Jack Kerr died recently at his home in Kirkcudbright at the age of 84.
He was born the son of a farmer at Kirkcowan in February 1927 and can only be described as an ‘out-of-doors’ man.
After a short tour of duty in the navy he joined the staff of the auction market at Castle Douglas and this then led to employment with the Carsewell Company, the farm seed suppliers at Dalbeattie.
He was a very popular salesman and was well known all through Galloway as he travelled selling the company’s products to farmers.
He was very successful and as the company expanded over the years they were taken over several times.
By the time retiral age came around Jack was working for Carrs of Carlisle.
When retirement loomed the company asked him to remain with them, but by then Jack was ready to devote more time to his many pastimes and so started on a retirement that lasted 20 years.
On February 4th, 1950, Jack married Betty McKeand in The Crown Hotel, Newton Stewart and they went on to enjoy 62 years of married life, celebrating their diamond wedding in 2010.
A card of congratulations from Her Majesty the Queen being the highlight of a very special day.
His love of the countryside led him into the pursuits of shooting and fishing, and he was a very competent angler who enjoyed trout fishing in rivers and lochs all over his beloved Galloway.
At shooting he was more than competent and became a leading exponent of clay pigeon shooting and won the Siller Gun, reputedly the oldest shooting trophy in Scotland.
He also took part in game shooting and with his devoted dog Sam was well known at shoots all through the district.
After he retired he particularly enjoyed bowling and latterly, when he was no longer able to participate, he was a very keen spectator and he continued to support the club.
His other abiding interest was bridge and as a member of at least two Kirkcudbright clubs he played for many years both locally and at county level.
With his bridge partner and good friend Jim Hyslop he had many happy hours at the game.
He had always been a motoring enthusiast and in his youth rode motorbikes, with Betty for company, before progressing to cars.
Recently he attained his ambition of owning a Mercedes and did in fact drive his dream car the day before he died.
Jack will be fondly remembered not only by his close family but by a very large circle of friends and associates with whom he came into contact during his long and active life.