John R. Alexander

John Robert Alexander died peacefully at the age of 79 on Wednesday December 14, 2011 at the VA Medical Center in West Roxbury. John is survived by his wife Lois Uellendahl Alexander of Sherborn. They were married in 1974 and lived in MetroWest for 37 years. John is also survived by three daughters: Judith Uellendahl and Karen Lucy of Broooklyn, NY and Kathryn Emilie of Albany, NY. He leaves his brother and sister-in-law: Charles and Carolyn Alexander of Bethesda, MD and their five children and thirteen grandchildren. He also leaves Lois' sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Michael Sullivan and their daughter Laura, all of Sherborn. Born in Framingham, John was the son of the late Charles Moses Alexander and Anna Teresa Garbarino. He suffered a debilitating spinal cord injury while serving as a second lieutenant in Korea shortly after graduating from Boston College in 1954. After a period of rehabilitation, he joined Dennison Manufacturing Company as a time-study engineer and later became the Employee Counselor within the Human Resources Department. In an additional role, he facilitated the Dennison Mfg. Co. Scholarship Plan for 20 years. He went on to receive a Masters in Education from Boston University and a Masters in Business Administration from Babson College. John retired in 1994 and subsequently dedicated himself to his roles as father and community member. Calling hours are Friday Dec. 16 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Boyle Bros. Funeral Home, 173 Union Ave., Framingham. A memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday Dec. 17 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Tarcisius Church, Waverly St., (Rte. 135) Framingham. Also on Sat. Dec. 17, at 2:00 p.m., a celebration of remembrance and thanksgiving will be held at Pilgrim Church, 25 South Main St., Sherborn, followed by a reception at the Sherborn Community Center, 1 Sanger St., Sherborn between the hours of 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, 636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3A, Short Hills, NJ 07078 ( a charitable entity close to John's heart, as its focus is finding a cure for and helping those with spinal cord injuries.

Published in The Dover Press from Dec. 16 to Dec. 23, 2011