January 1, 2009 Issue                                       





The Chestnut Hill Local
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George B. Adair

George B. Adair, 86, a retired landscaping contractor, died Dec. 29 at his home in Flourtown.

Mr. Adair operated a landscaping business under his name in Chestnut Hill for more than 40 years and served many local families.

A Chestnut Hill native, he was the son of the late William and Hannah Adair. He was a graduate of J.S. Jenks Elementary School and Germantown High School. He enlisted in the Navy immediately after graduation and served with the Pacific fleet during World War II.

He was a longtime member the Chestnut Hill Presbyterian Church and, later, of the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, where he served as deacon for many years.

An avid gardener, Mr. Adair was a member of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society for many years. He also was a member of the Freemason Society.

A service of life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, at the First Presbyterian Church in Springfield, 1710 Bethlehem Pike, Flourtown, PA 19031.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Wissahickon Hospice of the University of Pennsylvania, 150 Monument Rd., Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004, or to the above church.


William G. Cerino

William G. Cerino, 74, a retired Philadelphia firefighter, died Dec. 28 of congestive heart failure at his home in Chestnut Hill.

Mr. Cerino retired from the Fire Department in 1984 after 20 years of service.

He was a graduate of Norwood-Fontbonne Academy and Germantown High School. He joined the Army after graduation from high school and served during the Korean War.

He is survived by a son, David W. Cerino, and a daughter, Diane M. Cerino. Mr. Cerino’s wife, the former Donna M. Bassett, and a daughter, Debra Ann, preceded him in death.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2, at Our Mother of Consolation Church, 9 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19118.  Memorial contributions may be made to the above church.


Myer Kerman

Myer Kerman, 93, a retired city administrator, died Dec. 24 at his home in Chestnut Hill.

Mr. Kerman retired as assistant manager of Philadelphia’s Public Property Department after more than 30 years of service.

A graduate of Temple University, he served as a captain in the Army Air Corps in India during World War II.

Mr. Kerman was born in Philadelphia, the son of Isaac and Anna Napp Kerman.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Elizabeth Ann. Two brothers, Aaron and Manuel Kerman, and a sister, Sadie Zion, preceded him in death.

Graveside services were held Dec. 29 at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd.