William J. ‘Bill’ Alexander
DAVENPORT — William J. “Bill” Alexander, 81, of Davenport, passed away Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at the A.O. Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta.
Born March 29, 1932, in Cambridge, Bill was the son of the late George W. and Marjorie (Hall) Alexander.
His graduation from Worcester Central School in 1949 was followed by four years of service in the U. S. Air Force.
Following his military service, he began his funeral director apprenticeship at Fred Herbst Sons Funeral Home in Brooklyn and graduated from the Simmons School of Mortuary Science in Syracuse. After working briefly for Griswold Funeral Home in Schenectady, Bill purchased the Hall Funeral Home in Stamford from his uncle, Walter Hall. During his 40-year career there, Bill provided the residents of Stamford and the surrounding area with caring and compassionate funeral care. His devoted service to his community extended beyond his professional life to Stamford village government as well as civic and service organizations.
He served as Stamford village mayor for 14 years during the 1980s and 1990s and was a member of the Stamford Fire Department, Stamford Cemetery Board, Chamber of Commerce and lifetime member of the American Legion. A longtime Stamford Kiwanis Club member, past president and twice Kiwanian of the Year award recipient, Bill was a past lieutenant governor of the Capital District Kiwanis Division. He was the Stamford Mayor’s Cup soccer tournament founder and in 1993 was named Rotary Citizen of the Year.
Along with his funeral business, he was proprietor of the Stamford Monument Company and Guidelines Publications, a company supplying helpful literature to those experiencing loss. A leader in service to his profession, Bill was a member of the former Ninth District Funeral Directors Association and was past regional governor of the New York State Funeral Directors Association.
Although illness had prevented him from enjoying his former pursuits, Bill will be fondly remembered as a successful businessman, avid hunter and outdoorsman, bowler, golfer, pitch player, New York Yankees fan, big band music lover and a pitcher of horseshoes with a style like none other.
Bill was first married to Mary E. Plocki on April 27, 1957. He later married Leona Lundius, on Aug. 18, 2001, who survives. In addition to his wife, Leona, he is survived by six children, William J. of Kannapolis, N.C., David A. (Lorry) of Sandy Springs, Ga., James E. of Stamford, Daniel T. (Amy) of Harrisburg, N.C., Michael J. (Colleen) of Hobart and Elizabeth A. “Betsey” Hazleton (Matt) of Saratoga Springs; two stepsons, Jeff Bell (Fran) of North Kortright and Keith Bell (Claudia) of Harpersfield; two sisters, Mary Hallenbeck (Randall) of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Norma Ralph of Worcester; 16 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces; nephews; and cousins.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 7, at the Harpersfield United Methodist Church, 343 Col. Harper Road, Harpersfield, with the Rev. Dottie Morris officiating. Burial, with Military Honors, will follow in the Stamford Cemetery.
The family requests memorial donations in lieu of flowers to the Stamford Fire Department Rescue Squad, 111 Main St., Stamford, NY 12167, or the Harpersfield United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 222, Harpersfield, NY, 13786.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Johnston Funeral Home, Morris.