Mr. Alexander was predeceased in 1968 by his wife of 18 years, Dolores A. Staron Alexander, his sister Amanda Stefanik, and his sister-in-law, Naomi Alexander. He leaves behind a daughter, Faith M. Manska, and son-in-law, Clay Manska of Sherman Oaks, CA, a grandson, Ryan Truax, of Los Angeles, CA, a brother, Edwin Alexander of Allentown, PA, his sister, Patricia Medeiros, of New Bedford, MA, as well as several nieces and nephews, and many close friends.
Mr. Alexander was born and raised in New Bedford, MA and after a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy during World War II where he served in the Pacific and earned numerous medals including the Purple Heart, he graduated from the Swain School of Design in New Bedford, MA. His interest in art began at an early age, with a love of drawing.
Upon graduation, Mr. Alexander began a successful free-lance career as an illustrator and commercial designer. He formed a long association with the New England Telephone Company, lasting 31 years. In 1962, he designed the widely recognized “Walking Fingers” logo and within a year it became the national trade mark for the “Yellow Pages” of every phone book. He later moved to Cape Cod, which allowed him to paint and exhibit his watercolors and oil paintings in Provincetown and Brewster, where he had his own successful gallery for 10 years.
Later years were spent living in Maine, Wyoming, and California where he was able to pursue his two passions in life: painting landscapes using both the mediums of water colors, and oils, and fresh water fishing. He took great pride in the various boats he owned and enjoyed taking family and friends on fishing trips and peaceful trips on some of the most beautiful rivers in the country. He especially enjoyed teaching his grandson the art of fishing.
Mr. Alexander moved to Stowe, VT in 1994 where he lived until his death. During this time he worked at the Robert Paul Galleries of Stowe, VT, where his watercolors of Vermont’s endless beauty were on display. His paintings have been purchased by people from numerous countries, and his watercolors are now in private collections throughout the U.S., Canada, England, and France.
Mr. Alexander was also a lifelong animal lover, and was “owned” by many cats throughout his life. He loved sitting in his favorite chair with a purring cat on his lap. He was also a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan, and was thrilled to finally see “his” team win the World Series three times in 2004, 2007, and 2013.
Much gratitude to the Meals on Wheels Organization, the Vermont Nursing Association, the Vermont Council on Aging, Copley Hospital in Morrisville, VT, and his personal physician for their amazing care, warmth, and professionalism.
His Funeral will be held on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 10:00AM in the Rock Funeral Home, 1285 Ashley Blvd., New Bedford. Visiting hours will be held prior to his service from 9:00 to 10:00AM. Alexander will be buried alongside his wife at Sacred Heart Cemetery, New Bedford, MA. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the American Heart Association, or the North Country Animal League in Morrisville, VT.