OBITUARY

Charles J. Kerr

August 15, 1927April 11, 2021
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Charles J. Kerr "Merck", of Roseland passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021 in the Morristown Medical Center at the age of 93.

He was born and raised in Jersey City where he remained until moving to Roseland in 2018. He attended Saint Michael's Grammar School, where served mass at his church and at Saint Francis Hospital Chapel. Charlie then attended Saint Mikes' High where he was an All City basketball player. After graduation, he attended John Marshall College and then served his country in the Army during the Korean War.

Charlie was the owner of Kerr Electric Incorporated in Jersey City for many, many years retiring 25 years ago. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) earning his 65 year pin and as a member of the National Electrical Contractors Association.

He was past President of St Michael's Holy Name Society and was active in the Saint Lucy's Catholic War Veterans Post. He also was an officer of the Buddy Boyle Association, St. Thomas More Council of the Knights of Columbus, the Friendly Sons of Saint Patrick, and was the last President of the original Monkey Club, Jersey City's oldest social club.

He organized and was first president of The New Tammannee Club and was President and Treasurer of the Wanderers Bowling League. More service came as coach of Little League and Babe Ruth League baseball and as a sponsor of the Jersey City Police Emergency and Narcotics Squad athletic teams.

For diversion, Charlie attended Brother Joe Griffin's Irish Dance School at Saint Peter's Prep and celebrated his Irish heritage in many gala ways. His community service earned him Irishman of the Year by the St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee in 1995.

He was the beloved husband of the late Joan (nee Curran) Kerr, loving father of Charles Kerr, Jr. and his wife Valarie, John Kerr and his wife Susan, and Karen Kerr-Schade, cherished grandfather of Kaitlyn Kerr, Kerri Kerr, Kristan Kerr, Brian Schade, and Evan Schade, and dear brother of the late Helen Duddy and Frank Kerr.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions and capacity limitations, visitors are asked to pay their respects and be mindful of others wishing to also visit. Visitors are also required to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

Services

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021

  • Chapel Prayer Service

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021

  • Burial

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021

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Janet Marcanos

April 12, 2021

I had the pleasure of meeting him at my job Jewel Electric where I worked with John. He was a beautiful soul. I enjoyed my talks with him. May you rest in peace. Thank you for your service. My sympathies to the family love you guys. God Bless

Ellen (Kerr) Hibberts

April 12, 2021

My prayers are with Uncle Charlie and family. HE WAS a great uncle to me. I remember having a sleepover at Uncle Charlie and Aunt Joan house before they had kids. We went to Uncle Milties carnival. THEY CAME TO MY wedding. We always tried to see them when we went to New York. Love Ellen from Canada.xxoo

Richard Kerr

April 12, 2021

My sincere condolences go out to the entire Kerr Family and Friends.My Uncle Charlie Kerr was a wonderful and great man.He will be missed by everyone who was fortunate to know and love him.I was lucky to have him as my Godfather.May God Bless You!Happy Irish Trails-Richard John Charles Kerr

Suzanne Kerr

April 11, 2021

I also remember Uncle Charlie was a basketball referee at st John's.
He will be missed .
Deepest Symapathys
SUZANNE KERR
ELLEN HIBBERTS
RICHARD KERR
CAROL KERR
BRENDAN KERR

Eileen Mulcahey

April 11, 2021

What a loving tribute ~it was a pleasure to have known you Mr. Kerr! Sympathy and prayers for the family at this difficult time. Our families have wonderful memories together & that is a blessing in itself. May you rest in peace with your beautiful wife & continue to watch over the family together now ~ Amen ~ The Cermak Family

Kristan Kerr

April 11, 2021

I will miss you so much Grandpa.

Margaret O'Keeffe

April 11, 2021

Mr. Kerr was a gentleman , devoted to his family and his faith . Condolences to the Kerr Family , R.I.P. Mr. Kerr.

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