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Raymond W. Alexander

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Raymond W. Alexander Obituary
SOUTH EGREMONT - Raymond William Alexander, 76, of South Egremont, MA died November 21, 2016 of World Trade Center linked Cancer.

Born May 24, 1940 to Ann and Raymond S. Alexander in Flushing, Queens he grew up in Port Washington, Flushing and Whitestone, Queens. Ray was an Altar boy at St. Mel's RC Church in Whitestone Queens. He graduated in 1958 from St. Helena's high school in the Bronx. He attended Eastern Illinois University and then enlisted in the United States Coast Guard Reserves where he served as a boatswains mate with rescue swimmer classification.

In his youth Ray enjoyed basketball, gymnastics and drag racing where he had a 62' Chevy Biscayne with a 348 and 3 two barrels, he said "all worked out". He was a frequent winner at the West Hampton, LI Drag Strip.

In December of 1962 Ray was appointed Patrolman in the NYC Police Department and assigned to the 17th Precinct. In October of 1963, following in his father's footsteps, Ray was appointed to Fireman in the Fire Department of the City of New York and assigned to Ladder 144. Throughout his 41 year career Ray was assigned to L-33, L-111, L-10, L-26, and L-2. In 1986 he was promoted to Lieutenant and assigned to the 16 th Battalion and then L-8, Engine 151 and E-70. At home and on his day off on the morning of September 11, 2001 he reported to his firehouse in the Bronx and from there to the World Trade Center via a commandeered NYC bus. He proceeded to work at the WTC and the Fresh Kills Landfill for months. During his career he was cited numerous times for conspicuous duties and once for personal bravery in which he slid on a life saving rope down the rear of a burning tenement to search for trapped occupants.

In April of 1970 he married the love of his life Ginger Monz and they moved to Kings Park, Long Island. In 1971 their first son Raymond Hans was born and in 1974 their second son Robert William was born.

Ray is survived by his wife Ginger of South Egremont, his eldest son Raymond and his granddaughter Delaney Kellan of Middletown, CT and his youngest son Robert of the Bronx, NY; his sister Carol Anne Cass of Smithtown, NY, nieces Karen Anne and Lori Jean and their families of Long Island, and his nephew Robert and his family of Buffalo, NY.

SERVICES: Liturgy of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, November 28 th at 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Valley Church on Maple Avenue in Sheffield, conducted by Rev. Bruce Teague, celebrant.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 26th and on Sunday, November 27th from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home in Great Barrington.

Throughout his life Ray practiced his Roman Catholic faith with great humility.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Ret. Lt Raymond W. Alexander E-70 to Fire Family Transport Foundation through FINNERTY & STEVENS FUNERAL HOME, 426 Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230.

To send remembrances to his family go to www.finnertyandstevens.com
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Nov. 23, 2016
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