Remembering Barry Kerr

Remembering Barry Kerr

July 31 1947 – July 23 2016

Barry suddenly passed on the morning of Saturday 23rd July 2016.

Barry Kerr had a distinguished career in all facets of the game of rugby league.He played the game in the St George District before forging a promising career in the St George Presidents cup team.

A classy Lock 5/8 he had all the skills to progress to higher honours, however due to chronic injuries he had to turn his back on a 1st grade career. A few years later he received a clear bill of health to resume playing and was signed by the collegians RLFC in Wollongong where in his 1st season was the leading try scorer in the competition.

Barry’s love for the game continued after his career. He had 3 sons all progressing to NRL ranks: Keiran with the Dragons and Tigers, Chris and Tom at Cronulla and the Bulldogs respectively.

A very smart judge of a footballer, he brought together a small club in the shire – St Joseph’s Rugby League Football Club – where he delivered premierships and nurtured young talent into the Cronulla and St George ranks. 

Barry then turned his hand to the Sydney League News Magazine, with help and clout as the Managing Director of Harpers Educational books. He was at the forefront of getting the magazine into the hands of every school kid in Sydney. 

The magazine contained all the information on the rising stars in the game, reports on junior rugby league clubs, junior rep footy as well as Australian Schoolboys and the Commonwealth bank Cup. 

Later Barry then teamed up with the St George Illawarra Dragons to produce the booklet ‘Dragons in the Classroom’.

The book was a health and fitness book containing all NRL players promoting a healthy lifestyle. Barry worked tirelessly to enable the book to go to every school in the St George and Illawarra Region. Such was his passion he attended all Dragons games fundraisers and Gala days promoting the book. With the Dragons going on to win the premiership in 2010 the book was put in the hand of 1000s of spectators.

Rest in Peace Barry. 

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