We were very saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Colin Kerr last week. Colin was a long time Team Manager, and was always very involved with the club, even jumping behind the counter at the canteen whenever we were shorthanded.
We will remember him for his cheery hello and wave as he turned up at Edwards to watch his children play. He was a devoted father, deeply involved in the sporting career of all 4 kids. He was always very quick with a joke, and was loving the rise of "cousin" Samantha Kerr in the Matildas.
His eldest son Seong writes - My dad was a big part of concord for a long time, he was a great dad and loved football, but he also loved watching me play each and every week,he had 4 kids and made an effort each and every week to try and make it too all the games, he was also a big supporter of me, I would look over to the sideline and see him watching me play, and he was happy no matter the score. His smile was infectious for everyone who meet him. Rest in peace dad. Love Seong
Coach Anthony from the U14 writes "It's difficult to find the words to express the loss that we feel after the passing of Colin. He was a true gentleman in every sense of the word. Colin had a way of making all of the players in our team feel good about themselves with his positive comments and genuine care. As a manager, nothing was ever too much trouble for Colin. He was always supportive of the team and never had a bad word to say.
I think I speak for every parent in our team when I say that we would always look forward to catching up with Colin at training, on the sidelines or after a match. His kindness and positivity were infectious. Personally, I am going to miss the in-depth discussions about successes and failures of our beloved Arsenal.
People of Colin's calibre don't come around very often. I know that every player and parent who was fortunate enough to get to know him, will be feeling a genuine and significant loss right now. We extend our sincere and deepest condolences to Colin's family and we know that his attributes and legacy will continue through his beautiful children."
Coach Jim from the U16G says "Colin was such a generous, caring and sincere person. He was always available to pick up or drop off folders for the team, always asking other parents if they needed a hand with taking or dropping off girls for matches, with parents often happy to return the favour when necessary as we knew he and Kathryn were usually running around on a Sunday sometimes for up to 4 matches. He was always supportive of the coaches throughout the season, regardless of whether the team was winning or losing; he knew and often said coaching was a tough gig. Colin would always have kind and supportive words for the girls (and the coaches) when results didn't go our way. His beautiful children all have the same sincere and supportive nature on and off the field, and we will all greatly miss having him around the club."
Coach Rocco & Manager Gary from the U21 "Colin has been around the club for as long as we can remember. He was always a great support to all his children, dividing up his time to make sure he supported them all. We will remember him for his infectious personality, always having a laugh, his unrelenting cheering from the sideline and as a genuine great guy. We extend our deepest condolences to Kathryn, our brother Seong and his siblings Jackie, Isabel and Yoobhin. The U21 team will miss him dearly. Rest in peace our friend."
The club would like to thank the Canada Bay Football Institute and participating SIXES teams for holding a minutes silence in tribute to Colin last Friday. This was the suggestion of Yoobhin's Coach & team mates and much appreciated by the family.
The club extends our sincere condolences to Kathryn, Seong, Jackie, Isabel and Yoobhin for their collective loss as they navigate their new normal. The family have requested donations to the National Breast Cancer Foundation in lieu of flowers. Link below if you would like to donate.