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William Kern

Born In: Springfield, Massachusetts, Canada
Born: June 22nd, 1943

Passed in: Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada
Passed on: November 25th, 2015

KERN, William died on Nov. 25 in St. John, New Brunswick. Bill was born in Springfield, MA, on June 22, 1943, son to Katherine and Otto Kern. Soon after high school he became a Canadian citizen and married Iris Berezniuk in October, 1961. They raised three children in Alberta, where Bill began a lifetime of wilderness hiking. He also became the classic sales rep, selling pharmaceuticals, eyeglasses, and more all across Canada,
After he and Iris divorced in 1996, Bill bounced between Alberta and the eastern provinces, living simply and walking many kilometers a day. He was always an active volunteer – preservation of rattlesnake habitat in Alberta, a portside visitor center in Miramichi, NB, and, after bypass surgery, in support groups for people undergoing major medical treatment. He continued this work long after he was diagnosed with ALS four years ago.
In his last weeks he could walk and care for himself only with difficulty, but he escaped the worst final stages of ALS with a fall and a fatal brain injury. Bill was predeceased by his son Reid, and he leaves his two other children, Andrea and Rian; his former wife Iris; and his brothers Otto in Hampden, MA, and Phil in Wilder, VT.

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