Raymond "Newfie" Alexander

Tuesday, 16 February 1932 - Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Death Notice

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our Ray “Newfie” Alexander at the age of 85, on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, after beating the odds with numerous cancers. He is now proclaimed cancer-free. Ray was born on February 16, 1932 in St. John’s Newfoundland and raised in St. George’s. He is survived by his wife Dorothy (Bowd) (Smith) Alexander of 45 years, and step-daughters Laurie (David) Jensen and Cheryl (Chris) Johnston. Also survived by his sisters Marie of St. John’s, Newfoundland, Agnes of Albion, Illinois, and Stella (Brian) of Richmond Hill; brother Fintan (Anne Marie) of St. George’s, Newfoundland; half-brother Joseph McIsaac; and fur baby Rambo. Predeceased by his parents Leo Alexander (1941) and Annie Alexander McIsaac (2009); sister Joan Cashin (2009) and brother-in-law Pierce Cashin (2012). Ray arrived in Sarnia in 1950. He started working at Esso Chemical as a process operator and moved up the ranks to Plant Shift Supervisor upon retirement in 1987 after 40 years of service. Ray was an avid fisherman and hunter, and loved his annual trips to the hunting cottage. Cremation has taken place.


Family and friends will be received on Monday, June 19, 2017 at Smith Funeral Home, 1576 London Line, Sarnia, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.


A Celebration of Ray’s Life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Smith Funeral Home.


In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Canadian Cancer Society, St. Joseph’s Hospice or the Lung Association (cheques only at the funeral home please).

11 Condolences

  • Sue Dillon June 19, 2017 12:58pm

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dear Husband and Father
    I know Dad enjoyed him as a friend and fishin buddy. I'm sure there together cooking up a big fry together and sharing stories.
    My Deepest Condolences

  • Sharron Bearfoot June 18, 2017 04:04pm

    Im sorry to hear of your loss Dorothy . You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.May happy memories of Ray help you through this difficult time love Sharron

  • greta wayne parent June 18, 2017 01:04pm

    Our condolences to the family, Had a lot of fond memories with Ray. He will surely be missed. R.I.P. Ray.

  • Christi and Kris Jensen June 17, 2017 09:19pm

    So sorry to hear of your loss. We remember Ray with fondness. He was so jovial and a pleasure to be around. We will be thinking of you as you celebrate his life and say good bye.
    May God bless you all

  • Agnes Hering June 17, 2017 05:31pm

    Ray will be missed by everyone who knew him. I send condolences from
    myself as well as my family, David , Keith and Kristen. Condolences to
    all the family and hope you will have healing. My prayers are with all of
    you at this time and there is a candle burning at my church at this time
    for all the family. I will miss his phone calls and sense of humor. Take
    care and God bless.

  • Caroline Alexander June 17, 2017 10:03am

    I will always remember Uncle Ray's kindness generousity and wonderful sense of humor. Always looked forward to your visits as good times were acoming! Thankful for all the laughter and joy you enriched everyone's lives with. Deepest sympathy to Aunt Dorothy, Laurie and Cheryl and all his family.

  • Nancy and Colin Pearson June 17, 2017 10:00am

    Our family would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Dorothy, Laurie, Cheryl and all of Uncle Ray's immediate family. Dad (Fintan) will miss his older brother and fishing partner. I know our children all felt they had grandpa's 'twin' in Ontario. They couldn't believe how much he sounded and acted just like their Grandpa. We all have fond memories of our visits to Sarnia, swimming in the pool and watching Uncle Ray do his perfect dive for the kids. Occasionally, we'd meet up with him in Newfoundland during the summers or at our home in St. Marys and enjoyed seeing him tease the kids, right along with Dad. Very fondly remembered. Again, our sincere sympathies to all and God bless everyone. Love Nancy, Colin, Nicole, Jameson and Nolan

  • Erik Jensen June 17, 2017 09:59am

    Our deepest condolences to go out Dave, Laurie, Cheryl and Chris...Ray was a great guy and I always enjoyed the time we spent together. He will be sorely missed.

  • AnneFintan Alexander June 17, 2017 09:21am

    It's with heavy hearts but beautiful memories that we mourn the passing of the best of men.
    A awesome brother and friend to Fintan with whom he spent countless hours fishing on the rivers and ponds here in Newfoundland.
    He was blessed with the gift of story telling and sharing jokes.He brought much laughter to those he met.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you Dorothy and family during this difficult time.

  • Gerianne Alexander June 17, 2017 08:46am

    I will not forget Uncle Ray's deep voice, his sense of humor, and his kind heart. My sincere condolences to you, Aunt Dorothy, Laurie, and Cheryl. I share in the sadness.

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