Kerry Kime a Remarkable Man
By arrangement Northern Sydney, Welfare Officers Fred Jackson and Ken Vessey along with Ian Dodds (Men of League Member) met up with Kerry Kime plus his good friend/companion Tony Lewis when they visited the Heroes & Legends Museum,NRL Central,Sydney.On the day of the visit Fred, Ken and Ian were volunteers at the Museum and gave Kerry and Tony a guided tour of the marvellous exhibits and history of rugby league on display.
Kerry was born and grew up in Raymond Terrace, NSW, playing his early days in rugby league with the Raymond Terrace RLF Club, he talked about watching many great games of rugby league in Newcastle, when the “Steel Town” was a rugby league stronghold. In 1971 he and his wife Colleen moved down to Winmalee/Springwood where they have lived since raising a family of four children, 10 grandchildren and one great grandson.
Kerry quickly became a well known identity in the Winmalee township through being the local Butcher for 23 years and a Taxi Driver for another 6 years. He told us one of his best mates in Springwood was the late great Laurie Nichols (Balmain Tigers Number 1 Supporter) and he related many funny stories about Laurie and him. In recent years Kerry has overcome major health issues through his courage and determination to regain his health and enjoy life with his wife Colleen, family and many friends.
On the 5 October 2014 he was overjoyed when his team the mighty South Sydney Rabbitoh’s won the NRL Grand Final because he has followed the team all of his life. Kerry regularly attends Men of League functions especially organized by the Men of League Metro Committee, where he enjoys meeting many ex South Sydney grade players and the wonderful events.
We presented Kerry with a Men of League polo shirt in appreciation for his lengthy support of rugby league and wished him a continued speedy recovery to good health. In return he was very thankful for the gift and he thoroughly enjoyed his tour of the Heroes & Legends Museum.