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Adam K. Lerner (1913-1959)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Thursday, June 18, 1959

    Adam Lerner died. at 3:45 a.m. today from head injuries caused in a highway accident Sunday. Another local man, John Gordon, also in the accident, was reported in satisfactory condition.

    The accident occurred 23 miles north of Haines, Alaska on Sunday. They had been taken to St. Ann's Hospital in Juneau, Monday.

    John Gordon was reported in satisfactory condition athough painfully injured. He suffered a broken collarbone and facial cuts. Alaska State police said the two men and another companion were riding in a station wagon which went out of control and overturned.

    The third man, whose name was not learned, was apparently thrown clear of the wreckage and was not injured.

    Lerner and Gordon were brought to Haines after the accident and flown to Juneau Sunday night on an Alaska Coastal Airlines plane.

The Whitehorse Star - Thursday, June 25, 1959

    Funeral services for the late Adam L. Lerner were held Tuesday at 10 am. from the RCAF Roman Catholic chapel. Father Studer conducted the Mass and interment followed in Whitehorse cemetery. Pallbearers were H. MacDonald, G. Harris, E. Haden, K. Megahey, H. Rossaene and L. Proctor. Wallden Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

    Mr. Lerner died last week as the result of injuries received in an accident near Haines, Alaska. He was thken to hospital in Juneau last Sunday.

    Born in Fox Valley, Saskatchewan, Mr. Lerner had lived in Alberta for a number of years. During the late 1940's he worked in the Spirit River area, leaving there for the Coal Branch where he remained until opening his own business in Whitehorse in 1955.

    He did heavy construction welding and during World War II, worked on airport construction welding.

    He is survived by his widow and four children.

Lerner's Welding, 1959