2016-12-22 / Obituaries

Thomas Alexander


Thomas Alexander Thomas Alexander Thomas N. Alexander, 95, of Mackinaw City, was a World War II veteran, and a master electrician and businessman. Mr. Alexander passed away Sunday, December 11, 2016, at Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord.

He was born July 27, 1921, to Robert and Mary (nee Willing) Alexander in Saginaw.

Mr. Alexander was graduated from Saginaw Arthur Hill Technological School. After graduation, he served in the United States Army during World War II.

He married Virginia Cole October 4, 1941, in Mackinaw City.

After the war, Mr. Alexander attended Coin Electrical School in Chicago, where he earned his master electrician certification.

Upon moving back to Mackinaw City, he worked with his brother at Alexander Plumbing and Heating, later known as Alexander Electric, where he was active until 2006. He also owned and operated Tom’s Neon, where he made neon signs.

Mr. Alexander was active in the community, where he was the last charter member of the Mackinaw City Lions Club. He was a twoterm member of the Mackinaw City Village Council, and he was a board member of the Cheboygan Bank for 20 years. He was a member of the Mackinaw City Board of Education for more than 24 years. He served as a volunteer fireman for 40 years. He was a member of the Tahquamenon Hunting Club for more than 70 years. Mr. Alexander was a lifelong member of St. Anthony Catholic Church in Mackinaw City.

He is survived by three sons and their families, William and Linda Alexander, Kelly Alexander, and Richard Alexander, all of Mackinaw City; a daughter-in-law and her family, Mary Alexander of Cheboygan; 11 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters-in-law, Donna Cole of Lansing and Marilyn Cole of Mackinaw City; a brother-in-law, Don Carmony of Owosso, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Alexander was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, who died in 2011; a son, Thomas Alexander, who died in 2003; two sisters, and five brothers.

Visitation was held Thursday, December 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a prayer service beginning at 6 p.m. at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Mackinaw City.

The funeral mass was celebrated Friday, December 16, at 11 a.m,. at the church with Reverend Paul Megge and Sister Chris Herald, O.P. officiating. Visitation was also held from 10 a.m. to time of the service.

Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery in Mackinaw City in the spring.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Mackinaw City Lions Club or St. Anthony Catholic Church.

Nordman-Christian Funeral Home in Cheboygan assisted the family with arrangements.

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