Lee Kert, 79, boxer, owner of home-improvement firm

March 24, 2004

Lee Kert, a former professional boxer, nightclub emcee and burlesque manager who established a Hampden home-improvement company, died of cancer March 15 at Manor Care Ruxton. He was 79.

Mr. Kert was born and raised in Philadelphia and served in the Army during World War II. In the late 1940s, he boxed professionally under the name of Lee Carroll in Pennsylvania and New York as a middleweight, winning 17 of 32 bouts.

During the early 1950s, he was a nightclub emcee, played the trumpet, sang and was a standup comedian in the Florida Keys. In the late 1950s, he operated burlesque shows that were a staple of traveling carnivals.

In 1958, he moved to Baltimore and established E&L Contractors, a business he continued operating until his health began to fail several years ago.

A longtime Hampden resident, Mr. Kert was an avid boater and rode his motorcycle until he was 76.

His marriage to the former Katherine King ended in divorce. In 1960, he married Antoinette Fredericks, who died in 1974. At his death, he was separated from the former Dorothy Dickerson, whom he had married in 1978. She lives in Kingsport, Tenn.

A memorial service will be held at noon Sunday at the Burgee-Henss-Seitz Funeral Home, 3631 Falls Road.

Mr. Kert is survived by his son, Edward Kert of Hampden; a brother, Bernard Kert of Vero Beach, Fla.; and a sister, Doris Zonis of Lake Wales, Fla. His daughter, Karol Kert, died in 1989.

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