Philip A. Kerner, 83, passed away in South Hill, VA, on January 20, 2013 after a long illness. Born in Bayonne, NJ, on November 13, 1929, he graduated from the University of Virginia. He went on to a successful career in banking, working his way up from teller to bank president and garnering an appointment to Deputy Commissioner of Banking for the state of New Jersey.
But those were not the accomplishments that he would want to be remembered for. Always close to the land, he was a dedicated hunter, sportsman, and farmer. He hunted a varierty of quarry from rabbits to coyote to deer and even bear, but his undying passion was always horses, hounds and foxhunting. Mr. Kerner was a very active member of the Amwell Valley Hunt of Ringoes, N.J. for years, serving on the hunt committee and as whipper-in. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Reedy Creek hounds of McKenney, VA.
“A day in the saddle behind a pack of good hounds is always a day well spent” was his motto. He delighted in good hound work and the music of hounds in hot pursuit. He hunted with many a pack in several different states, always well mounted and well turned out. He counted many of fox hunting best among his friends. Many were the stories he told about his adventures (and sometimes misadventures), while hunting, always with a twinkle in his eyes and a smile upon his face. His listeners never had a doubt about his love of the hunt.
Mr. Kerner is survived by his wife Susan, his daughter Alice Marie and son-in-law David Bechtolt of Brick, N.J., and his step children, Gerald and Laura Lewis, both of Atlanta, GA along with a host of friends in the many places he had lived and hunted. He shall be greatly missed by all. Memorial contributions may be made to the family via Williams Funeral Home, P.O. Box 41, Lawrenceville, VA. Online condolences may be made at www.wmsfhva.com.