POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Edward Berchman Kerin, of Poughkeepsie, died Thursday, June 2. He was 77.
The son of Edward John and Josephine Karlsen Kerin, he was born Oct. 6, 1938, in Hartford, Conn..
Struggling to read, his father taught him to love words and literature. He won a scholarship to Williston Academy. He attended Colgate and then joined the U.S. Army, serving for six years and reaching the rank of lieutenant, reinforcing his belief in loyalty, honor and hard work. He later received his executive MBA from Columbia University.
A 50-year resident of Poughkeepsie, he worked for and eventually co-owned Chemprene in Beacon. He served on many boards, including Vulcan International Corp., Dutchess Golf Club (president), Vassar Warner Home, Greater Southern Dutchess Chamber of Commerce (chair) and Workforce Development Institute (chair).
He is survived by his wife, Theresa Downes Kerin; children, Katherine Kerin, Elizabeth and Kirk Carver, Timothy Whitesell, Patrick and Renee Whitesell; grandchildren, Grace Nechanicky, Aurora Whitesell, Nell Stevens, Sophia Whitesell and Rowan Whitesell; siblings, William and Louise Kerin, Lynn and Charles Cormier, Leah and John Giblo, and Robert and Randi Kerin; and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his sister and brother-in-law, Miriam and William Keith.
There are no services. Arrangements are under the direction of the William G. Miller & Son Funeral Home Inc., 371 Hooker Ave., Poughkeepsie.
His family asks contributions in his memory be given to the Williston Northampton School or the Children’s Home of Poughkeepsie.
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