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Kazimierz "Casey" Sleszynski (1899-1959)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Thursday, September 24, 1959

Headline: Yukonn Waters Claimed New Victims On Weekend, 1959

    Icy Yukon waters claimed two more victims last weekend bringing to six the number of people drowned this year in the territory. Police are still trying to find the body of Alan Lyle Weber, who fell into the river near the south end of Whiskey Flats about 8:45 a.m. Saturday. Drowned the same day at Lewes dam was Kazimierz Sleszynski, whose body was recovered from the dam.

    A local resident since 1955, the late Mr. Weber was born September 21, 1931 on a Saskatchewan farm. He spent his early years on the farm and came north to work for the city as a truck driver.

    From September 1956 to January 1957, he worked for Whitehorse Autometals and since August 1957 had been a civilian employee with 17 Works Company RCOC in Whitehorse,

    Early Saturday, Mr. Weber was walking along a path at the river's edge and apparently lost his balance. Residents in the Flats saw him swept out into midstream but were unable to get help in time. He is survived by his father, John Weber, in Young, Saskatchewan.

    Also a civilian employee, Mr. Sleszynski had been a fireman with RCAF Whitehorse and Watson Lake since April 1948. Born May 20, 1899 in Poland, he lived in Canada many years and was a British subject.

    Apparently he and RCAF Cpl. Frank Tower were fishing Saturday afternoon at the dam when their boat overturned. Cpl, Tower managed to swim ashore.

    Funeral services for the late "Casey" Sleszynski will be announced later after notification of his only known relative, brother Stefan, in Wykomo, Poland.

    Mr. Slezynski will lie in state at the Wallden Funeral Home, where friends wishing to pay last respects may do so each evening between 7 and 9 and all day Sunday.