James Alexander "Alex" Trieste, of Boynton Beach, died Friday, November 15, 2013 at the age of 67. Alex was born on November 9, 1946 and lived most of his life in Delray Beach. Alex served in Vietnam as a decorated member of the United States Navy. Upon his honorable discharge, Alex married Meirwen "Mei" Trieste and returned to Delray, earning a Bachelor's of Accounting degree from Florida Atlantic University. He became a licensed CPA and was a founding partner of Schmidt, Raines, Trieste, Dickenson, Adams & Co., in Boca Raton (now CBIZ MHM, LLC) where he practiced for 30 years before retiring in 2006. Alex is the father of Aaron Trieste (Julie Houston Trieste) of Wellington and Paige Trieste-Tilghman of Boynton Beach. Alex cherished his relationship with his children and was a source of support, wisdom, advice and love into their adulthood. Even more than his love for being a father; Alex adored being a grandfather and beamed with pride over his four grandchildren: Dylan, Ayden, Avery and Mayson. His own youthful enthusiasm and constant curiosity made him the perfect man for the title "Grandpa". Alex spent his final years with his constant companion, Constance "Connie" Raybuck Ames and served as a father figure to her children Natasha and Eric, and grandchildren Sadie and Mariah. He is preceded in death by his father Charles Trieste, Sr. who owned Trieste Construction Corporation for 43 years and mother Margaret "Inez" Trieste who was a teacher in the community for 20 years. He is survived by sister, Pamela "Pam" Trieste of Thornton, Co. and brother, Charles "Chuck" Trieste, Jr. of San Marcos, TX. With Alex's passing, Delray Beach has lost one of its best-remembered and revered natives. He graduated from Seacrest High School in 1964, where he was a star football player and track athlete, and he is being remembered by friends with stories of his life in a city that he loved. He was an active member of the BPOE 1770 Delray Beach Elks Lodge where he was honored as Elk of the Year 2010-2011. Alex didn't just live life. He loved it. To Alex nothing just OK. It was "terrific" or "outrageous". His appreciation and adoration for his family, friends and colleagues was always felt when he was around and will continue to be felt by those who loved him most as the memories of him will bring comfort in our sadness. Friends may call on Tuesday, November 19 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. with a 7:30 p.m. service at the Lorne & Sons Funeral Home, 745 N.E. 6th Avenue, Delray Beach. He will be buried in a private ceremony at the South Florida VA National Cemetery in Lake Worth on Wednesday. Alex fought a long battle with prostate cancer and died with dignity in the care of Hospice of Palm Beach County. To best honor his memory, his family asks that you encourage the men in your life to have routine health screenings. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the
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Published in Sun-Sentinel on Nov. 17, 2013