WINN - Winn - Wallace "Wally" Alexander passed away peacefully on February 18, 2014. Wally was born in Winn, December 25, 1926, the first born son of Harry and Margaret Alexander.
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Apart from his military service in 1945 and 1946, he spent his whole life within yards of where he was born. Wally graduated from Winn High School in 1945. After returning from the military in 1946, he went to work at Lincoln Pulp and Paper where he worked for the next 50 years. In 1948 he married the love of his life, Martha. They were blessed to enjoy 65 years together.
In addition to Martha, Wally is survived by daughter, Debby, currently living in the DC area; son, Wally Jr. of Winslow; sister, Rachel Cyr of Millinocket; sisters-in-law, Gladys Lynch of Winterport and Carolyn Alexander of Lincoln; granddaughter, Marcy Hill of Waco, Texas; grandson, Timothy Murphy of Boulder, Colorado; great-grandchildren, Ally Murphy and Steven Hill, nephew and niece, Charlie and Jane Rancourt and several other nieces and nephews; dear cousin and singing partner, Barbara Hartford; and the Gabbianelli family, Mary Jane and Greg Coleman; Francis and Joanne Gabbianelli; Edward Gabbianelli, and Anne Gabbianelli. Wally and Martha are blessed with numerous friends, many of whom considered him a second father - Frank and Jeanette Moors; Tom and Lynn Vicaire; Rex and Molly; Tony and MaryAnne Cuilla; Mark Miller; Bob Berg; and Shirley Worster to name a few.
Wally had many hobbies. He loved growing and sharing vegetables from a bountiful garden. He began every day by doing the Bangor Daily crossword puzzle and it was a rare day that he left any squares blank. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and the VFW. He enjoyed shooting and hunting, and hand-loaded ammunition for the past 50 years. He began singing and playing guitar when he was 8 years old. In the 1950s he put it on hold to work and raise a family. In 2000 he began singing and playing again at the local jam sessions in Mattawamkeag, Lincoln, Enfield and Sherman. In 2013, at the age of 86, he recorded a CD titled "Back to My Roots". He met such wonderful people, both players and fans and made friends that brought unbelievable joy to his last years. When you are at the jam, know that he will be smiling down on you and enjoying the music.
Services will be held at the Clay Funeral home in Lincoln with calling hours on February 20 at 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. followed by funeral services at 10 a.m. February 21 with the Rev. Myles Cyr officiating. Spring interment will be in East Winn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to the Penobscot Valley Hospital where Wally received such wonderful care in his final days. Those who wish may sign an online register and leave written condolences at www.clayfuneralhome.com.
Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 19, 2014