Years ago

Bernie Lewis RIP

I just heard that apparently Berni Lewis and his wife both died in a Plane accident in NZ.

Is this true? If so it is very very sad.


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Kent Brockman  
Years ago

Has been reported on 10 news...very very sad.....they both loved the sixers.

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Years ago

yeah saw that on the TV its a great loss and i would like to pay my respects to his family and staff. He was great for the club and i'm sure his loss will be felt hard througout the adelaide 36ers. RIP

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Years ago

Yes, it is true and terrible news. Article about it:

Plane crash kills three on Taupo mountain

Two big 36ERS fans lost.

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Years ago

ABC radio news 6pm:

The former chairman of the Adelaide 36ers basketball club and leading Adelaide businessman, Bernie Lewis, and his wife have died in a plane crash in New Zealand. The accident happened when a charter plane crashed into a mountain as it was coming into land on the North Island. It is believed a press conference will be held later tonight.

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Years ago

Very, very sad news.

Bernie was a legend of the club, and was instrumental behind the last 3 championships, with doing a lot of the wheeling and dealing to get certain players, and coaches to join the club.

Bernie leaves behind a very important legacy to the Adelaide Basketball Club, and would be fondly remembered by most people who have had the honour to meet him.

Go with Grace, Bernie. RIP.

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Years ago

Someone who did so much for the sport we all love

R.I.P. Bernie

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Years ago

This is sad , are thoughts are with his and her family

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Years ago

It is a sad day for all in South Australian Community. Respects to the family and friends.

Not just two big sixer fans but to big fans of South Australia.

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Years ago

More info from the ABC:

Mr Lewis came from humble beginnings.

Born in the UK to a working class family, he came to Adelaide with his parents as a boy, beginning his life in Australia at a Gepps Cross Migrant Hostel.

Later in business he led the merger of the Hindmarsh and Adelaide Permanent Building Societies and founded the mortgage broking firm which bears his name.

He was chairman of SA Great and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, an Adelaide city councillor and played a prominent role in sport including seven years as chairman of the Adelaide 36ers.

Full article

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Years ago

Met him in business circles: a great guy! Peace & Wishes to his family.

I heard on the radio a service is happening on Friday at the Dome. Assume BASA or some1 will send news release soon.

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Moses Guthrie  
Years ago

From the ABC this morning:

Bernie Lewis's funeral to be held at basketball stadium
8:47 AM February 4

Thousands of people from South Australia's business and sporting communities are expected to pack Adelaide's Beverley basketball stadium next Friday, for a funeral service for Bernie and Christine Lewis.

The leading Adelaide businessman and his wife were killed in a light plane crash near Taupo on New Zealand's North Island on Wednesday and their bodies were recovered yesterday.

Mr Lewis's son, Mark, has told the ABC the family had decided to hold the service at the stadium, given Mr Lewis's love of basketball and his seven years as chairman of the Adelaide 36ers.

Mark Lewis and his sister, Vanessa, are now in New Zealand, and plan to bring their parents' bodies home next Monday.

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Years ago

Bernie if your up there with axx 2 the net id just like to let you know you were/are legend of the Adelaide 36ers and we will probs not have a chairman like you again infact no club in the NBL will have a chairman like you . Its a shame to see you go , hopfully you will be able 2 watch your team and help them win another championship

RIP Bernie

p.s the sixers should retire a jersey or somthing wit Bernie Lewis on the back of it , in his memory.

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