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Obituary: Zachary Simon Lerner ’17

It is with sadness that Auckland Grammar School recognises the sudden passing of Zachary (Zac) Lerner ’17 due to a medical emergency. As a recent Old Boy, Zac was a third-year student residing at St Paul’s College and studying at the University of Sydney.

Zac was a loyal and genuine member of the Grammar community. He had a lively and dry sense of humour, while his abilities and relationships traversed sport, music and student leadership.  

Zac was an academically able student who also excelled at Tennis as was reflected in his selection in the Premier Tennis team in both 2020 and 2021. He was a capable musician who had been a member of the Big Band throughout his five-year tenure at the School. Alongside his musical and sporting talents, he gave back to the School community as a member of the Interact group and the Chronicle’s editorial team.

Zac was a School Prefect in 2021 and led with character, without seeking personal reward or recognition. He remained connected with the School as an Old Boy and a proud Grammar boy.  

Zac was well-respected for his genuine demeanour, positive attitude and considerable potential, and he will be sadly missed. 

Our sympathies are extended to Zac’s mother, Rachel, and his brothers, Old Boys Jacob ’13 and Ben ’15 as well as to his wider family and friends. Our thoughts are also with the St Paul’s College, the University of Sydney community and the Old Boys residing there.  

As a sign of our respect to Zac’s family, the flag on the Main Block of Auckland Grammar School will be flown at half-mast until the end of Monday 18 March 2024.