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Lionel A. Vinal (1882-1942)

Highlights of History from The Whitehorse Star

The Whitehorse Pioneer Cemetery

The Whitehorse Star - Friday, March 6, 1942

Headline: Assistant Postmaster L. A. Vinal Died Suddenly Monday in Downtown Store, 1942

    It was a great shock to this community when it became known that at about 5 o'clock Monday our assistant postmaster, Mr. L. A. Vinal, died suddenly in the store of Burns & Co., Ltd. the result of a heart attack.

    Deceased had called at the post office to transact some business just previous to arriving at the meatmarket and it was whilst conversing with his friend Gordon Armstrong there that he collapsed and fell to the floor. He passed away within a very few minutes without recovering consciousness. We are informed that just before he collapsed he told Gordon that he had received a letter from his sister whom he had not heard from for 23 years.

    The funeral was held at Christ Church under the auspices of the local branch of the Canadian Legion (B.E.S.L.) the Rev. L. G. Chappell officiating. The large congregation in attendance and the floral tributes which were placed upon the flag-covered coffin were silent tribute to the memory of one who had spent many years in this community. Interment took place at the local cemetery, Messrs. H. Daglish, J. A. Simmons, Karl Brydon, W. D. MacBride, Corpl. B. Allan and Const. H. J. Macdonald, R.C.M.P. acting as pallbearers.

    The late. Mr. Vinal was born in Lincolnshire, England, and celebrated his 60th birthday last October. He came into the Territory about 1903 and for a number of years was a member of the R. N. W. M. P. For the past twelve years approximately he has been asistant postmaster at the local post office. He was also a veteran of the First Great War.

    Only recently he had returned from a trip to the coast and was spending the remainder of his vacation making improvements to his house.

    He leaves to mourn his loss his mother who at present is residing in Bayswater, London, England, and a sister, Mrs. Irene Newton, of Toronto, Ont., to whom sincerest sympathy is extended.