The Association of Ontario Land Surveyors is sad to notify you of the death of Ernest W. Kerr, OLS 1277
In his 90th year, Ernie, a Dominion & Ontario Land Survey Engineer by trade and a family man by nature, passed away peacefully on January 21st, 2019 in Ottawa, ON. Born in Vancouver, BC on January 29th, 1929 the youngest of three children; Helen (Barrie) of Vancouver and predeceased by Mildred Vallieres of Orillia, ON. Beloved husband of Helene (nee Beaudoin) of 63 years. Loving "Dad" of Diana of Ottawa, Christina (Bruce) of Calgary, Robert (Donna) of Burlington, Daniel of Ottawa and Joanne of Ottawa. Cherished grandfather of Michelle, Alexander, Kaleigh, Dennis, Nicolas, Nicole, Jacqueline, Eric and Chanel. Great-grandfather of Anthony, Sophie, Mason and Lennyn.
Ernie loved his family and had many hobbies - clock and pocket watch collection, Ham radio, genealogy and woodworking. He also loved the outdoors - at age 19 he built his first log cabin on Mt. Seymour, (Vancouver, BC) and then moved to Ottawa where he met Helene and started his family. They then built their first cottage in Breckenridge, QC on the Ottawa River. In 1977 - a new building adventure was a cottage on McGregor Lake in Gatineau QC, a place family still enjoy today.
When he retired from the Federal Government, he needed a new hobby and purchased a 40-acre hobby farm in Avonmore, ON where he designed and built a log cabin. There he began to grow varieties of nut trees. He spent years segregating and irrigating the property in hopes of cultivating the finest nut trees and to leave a small legacy for his children and grand-children. This he has done, and it is appropriately known as Kerrsdale Farm.
Ernie also volunteered with the Eastern Chapter of the Society of Ontario Nut Grower, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority as well as the Ottawa Experimental Farm to assist with many land survey functions.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Kelly Funeral Home - Walkley Chapel (613-731-1255). The Family will hold a Celebration of Life in the spring.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the May Court Hospice, Ottawa or the Canadian Cancer Society are appreciated.