with you and your family. Bill was an extraordinary individual and will be truly missed.

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  8. Bill and I were in the same class of 1971 and ran into each other many times over the years both on and off the job. He was one of the nicest men I ever knew and I’m truly sorry for your loss. He will be missed. God Bless, John Blair [Capt. Retired]

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  9. Phil van Rijt :

    As firefighters our working lives overlapped frequently.

    As a young firefighter moving from hall to hall it was always a pleasure to “check the move list” and find that I would be working with Bill at any rank level. He was always free with good cheer, work ethic and excellent advice, if needed.

    To understate: his “heart” was in all his actions. Men like Bill are few, and so these rare ones are much missed by all, especially his family.

    Very sincere condolences to all who knew him, particularly, those who knew him well.

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  10. Unfortunately I will not be in attendance for the celebration of Bill’s life but I wanted to send along my sincere condolences. I was lucky enough to both work and play with Bill during our years together as Calgary Firefighters. Bill and I shared enjoyable times both on the ball diamond and curling ice. Friendship and fellowship over an occasional refreshment was always enjoyed no matter win or lose! I always admired and respected his positive attitude and strength of character………rest well my friend. God bless.

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  11. Al Vandersteen :

    It brings me sadness to hear that Bill is gone. It was a pleasure to be his driver at #5. Bill was so loved by many that he always had visitors at his side when he attended retirement functions and the pensioners’ banquets. He enjoyed our crew visit to the Fanning while we were in the area from #7. Bill was a gentleman with always a kind word. I am sorry that I will be away and cannot attend his service.

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  12. We will. Miss you. Goodbye old friend

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  13. Barrie Roberts :

    Bill and I have shared many good times on the Fire Service since 1980. Unfortunately I will be unable to attend his service as I am in New Zealand till February end. Bill was my Captain at #8 station on the Squad, when I had my serious motorcycle accident in August 1996. I have always enjoyed Bills view of life and his enduring personality. May he rest now with many friends at his side bidding farewell to a magnificent gentleman. Goodbye Mumbles, my friend.
    -Barrie Roberts

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  14. Our deepest condolences to Margaret and the Kerr Family. I have many memories of Bill as a mentor for me on the CFD, and trying to be a mentor as I hacked and slashed around the golf course with him. He was actually a witness for my only hole-in-one, he must have willed it to go in the cup for me.

    Bill fought a valiant fight with a debilitating disease but he always had a beaming smile when we saw him out at various functions. He was truly interested in you and your family and we will always remember that.

    Cherish the memories of life well lived and shared by all,

    -Steve and Jody Wilson

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  15. Bill was the very best secret Santa, our neighbours could never figure out who was calling that gifts
    had been delivered.

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  16. Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. I met Bill in high school at Viscount Bennett and later when we were
    both on the Fire Department. Always enjoyed a good chat whenever our paths crossed.

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  17. Just a note to the family of Bill , He was a Great Fireman , A great Friend and i will Dearly miss his Smiling Face and Big Heart! ” Lots Of Love” Ted And Tom Kelter.

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  18. Briltz family :

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!
    Hugs from
    The Briltz’s

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  19. Alex Middleton :

    Hi Margret and Family
    So sorry to hear about Bill’s passing.
    We came on the Fire Department together and have a lot of good memories of him.
    My wife – Shaun and I wish to extend our heartfelt condolences to you all.

    Alex & Shaun Middleton

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