'Cloud 9 guy' remembered fondlyAmbitious young father, Adam Maier, who died unexpectedly in September
Northern News Services
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
It was difficult for Jennifer Maier to sum up her late husband in a few words.
Adam Maier is remembered as a fun, ambitious father and business owner. He passed suddenly in September. He is pictured here, second from left, with brother Matthew Maier, left, and Bill Robbins and Josh Sherris on the right. - Photo courtesy Jennifer Maier
"He was the life of any party - fun, outgoing, charismatic," she told the Inuvik Drum about Cloud 9 restaurant owner Adam Maier, who died suddenly Sept. 3.
"He had this incredible laugh. He loved a good argument but he was also incredibly kind. If someone needed his help, he was there in a second."
Only 35 at the time of his death, Adam was also father to two children, Ryan and Ava Maier. He owned and operated both Cloud 9 and Twisted Concession at the Midnight Sun Complex, along with a catering business.
"As a father, he was always trying to teach the kids something," said Jennifer. "Our daughter loved cooking with Dad. For our son, it was skidooing, fishing, sports and lots of board games. As a husband, he would say to me, 'You'll never be bored with me,' and that was always true. There was never a dull day with Adam. He made every day fun, even if we were just sitting at home watching TV."
She and Adam had been living in Saskatoon when Adam saw an advertisement for a cook in Inuvik.
"We were supposed to stay a year, but he loved Inuvik and the North, and that year turned into 12," said Jennifer. "I'm incredibly proud of everything he accomplished. He started as a cook and within a few years earned his Red Seal and became a successful business owner. He loved being the Cloud 9 guy."
Twisted Concession and Cloud 9 are now owned by Jennifer under the company name Twisted Ladle. Larry Allum is running both.
Allum remembers Adam came to him seeking some casual help at the airport one day per week.
"That's how we met and we've been good friends ever since," said Allum.
"He was a good person. He knew what he was doing. He had his ambitions. He had his goals. He had a beautiful family and everything was good."
He called news of Adam's death devastating.
"Too young," said Allum. "It was very unexpected."
For now, it will be business as usual at both the concession and Cloud 9.
- with files from Kirsten Fenn