, Salem, MA

September 16, 2013

Hugh Kerr, 61

Salem, MA — Hugh Kerr, 61, of Salem, Mass., was a total extrovert. A larger-than-life character who lived life on the edge and sometimes over it. He had a zest for company and entertaining. Beneath that business-like, incredibly loud exterior, there lay a kindhearted person always willing to go out of his way for you.

One’s first impression of Hugh went one of two ways, so people fell into two camps: those that loved him and those that stayed away. But either way, you never forgot him.

He maintained close friends throughout his life, a testament to his character and love for people he felt close to.

Hugh appeared to have never-ending energy normally focused into building a string of successful business ventures both in the UK and America. Although born in the UK, for him, living in America was a dream come true.

He loved danger, as perfectly demonstrated by his motor racing career, where he sometimes pushed just that little bit too hard in pursuit of the guy in front resulting in several heavy crashes. He just laughed off those minor setbacks and carried on. Perhaps that statement sums Hugh up. Unable to race any longer, he redirected his passion for competition to other pursuits, including Kerr Leathers, a quality, made in the USA, leather apparel manufacturing company, which made a positive, permanent mark in the motorcycle industry, to Passage to India in Salem, an Indian cuisine restaurant that embodied both his love for Indian cuisine and interacting with people.

Hugh leaves behind his loving wife and best friend, Johanna Kerr; a beloved son, Michael Kerr and his wife, Sarah, of Middleton; along with adored siblings, relatives and close friends.

ARRANGEMENTS: In keeping with Hugh’s wishes, there will be no wake or funeral, but rather a celebration of life get together to be held at Passage to India in Salem, on Thursday, September 19, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Any donation should be made to Hugh’s favorite charity, “Give Kids A Chance,” scholarship assistance for underprivileged children, at