Kerry Kohring’s passing is a great loss to us all

Our beloved colleague Kerry Kohring, a mainstay of the Providence Journal copy desk for decades Kerry Kohring, Retirees Chapter presidentand a tireless defender of workers’ rights for The Guild, died over the weekend of a heart attack after a long struggle with cancer.
Kerry was a union man to the core, contributing to the cause in myriad ways over the years. Sometimes he led from the front, serving in a number of leadership roles at the local and regional levels. But Kerry was always a foot soldier at heart. Hammering out deals at the negotiating table. Stuffing envelopes. Handing out leaflets in rain and snow and dark of night, and serving coffee and doughnuts at dawn. Speaking truth to power on our behalf at stockholders’ meetings. And marching, marching, marching, with well-edited sign in hand, on picket lines to protest corporate greed.
In retirement Kerry kept up the fight, founding and leading our retirees chapter. No matter what we needed, he was always on call, always volunteering, even when he had a larger battle of his own to contend with in recent years.
Yet Kerry was ever the gentleman, pressing our cause with polite yet steely determination, a twinkle in his eye and Twizzlers in hand (the red ones, of course … and only on Fridays, as a sweet reward for surviving another week in corporate-controlled journalism).
His son, Mathias, posted on Facebook: “A great shining light in this world has gone out. 2 days ago, my father, Kerry Kohring, was found in cardiac arrest in his home, and despite the efforts of the Providence Fire Department and myself, he was unable to be resuscitated and was pronounced dead at Miriam Hospital.
“My father was an unyielding optimist and always loved to comfort people by saying “All will be well.” He just never told you how long that would take. We are working through our grief together with that belief. 

“Dad will be cremated and his ashes interned at a small private ceremony. We have not scheduled any public service at this time. Mom has asked that in lieu of sending flowers, please consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society or the American Heart Association.
Please hold your loved ones close and never miss an opportunity to tell them how much you love them. My dad was known for his infinite sources of love and encouragement and we will miss him dearly.”
We will miss you, dear friend, and we’ll certainly hold a place for you on the line.
Solidarity forever. 💪