Monday, December 02, 2019

Solstice Sun Wreath - Week 2

I dedicate this solstice sun wreath and its candles to my soulmate. The love of my life, he passed beyond the fields we know last Saturday, November 30th, after battling pancreatic cancer fiercely, like the warrior he has always been. He was my best friend and my light. I do not know what I shall do without him.

Irving H. Kerr
Major (Ret'd) OStJ, CD, LLB

Peacefully in Ottawa, Ontario on Saturday, November 30 in his eighty-seventh year. Beloved husband of Catherine (Cate). Loving father of Laura Kerr (Martin) and Susan Peever.  Grandfather of Deborah Daniels (Don), Jason Lewin, Lloyd Crosby, Catherine Crosby and Brendan Peever. Great grandfather of Brooke, Katie, Olivia and River.

After retiring from distinguished service with the Royal Canadian Regiment, Irv was admitted to the bar and went on to a successful career practicing Family Law. An avid hunter and angler, he also enjoyed hiking, bird watching, forestry, geology and other areas of natural history, passing his interests on to his children and grandchildren. Irv and Cate covered much of the Lanark highlands on foot with canine companions (Cassie, Spencer and Beau), and they took great pleasure in their rural rambles together.  An officer, a gentleman and an ardent Canadian, he will be missed by his grieving family and by regiments of friends.

Donations in his memory may be made to the bursary program of the Canadian Corps of Commissionaires, the Old Forge Community Resource Centre or the Wild Bird Care Centre. They were charities close to his heart.

14 comments:

bev said...


Cate - I know what a difficult time this will be. It's particularly hard when your partner was your soulmate and best friend and you spent a lot of time together doing the things you both loved so much. Know that there are many of us thinking of you. take care, bev

Beth Owl's Daughter said...

Oh, my dear. No words are adequate, except sending love and deepest condolences.

Dee said...

I'm so, so sorry for your loss. Sending you love and light.
Dee

Unknown said...

Please accept my condolences.

Irene

Marsha said...

I am very sorry to hear this sad news. Please take care of yourself and let others care for you. My candle flames are burning in his honor, and in yours.

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

may you find light in the darkness
deepest sympathy to you

Pienosole said...

My sympathy to you at this sad time.

scatdespain said...

I am so sorry for you deep loss.
I would like to send a blessing to both you and your beloved soulmate:
"May the long time sun shine upon you
All love surround you
And the pure light within you
Guide your way on."
Sarah DeSpain

Debbie said...

Holding you gently, tenderly in my heart . . . still. ❤️

Maggie Emm said...

Oh, what sad news, my heart goes out to you. Much love, Maggie.

lady grey said...

So so sorry to hear of your loss.
May you find strength in the love of your family, in the kind thoughts
of friends, and in your deep, abiding memories of joyous times.

ekmanspiral said...

So sorry to hear this sad news. He sounds like a wonderful man. May your memories give you peace and comfort.

Kiki said...

Oh dear Cate, what terrible news. Only last week I spoke to Hero Husband about 'this lady in Ontario' (where I lived for a short while,not in Ottawa but Toronto)and I told him about your quiet ways, going out with your dog(s), doing lovely teas and caring for your husband. And now he has returned to a better place.
I'm sending you heartfelt condolences, prayers and good thoughts. May you and your family, friends and neighbours be consoled and find the strength to go on, into that maybe coldest of cold winters, without the love of your life. Hugs across the oceans and lands.

Rebecca said...

I'm so, so sorry for your loss.