Frederic A. Alexander, 81, of Hilltop Road, Broadalbin, passed away Friday morning, October 4, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital, Amsterdam.
He was born in Irasburg, Vermont, on January 1, 1932, the son of Maynard and Doris Sears Alexander and was a graduate of Orleans County High School. As a teen, he was an excellent pitcher, leading his baseball team to the state finals. Fred grew up in Irasburg, became its town clerk and ran a lumber mill alongside his father. He was a proud Vermonter and New Englander.
Mr. Alexander was a graduate of Paul Smith’s College and the University of Maine at Orono with degrees in forestry.
He was a veteran of the US Army, having served in the Korean Conflict until the armistice was signed, obtaining the rank of Corporal.
In 1968, the Alexander family moved to Broadalbin, where Fred was employed as a Purchasing Manager at the former Mohawk Furniture until his retirement. He was a Cub Scout Pack Leader and also volunteered for the Fulton County Meals on Wheels program. Fred enjoyed attending many of his grandchildren’s sporting events and other functions. He loved his NY Giants as well as the Atlanta (formerly Boston) Braves.
He was married to Frances T. Gosselin on December 29, 1956. She died on November 6, 2010. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his beloved son, David L. Alexander, a brother, Edward Alexander, sister and brother-in-law, Marjorie and William Orcutt, and sister-in-law Louise Gosselin Bushnell. He and his wife, Fran, kept Dave’s memory alive by helping with the David L. Alexander Memorial Golf Tournament, held annually in Rochester.
He is the much loved father of daughter Susan Avondolio of Burnt Hills and son Mark (Kelly) Alexander of Waterford; and the cherished Pop Pop of Stephen and Emily Avondolio of Burnt Hills, and Meghan and Lauren Alexander of Rotterdam. Fred is also survived by a brother, Robert (Roberta) Alexander of Craftsbury Common, Vt., two sisters, Janet Alexander and Jean Hinson, both of Rutland, Vt.; brother-in-law, Lawrence (Gerry) Gosselin of Venice, Fla.; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Calling hours will be held on Monday from 4 to 6 :30 p.m. at the Robert M. Halgas Funeral Home Inc. 111 County Highway 106 (Corner of Route 29 & Black Street), Johnstown, followed by a service led by Mr. Keith Bartholoma. Burial with military honors will be held on Tuesday at 1 p.m. at Irasburg Cemetery, Vermont. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ayres Animal Shelter, where he and Fran adopted their beloved Bella, or to the Orleans County American Legion Post #23, both in care of the funeral home. Or, one may plant a tree in his memory, something he would greatly enjoy.
His family would like to sincerely thank Patti and Eddie Sawyer of Broadalbin for the excellent care, friendship, laughter, and loved that they gave to Fred in his final years. Many thanks to the staff at River Ridge Living Center, and St. Theresa’s Hall and Community Hospice at St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam for their care and guidance.