If you knew Kerrie Guibord – you knew how much she loved animals, especially her three cats Gryphon (Fat Boy), and twins Tiki, and Ronde – otherwise known as her “boys”.
They always brought such joy and comfort to her. Kerrie was an avid reader of anything in print and accumulated quite a library over the years. She was a history buff and especially enjoyed reading about the American Revolution. Kerrie also enjoyed and grew a variety of plants and flowers in her gardens. A few of her favorite places to spend time with family and friends included Rollins Pond State Campground in the Adirondack Mountains of NY, a family camp on an island in Lake Champlain, NY, and the beautiful islands of Hawaii.
Kerrie was a very active tri-athlete who loved to train and compete with her friends and teammates in the great outdoors. She was known by many at the Jersey Shore as “Coach Kerrie”. She could often be found running the boardwalk in Spring Lake, riding her bike on training rides, participating in Adventure Team Races and training at The Atlantic Club where she was an active member. She was a big fan of Lance Armstrong and aspired to emulate his work ethic as she prepared for many of her athletic events, as well as the challenges that she faced in life. She was famous for her team training regimens and encouraged many a first time marathoner. In addition, she dedicated her time and energy to raise money for a variety of causes such as the National Arthritis Foundation (NAF) and the Multiple Sclerosis Society (MS).
Kerrie trained many NAF Joints in Motion teams to compete in various marathons including those in Dublin, Ireland and San Francisco, Ca. Other marathons that she participated in included scenic places such as Alaska, Chicago, San Diego and the grueling Marine Core Marathon in Washington, DC. She was a regular participant in the MS 170 mile bicycle team ride from Sandy Hook to Cape May and the River to Sea Relay from Frenchtown to Manasquan.
Kerrie loved an event that would challenge her mind and body. Her ultimate goal was to be able to participate in the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii. To begin preparations toward Hawaii, she competed in the Ford Ironman in Lake Placid, NY in July of 2004. Her attempt to compete a second time in 2005 was thwarted by the onset of ALS. Although she found herself unable to complete the event in 2005 due to muscle fatigue during the 2.4 mile swim, she was at the finish line 8 hours later to cheer on a first-time Ironman competitor that she had trained. It was a true testament to her commitment to the challenge of the sport and to those she often took under her coaching wing.
ALS may have claimed her body, but Kerrie’s spirit lives on in each first-time swimmer, cyclist, and runner as he/she dives into the water, clips into the bike pedals, or pounds the pavement!
Anne Torrey Coleman
October 1, 1938 – October 2, 2008
Just a few years ago Anne was playing with her grandchildren, enjoying the beach and rooting on her beloved Tar Heels with her husband Wilkes.
That all changed when she was diagnosed with ALS. For two years she battled valiantly but inevitably fell victim to this dreaded disease in October of 2008.
When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking
When you thought I wasn’t looking,
I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator,
and I wanted to paint another one.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you feed a stray cat,
and I thought it was good to be kind to animals.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make my favorite cake for me,
and I knew that little things are special things.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I heard you say a prayer,
and I believed there is a God I could always talk to.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I felt you kiss me goodnight,
and I felt loved.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw tears come from your eyes,
and I learned that sometimes things hurt, but it’s all right to cry.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw that you cared
and I wanted to be everything that I could be.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I looked…
and wanted to say thanks for all the things
I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking.