Former Ontario OUT of DOORS Editor-in-Chief John Kerr passed away from complications related to cancer on March 28. He passed peacefully in the East York home he lived his whole life in, surrounded by his loving family.
He was 73.
Kerr was a legendary angler and outdoors writer, who worked as a longshoreman on Toronto’s waterfront, until he embarked on a full-time freelance career in the mid-‘70s, writing for the Globe and Mail.
Kerr then began writing for Ontario Fisherman and Hunter, the predecessor to OOD, in the late-‘70s, where his innate integrity and encyclopedic knowledge of angling quickly caught the attention of readers.
At Ontario OUT of DOORS
Kerr became OOD’s Fishing columnist and in-office editor in 1984. He also wrote weekly outdoors columns for the Toronto Sun from 1981 until 2009. Afterwards, he was chosen to lead the magazine as Editor-in-Chief, a position he held until his retirement in 2012.
Among other honours, Kerr was inducted into the Canadian Angler Hall of Fame in 2010. He was a friend and mentor to many outdoor writers.