Obituary: Robert James 'Jim' Kerr

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  • | 10:45 p.m. August 4, 2015
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Robert James “Jim” Kerr passed away Sunday, July 26, 2015, from a massive stroke.


Jim was born June 2, 1941, at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida. He presently lived in Eustis.

He grew up in Winter Garden. Jim graduated from Lakeview High School in 1959 and attended University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, on a football scholarship. He was a member of Phi Kappa Tau.

Jim was retired from Mercury Marine at Disney and continued to tinker with outboard motors. He had purchased Kerr’s Marine from his dad then worked for a few years in medical-supply sales before going to work at Disney.

He loved the Florida Gators, NASCAR, fishing, Key West and Jimmy Buffet. He also loved his dogs, Breezy and Juju.

Jim was predeceased by his parents, Helen and Robert Kerr; and nephew, Jimmy Crabtree (named after his uncle and father).

He is survived by his fiancee, Toni Crider Johnson; daughters, Leslie Alison Kerr, of Longwood, and Amy Kerr Black (Andrew), of Orlando; son, Robert Scot Kerr, of Orlando; five grandchildren, Sean, Evan, Kylie, Brennan and Kate; sister, Sue Crabtree (Fred), of Winter Garden; niece, Karen Crabtree, and nephew, Andy Crabtree, both of Winter Garden; cousins, nieces and nephews.

He is also survived by Toni’s extended family of sisters, brothers, nephews, nieces and cousins.

A casual Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at First United Methodist Church in Winter Garden, 125 N. Lakeview Ave., Winter Garden. The Rev. Rusty Belcher will officiate. Family and Friends are invited to attend.


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