David Bruce Kerr (better known as Bruce), was born in New Castle, PA in 1932 to Mr. and Mrs. Elmer G. Kerr. He graduated from New Castle Senior High in 1950, and in 1952 married Carolee McDermott. Bruce worked for Bell telephone until he was drafted into the army in 1954, where he served in Germany. There he lived with Carolee, and infant son Brad until discharged in 1956. Upon returning to the states they welcomed their son Doug and Bruce returned to work for Bell Telephone. Later, in 1959, Bruce returned to the halls of learning, earning his BS/BA in 1964, from Youngstown State University. Once graduated, he joined General Telephone Company as Plant Manager in Connersville, Indiana. From there, he and his family joined Sundstrand Corp. in Rockford, Illinois. Bruce was then promoted to their facility in Dowagiac Michigan. While living in Michigan, they adopted their daughter Wendy. Sundstrand promoted Bruce to a position of plant manager at Frigid Coil Frick, in Santa Fe Springs, CA, in 1974. The family moved to Hacienda Heights and the ever-learning Bruce received his MBA at Pepperdine University.
After Sundstrand sold the California facility, Bruce, Carolee, and Wendy moved back east to join Krack Corporation near Wheaton, Illinois. From Wheaton, Bruce moved to the Parker Pen Company as Corporate VP, in Janesville, Wisconsin. Eventually, when Parker Pen was sold Bruce, moved to VP of Human Resources and a new job near Cornwall, New York with Star Expansion and later Imperial Schrade. During the course of his career, Bruce Kerr negotiated with all the major unions including the URW, IAM, and the IBEW, always looking for fairness and the betterment of all.
Bruce, Carolee, and family vacationed all over the US and when the kids became independent, they enjoyed cruising and traveling to Europe many times. He loved chocolate and was quick to joke or offer assistance. Bruce always had an opinion or idea to share and loved a good chat. He constantly upgraded the homes they brought from crown moldings, caps on window ledges, electrical, painting, and helping his beloved wife Carolee garden. He always had a project or two going on. Bruce especially loved reading – he was a real history buff, especially when it came to the Founding Fathers of the United States. Bruce and Carolee retired 17 years ago and enjoyed their retirement in Murrieta, CA.
His wife of 67 years, and their three children; sons Charles Bradford Kerr, Douglas Bruce Kerr and his wife Barbara Gleason and their daughter Wendy Kerr-Lasiter and her husband Mark, six grandchildren and four great grandchildren survive Mr. Kerr.
Bruce had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s in the early 2000’s and was recently discovered to have congestive heart failure. He passed away peacefully in his sleep while at home.
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