Alexander, Robert Moore 'Bob'

Bob passed away peacefully at the Meaford Long Term Care Centre surrounded by his loving daughters and the wonderful staff on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in his 90th year.

Born in Thornbury on March 10, 1932, Bob was a son of the late Harold and Kathleen (nee Moore) Alexander.

He was the beloved husband of Julia Marie Alexander (nee Fiegehen) who predeceased him in 2005.

Bob is survived by his cherished daughters Katherine (Robert Somerville), Shauna (Ann Marie Devon), and Sheilagh (Darren Bowins).

He was the proud grandfather of Lindsay (Jack Somerville), Thomson (Cassie Somerville), Nickolas and Karissa Bowins, and great grandfather of Kenzie Somerville, and great grandfather of Freya and Clara Somerville.

He will be missed by his sister Fran Dance and was predeceased by his brother-in-law Bill Dance in 1998.  He was the dear uncle of Sandy (Nancy), John (Jan) and Mike (Rose) Dance.

Bob worked alongside his father Harold as the manager and owner of Alexander’s Red and White Grocery Store in Thornbury.  He enjoyed finding ways to care for others and assisted on many charitable boards and committees.  He spent his life giving and always saw the best in people.   He was a great supporter of the underdog, those who others often overlooked.  Bob was a humanitarian who offered so much to his community, his friends and anyone who needed help. He will be missed but will never be forgotten.

Bob’s family extends their sincere gratitude to the staff at the Meaford Long Term Care Centre for the love, support and compassion shown to Bob and his family over the years and for the extra care and consideration during his final days.

A private family graveside service will be conducted at Thornbury-Clarksburg Union Cemetery.

As your expression of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations to the Meaford Nursing Home Auxiliary (Cheques Only Please) would be appreciated and may be made through the Ferguson Funeral Home, 48 Boucher St. E., Meaford, ON   N4L 1B9 to whom arrangements have been entrusted.   www.fergusonfuneralhomes.ca

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A private family gravesdie service at Thornbury-Clarksburg Union Cemetery.

Meaford Nursing Home Auxiliary (Cheques Only Please)
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Memories & Messages of condolence

  1. Shirley Cook
    Wednesday, May 18, 2022

    My sincere condolences to the Alexander family .We had many visits with Bob while he lived on Ridge Creek Dr. and also when he and Fred were both residents at M.L.T.C. Always a gentleman .Cherish the memories.
    Shirley

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  2. Elizabeth McKinlay
    Wednesday, May 18, 2022

    I had the privilege of working at Alexanders Red and White during the summers and holiday weekends from 1975 to 1979. Bob was always a gracious, thoughtful, kind, and considerate employer, and related in a similar manner to customers and anyone he met. I remember too his love of music. On occasion he sang with the Grace United Church choir as time permitted. After retirement, one of the activities he enjoyed was putting to paper some of his memories and knowledge of family and local history. Most of all, Bob was devoted to and cherished his family: his wife Marie and their three wonderful daughters and their families. I remember him with much gratitude for who he was and now honour him for a life so well lived. My deepest sympathy to his family.

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  3. Lorraine Dinsmore
    Wednesday, May 18, 2022

    Dear Sheilagh & Darren and family
    Our deepest sympathy on your fathers passing. Take care of each other

    Keith & Lorraine

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  4. Kathy McNamara
    Wednesday, May 18, 2022

    So sorry to hear about Bob’s passing. We were neighbours of Bob for a short time. and found him to be such a lovely gentle person. He gave us a little evergreen tree from his yard. He will be forever remembered as we watch the tree continue to grow. Our condolences to the family.

    Kathy and David McNamara

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  5. Jim and Kathy Uram
    Wednesday, May 18, 2022

    We are so very sorry to hear of Bobs passing. Our deepest condolences to the family.

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  6. Randy Darling
    Thursday, May 19, 2022

    A wonderful man who was a neighbor to my grandparents when he lived in Thornbury may he rest in peace

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  7. Eileen Gamble
    Thursday, May 19, 2022

    Sincere Condolences to Katherine & Robert, Shauna & Ann Marie, Sheilagh & Darren & Grandchildren and sister Fran Dance. Fond memories of the Alexander Family when the family lived on the hill on Elma Street in Thornbury and the Red and White Grocery store next door to me.

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  8. Valerie Shaw
    Thursday, May 19, 2022

    Kathy and family. We are so very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. Cherish the memoirs of a lifetime of love. Thinking of you always.

    Valerie & Lori Shaw

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  9. Mike Robertson
    Thursday, May 19, 2022

    A fine fellow indeed. One of the many warm and friendly local merchants who welcomed us to the community when we moved to Thornbury in 1960. Sincere condolences to Bob’s family.

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  10. Sandra & Randy Pyatt
    Thursday, May 19, 2022

    Dear Katherine, Shauna, Sheilagh, Fran & Families

    Thinking of you all at this difficult time. Cherish all the wonderful memories that were made over the many years you had with your dad & brother. I have many great memories of the Alexander family. Our family living in the apartment above the store, my Dad working at the grocery store, Bob’s mother Kathleen giving me piano lessons and attending the same church. Sending hugs to all of you.
    Sandra

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  11. Rosemary Taylor
    Thursday, May 19, 2022

    My sincere sympathy to the Alexander family. I remember Bob well. Always cheerful and always helpful. A true gentlemen.

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  12. Donna Brown
    Thursday, May 19, 2022

    Sheilagh & Darren & Family. Sincere condolences on your father’s passing. What a gentleman! My Dad & Uncle were acquainted with him through business. I always enjoyed our chats at the Arena.
    Donna Brown

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  13. Bill Campbell
    Thursday, May 19, 2022

    Just to add to the condolences already printed from good friends…We have
    no relationship with the Alexander family, but,I(Bill) will always remember, after
    moving to Thornbury in 1959 and later meeting with wife to-be Gerri,…Alexander’s
    was the place to go and shop…Bob and his father were so very outgoing in making
    people feel welcome and comfortable! Wish to this day we had more in common.
    Highest regards&regrets to all family members!
    Bill&Gerri Campbell

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  14. Wendi Cochrane
    Friday, May 20, 2022

    Steve and I would like to send you beautiful ladies our sincere condolences. Bob was an amazing person with the biggest heart. We will miss him and spending time with all of you and Jack too❤️

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  15. Jane Leckenby
    Friday, May 20, 2022

    My condolences to Bob’s family. I have wonderful memories of a kind and thoughtful neighbour relating his interesting history and stories of the area. Bob cherished his dogs and would walk them in any weather.
    Jane

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  16. Carol Ann Ferguson Thom Christman
    Friday, May 20, 2022

    Our sincere condolences to the Alexander family. We have great memories of our visits while your dad was walking the dogs.
    Thom and Carol Ann

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  17. Terry Rourke
    Friday, May 20, 2022

    After reading all the glowing tributes to Bob, I can only reiterate them and add my memories of a soft spoken benevolent man, that I had the privilege to meet in the early seventies, while I would be at the store repairing the refrigeration equipment. Later, in the early eighties I purchased the company I was working for and without hesitation Bob agreed to continue as a customer which I greatly appreciated as I had hoped to retain all the existing customers. Even though the only time I would see Bob was at the store, when he had problems, however in spite of this he always had a smile. Your family was truly blessed to have him in your lives.

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  18. SHARON GRAY
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Sheilagh, Darren and family. My thoughts are with you and I am sure you have so many wonderful memories to cherish. Both your mom and dad were lovely caring people and always did so much for others. One of my favorite memories is of Bob walking his dogs. They were always so important to him and he so enjoyed them.

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  19. Shirley Woolner
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Our condolences to the family. Bob and his family had a great impact on the Town of Thornbury. I grew up going to “Alexander’s” for our groceries, and there was always either Bob or his dad there. I remember the original store on Bruce street as a youngster. Bob was a great community minded person. He’ll be missed by many.

    Shirley & Paul Woolner

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  20. Verna & Rick Hindle
    Saturday, May 21, 2022

    Our condolences to Bob’s family and friends. What a gentleman Bob always was, in his grocery store or just meeting him on the street. Bob always had a moment or two or three to ask how everything was and was genuinely interested in your life. His great smile, welcoming hello and greeting us by name felt like we had known each other forever. You could tell Bob worked hard at knowing his customers and treating them all like friends, even long after retiring, if you met him out and about, he never changed, always gracious and friendly.

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  21. Doug and Patti Goodwin
    Sunday, May 22, 2022

    I grew up in Thornbury. I remember going to the grocery store on Bruce Street to pick up milk or bread for my mom. And then watching the construction of the new Red and White across the road on Elma Street. Bob’s mother was the choir director at Grace United Church when I was in the Junior Choir.Bob was a true gentleman, kind and giving to his community. My husband Doug met Bob and Marie when he did some work in their Meaford home after Bob retired. He was very fond of them. Our sincere condolences to their daughters and families.

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  22. Linda Teed
    Sunday, May 22, 2022

    My condolences to the family. Bob always had a smile and soft spoken way that made you welcome in his business or elsewhere.
    Cherish those wonderful memories and his smile.
    Linda Teed and family

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  23. Susan Thompson
    Sunday, May 22, 2022

    Our sincere condolences
    Fred and Susan(Shaw) Thompson

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  24. Vince Mullin
    Tuesday, May 31, 2022

    To Bob’s family, please accept my sincere condolences on his passing. I used to work for Weston Bakeries from Tuesday to Saturdays, 1973 to 1977. I had the pleasure of working with Bob and his father, Harold at the Red and White store in Thornbury. They had a smile for everyone, everyday. Rest In Peace Bob and Harold.

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  25. Rob Lyall
    Thursday, June 16, 2022

    I only met Bob a couple times as I live in B.C. Kathleen &Harold invited my mother, sister & I to visit during the summer of 1957. My father had died in the TCA (Air Canada) crash in 1956. Typical of the Alexander’s, it was a very compassionate & generous gesture. The three of us had a wonderful time especially with Betty and I being Vancouver city kids. Even as a youngster I recognized Bob’s caring and gentle nature as he helped Marie support her mother. After their marriage he later assisted her through medical challenges. Now i truly appreciate that gift as my wife cares for me and my ‘issues”.
    In 2004 my wife & I extended a trip to Toronto to visit Bob. He was having some health issues but graciously toured us around Thornbury. He had an amazing encyclopaedic memory of our collective family & local history showing us a stone wall my grandfather Joseph Alexander had built & stories of Joe working at the grain mill powered by the river water wheel. Bob also spoke proudly of his grandfather who was the local Doctor Bob got to make rounds with. He said in tough economic times his grandfather accepted farm products as payment. That gave me more insight into the depth of Bob’s caring for family & neighbours as his parents & grandfather had lived this. Bob was a true gentle man as others tributes express. He certainly will be missed by the many of us who’s lives he touched and we’ll remember forever.

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