John Hugh Alexander II, 80, of Lodi, died peacefully at home on January 23rd, 2013. He was born on August 30th, 1932, in Providence, Rhode Island.
It is said that some people pursue happiness, while others create it. John was one of those individuals for whom happiness was always a companion. As a child, he spent much of his youth camping on the shores of East Matunuck Beach, Rhode Island. From Memorial Day to Labor Day each year, his family set up their home on the sand inside of an army issued tent. There he was transformed into the family-centered outdoorsman that he would later be known for. He will also be remembered as the perspicacious soul who made every stranger feel as if they had known one another for years.
His love of gospel music- including his years in the church choir – carried him through many storms in life as well; his years spent as a bass with the Elmbrook Quartet and the SONrise Trio roused many, especially his own family, into a life filled with a love for praise music. His immense love of opera and the vast number of trips to see his niece, Diane, perform his favorite lines from The Phantom of the Opera stand as a testament to those, who will forever remember the sound of John's voice barrowing operatic tunes for all to hear. From his love of singing and fishing to his whole-hearted pursuit as a machine salesman, he was always filled with a light that no one could stamp out.
During his retirement years, he developed a nickname that his family would remember him by and his grandchildren would know him by: Happy-Happy. His tremendous amount of glee was contagious wherever he went, and even from his last moments on this earth, he could be heard saying, "You're phenomenal."
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, January 29th at 11:00am at First Baptist Church of Lodi, 267 N. Mills Ave. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Lodi, Learning to Hope- an education ministry for the children of Northeastern India.