Jacob J. Lerner Newspaper truck driver

December 24, 1990

Jacob Joseph Lerner, a Baltimore Sun truck driver for 35 years who excelled in the art of ceramics, died of leukemia Dec. 10 at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Mr. Lerner, who was 74, began his career selling newspapers on the streets of East Baltimore as a boy.

Born in Highlandtown, he was educated in city public schools before being drafted into the Army during World War II. During the war he was stationed in Alaska with a medical corps and was commended for rescuing troops after a transport ship sank off Anchorage.

He returned to the Baltimore Sun newspapers after his discharge and drove a truck delivering The Evening Sun until retirement in 1980.

After retirement, he took classes in ceramics at the Pikesville Senior Center and soon mastered the craft.

In the last decade he made hundreds of figurines, including Moses, cartoon characters and a windup miniature baby grand piano that played music.

Mr. Lerner and his wife of 30 years, the former Elsie A. Druck, lived in Pikesville.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Samuel Lerner of Rockville and Louis Lerner of Pikesville; a daughter, Cheryl Miller of Columbia; and a granddaughter.

Services were held Dec. 11. The family suggested donations to the Leukemia Research Foundation Memorial Funds, 5515 Belair Road, Baltimore 21206.

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