Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Kennesaw boy, dad spend final days together on hunting trip

Prince George Citizen
Published on: 06/11/07

Ten-year-old Jonathan Kerr of Kennesaw, gravely ill with liver cancer, fulfilled a final wish last week by hunting bear with his dad in the Canadian wilderness.

On Thursday, he died during the plane ride back home to Atlanta.

Jonathan's funeral is today in Forest Hill, W. Va.

The family's grief is tempered only by the fact that Jonathan realize his dying wish by hunting in British Columbia with his father, Bruce Kerr.

"It was fantastic and he had such fun," Kerr said by phone from West Virginia, where Jonathan's mother's family lives. "It was unbelievable."

On the trip, he and his father saw snow and 90 degree weather, fished for trout and killed a bear in the wild during a hunt near the Yellowhead River.

On the Delta flight back home, Jonathan stopped moving his eyes when the plane was about 40 minutes away from landing in Atlanta. A nurse and a pediatrician on the plane helped the boy in his final moments, his father said.