April 20, 1925 - August 22, 2013
Ed Alexander passed away peacefully to be with his Lord on August 22, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. He is survived and remembered with deep love by his devoted wife of 66 years, Olly, and his children Ned (Sheila), Susan (Dan), Tim, and Leah (Brian). Missing their grandpa (Boppa) are Amy (Phil), Lily (Drew), Angela (Raj), Matt (Hayley), Faith, Tim (Meghan), Sarah (Luke), Michael, Charlotte (Michael), Emily and his three great-grandchildren Josh, Freya and Kiran. Missing him is his sister Marjorie. Ed was predeceased by his sister Winnifred and grandson Nathan.
Ed was born in Prince George to Chester and Rita Alexander. There he met the love of his life, Olly, who he married in 1946. Prior to joining the Navy, he was a telegrapher with CN. In the Navy he rose to the rank of Lt. Cmdr. in an adventurous career seeing the world.
His love of the sea influenced his first retirement to Nanoose Bay and Parksville. He then worked with the City of Nanaimo helping people refurbish their homes. He also loved hockey, fishing and a good game of crib.
Ed, a man of faith, and Olly joined the Christian Fellowship Centre in Qualicum Beach and eventually he served as Pastor for 11 years, retiring for the third time in 1993. He was thankful for the opportunity to provide leadership, fatherly support and loving encouragment for his church community.
Most of all he intensely loved his family and all occasions that brought them together.
His family would like to thank the church family and many friends for their loving support and prayers. Thanks also to the staff and volunteers at NRGH Palliative Care for their sensitive care in Ed's final days and to Dr. Hancock for his concern and care for Ed over the years. A special thank-you for the loving, caring relationship of brother-in-law Norman Woodcock.
A Memorial and Celebration of Life will take place at 2pm on Monday, September 2 at Christian Fellowship Centre, Qualicum Beach. We would be honoured if, in lieu of flowers, a donation was made to a charity of your choice.
Published in The Times Colonist on Aug. 27, 2013