THE official funeral for Olympian George Kerr takes place today at the Meadowbrook United Church starting at 11:00 am.
Kerr died on June 15 at the age of 74, two weeks after suffering a massive heart attack on June 4. He was the first athlete to have the Jamaican flag hoisted for a gold medal when he won the 400m and 800m at the Central America and Caribbean Games held at the National Stadium in 1962.
At the 1960 Olympics when Jamaican athletes competed as part of the British West Indies team, Kerr won bronze medals in the 800m and as a member of the men's 4x400m team.
He also competed at the Commonwealth Games, winning gold in the 440 yards and silver in the 880 in 1962 in Perth, Australia, and a bronze in the 880 at the 1966 Games in Kingston.
Kerr died leaving wife Fay, children, and grandchildren.