On Saturday, November 4 Kerry Leary-Smith was struck by a vehicle on Fern Street Gerringong, and despite the efforts of local community members and paramedics, she sadly passed away on the way to hospital.
Her funeral at Woronora Crematorium on Monday, November 13 was attended by scores of family members and friends, colleagues and neighbours, who following the service shared their memories of her at the South Cronulla Surf Club.
Kerry’s husband Dave, sister Jann, daughter Angela and son Ryan, spoke of someone who was loving, feisty and energetic, and who lived life to the full.
She had been a dedicated teacher who took pleasure in bringing out the potential in children, an active sportswoman, and an enthusiastic Sharks supporter.
Together, Kerry and Dave greatly enjoyed travelling, and they had only recently returned from an exciting trip through Eastern Europe.
Kerry and Dave had holidayed in Gerringong for many years, and in 2005 they purchased a townhouse in Renfrew Road.
They moved permanently to Werri Beach in 2014 when Kerry retired from teaching. She loved the lifestyle – walking, swimming, gardening, and visiting the gym - as well as winning seafood trays at the Bowlo.
Neighbours in Werri speak of how she always had a smile on her face, and how friendly she was.
The love of her life was her family, and especially her two little granddaughters, Kailah and Halle.
It is a source of much sorrow to all who knew her, that at the age of 62, in good health, she was taken long before her time.
Vale Kerry Leary-Smith.