Adam Matthias Greenwald (1927 - 2015)

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Adam M. Greenwald
January 5, 1927 - April 11, 2015

Adam Matthias Greenwald, Koch Woo Teen, was born on January 5, 1927. He was surrounded by love at his passing April 11, 2015. A lifelong resident of Hoonah, Alaska, Adam was of the Raven Moiety, T'akdeintaan Clan and Leader of the Mt. Fairweather House. He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Esther, his daughter Lois Greenwald Deyo (Dave), his son Gordon Greenwald (Chris), grandchildren Tyler Deyo and Tessa Deyo, Great Grandchildren Carly and Hadley Deyo, sisters Marlene Johnson (Cliff), Pauline Hinchman and Freda Borchick and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews and extended family members.
Always industrious, his first job at the early age of ten was on a fish buying scow where he worked for Stanley Thompson Sr. Adam proved himself capable of running the full operation; buying and icing fish and selling groceries, supplies and fuel to the fishermen. In his teen years he worked in Excursion Inlet on the dock building project which was part of the war effort. Next he was employed by the US Forest Service as a truck driver in Juneau building the Hurbert River Road. Upon completion, the Forest Service transferred him to Cordova working on the vessel Chugach as an engineer. During his tenure in Cordova, he received his Army draft papers and headed off for basic training for WWII at Fort Richardson in Anchorage.
Adam was a proud veteran of WWII where he served as an Engineer on military tug boats. Although he would have liked to, he never left Alaska during his deployment, spending most of his Army years in the Aleutians.
After the war Adam returned to Hoonah and worked in many different occupations. He owned a logging company, was the proprietor of Greenewald's Store, ran a fish tender for Icy Strait Packing Company, was a successful fur trapper and a commercial fisherman.
Following in his Uncle Harry Douglas's and his mother's commitment to civic duty, Adam served several terms on the Hoonah City Council and as a board member for the State of Alaska Board of Fish and Game.
He loved music and many folks have memories of his entertaining saxophone music. There were a lot of jam sessions held in his workshop with other local musicians. Adam enjoyed the opportunity to play for dances and other community events.
In later years, Adam enjoyed staying busy and productive with a subsistence style of living. He sport fished and was well known for turning out excellent smoked fish and dry fish which he loved to share with family and friends. When the season was right, Adam would be out on the beaches gathering seaweed or digging clams. When those foods were all processed and put away for later enjoyment, he could be seen out working in the garden and picking berries, apples, cherries or plums.
Adam was not one to keep his knowledge to himself. He eagerly shared his "secrets" of smoking and drying fish with family, friends or anyone else who had an interest in learning. Adam loved telling stories and talking with fellow hunters, trappers and fishermen about their endeavors and trading yarns.
Another great joy he pursued was spending time with his grandchildren Tyler and Tessa who visited every summer to learn about the wonders of Alaska and to have quality time with Grandpa and Grandma. He passed on to them much of his love for the land and the wonders it provides.
Adam was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Sr. and Elsie Johnstone Greenewald, brothers, Albert, Robert Jr. and Karl Sr., and sisters Mable, Tillie, Hilda, Lottie, Neva, Rosie and Janet.
A Celebration of Life Memorial will be held in Hoonah on Sunday, April 19th at 3:00 pm in the Alumni Gym.
Published in The Juneau Empire from Apr. 24 to May 24, 2015
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