Wicklow

| 6.5°C Dublin

Wicklow woman Abbie Kerr is mourned on both sides of the Atlantic

Close

Arklow woman Abbie Kerr (nee Nuzum).

Arklow woman Abbie Kerr (nee Nuzum).

The Nuzum Butcher Shop, located at 41 Main St in Arklow was very popular among locals

The Nuzum Butcher Shop, located at 41 Main St in Arklow was very popular among locals

Arklow woman Abbie Kerr (nee Nuzum).

Arklow woman Abbie Kerr (nee Nuzum).

Arklow woman Abbie Kerr (nee Nuzum).

Arklow woman Abbie Kerr (nee Nuzum).

Arklow woman Abbie Kerr (nee Nuzum).

Arklow woman Abbie Kerr (nee Nuzum).

/

Arklow woman Abbie Kerr (nee Nuzum).

wicklowpeople

The Arklow community and family in British Colombia and Ontario, Canada, are still reeling after the sad news that Abbie Kerr (nee Nuzum) died peacefully on Oct 13, surrounded by her loved ones.

Born on October 8, 1931, Abbie was in fine form as she celebrated her 91st birthday just a week before she passed. The sun shone brightly on the Kerr matriarch throughout the day, as her children and grandchildren showered her with loving affection.

Abbie was born in Arklow to hardworking parents, Elizabeth and Edward Nuzum, who owned and operated the family owned butcher shop at 41 Arklow Main Street. The pair worked tirelessly to support Abbie and her 10 siblings, instilling a strong work ethic and moral fibre in each of their children.

While she loved being with her family, Abbie valued her individuality. She excelled in academics, athletics and, given the opportunity, might have become an architect. With a keen eye for colour, shape and design, her natural ability was evident in several homes she designed, remodelled and renovated, and in her flair for everyday fashion.

This is Wicklow Newsletter

The local stories that matter in the Garden County, delivered directly to your inbox every week

This field is required

Close

The Nuzum Butcher Shop, located at 41 Main St in Arklow was very popular among locals

The Nuzum Butcher Shop, located at 41 Main St in Arklow was very popular among locals

The Nuzum Butcher Shop, located at 41 Main St in Arklow was very popular among locals

Abbie’s great love of reading led her to a career as a librarian. She flourished in the role, taking a huge amount of personal satisfaction in sharing her passion for literature and the arts with children in the community. Her intellect and quest for knowledge led to some fierce debates. More often than not, when the dust had settled and the facts had been checked, Abbie usually came out on top!

Abbie met her life partner, Jake Kerr, on a blind date and went on to marry him in April 1953. The newly weds immigrated to Canada soon thereafter, becoming the first members of the Kerr and Nuzum clans to set off for Toronto.

The couple’s generous spirits shone through as they helped several friends, including Abbie's sister Myra (Bob Hall) and brother Malcom (Ella), make the transition to their new lives in Canada. Abbie moved around Canada with some regularity in the years that followed, and embarked on extensive travels with the love of her life.

Close

Arklow woman Abbie Kerr (nee Nuzum).

Arklow woman Abbie Kerr (nee Nuzum).

Arklow woman Abbie Kerr (nee Nuzum).

Jake experienced serious health issues throughout their marriage, but Abbie was always by his side. She supported him, kept her sense of humour, her spirits high and ensured her husband always received the best health care possible. Abbie consistently displayed strength in the face of adversity, and endurance on the long and bumpy road of life.

When John ‘Jake’ Arthur Kerr passed away in 1999, after 46 years together, a fiercely independent Abbie continued to live her life to the fullest. She travelled the world, visiting Australia, New Zealand and her native Ireland with some regularity

Abbie always spoke about “her favourite trip” to China, when she took a cruise on the famous Yantzee River. She was accompanied by her ‘Irish twin’, sister Myra. Almira ‘Myra’ Hall passed gracefully at her home on Saturday, August 6, 2022 where she peacefully joined her husband and life companion of over 70 years Robert Thomas Albert Hall.

For Abbie and her siblings in Canada, the love shown by their family in Ireland, especially her mother Elizabeth and sister Lily, was a constant source of strength. Not only was Abbie a loving wife, but also a loving sister to Lily, Ned, Dan (Sally), Thomas, Paddy (Maureen) Rodie (Dolores), Oscar and Hyacinth.

Close

Arklow woman Abbie Kerr (nee Nuzum).

Arklow woman Abbie Kerr (nee Nuzum).

Arklow woman Abbie Kerr (nee Nuzum).

Abbie and Jake are survived by their three children, Glenda (Mike), Dave, and Aileen (Lyle). They miss Abbie’s loving heart, determined independence, grace and fearlessness. These fantastic qualities were passed to her loving grandchildren; Melanie (Rob), Jennifer (Kelly), Lucy, Katie (Greg), Jake, Kerr, Max, and Darcy. Abbie’s great grandchildren Holden, Leo, Malyki, Kaz, Kaleb and Tenley.

Indeed, Abbie had a real soft spot for her nephews and nieces in Canada and in the old country. Being “Auntie Abbie” was a significant part of her identity and she took on the role with vim and vigour.

Close

Arklow woman Abbie Kerr (nee Nuzum).

Arklow woman Abbie Kerr (nee Nuzum).

Arklow woman Abbie Kerr (nee Nuzum).

Abbie’s daughter, Aileen Kerr, said: “The Kerr family would like to express gratitude to Marilyn (Mody), family member and close friend who enriched Abbie’s quality of life during her last several years. Mody provided both care and companionship to Abbie which resulted in her being able to live in her own home independently and safely for as long as possible. Thank you Mody!

“The Kerr family thanks the care staff who supported Abbie to live independently, and the amazing team at The Heights of Mount View, British Colombia, for the quality care provided to Abbie. The family very much appreciates staff for focusing on Abbie for the strong individual she was, honouring her lifetime of self-developed routines and interests. As we raise a glass to toast Abbie, we are full of gratitude for all the life gifts she has granted us. Her family is forever thankful. As the Irish proverb reminds us… Abbie will live quietly in the background of our lives.”


Privacy