Charles Alexander, a lifetime resident of the area, passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Wed., March 22, 2017, following a courageous battle with cancer. He was 63.
He was born in Winchester on May 24, 1953 to his parents, Ronald and Margaret Alexander (nee Carruthers). He would reminisce about helping his grandfather with his canteen truck or helping out at the family restaurant, Alexanders Light Lunch. He attended school at Winchester Public School as well North Dundas District High School, and went on to take one semester at Algonquin College for Instrumentation.
After his time at Algonquin College, Charles began working at Ault Foods, and continued his employment there during their transition to Parmalat until 2002, where he was unable to work due to deterioration of his spinal discs.
He began dating Linda out of high school, and they moved to Elma and were married on May 6, 1978. They had one son, Eric, in June of 1984.
He treasured time spent in the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. When he wasn’t out in the bush, the field, or driving around looking for deer, he was watching TV or reading to improve his hunting and fishing skills. Charles enjoyed spending time with friends, driving around in his old cars, playing cards, and loved to tease and tell jokes. He also liked to do small wood projects in the shop or create things to make tasks easier.
Charles is survived by his wife, Linda Alexander (nee Dingwall); his son, Eric (Amanda) of Williamsburg; his siblings, Linda Barnhart (David) of Winchester, Lorraine Alexander (Keith Bottema) of Kanata, and David Alexander (Gisele) of Cornwall; his step-sister, Victoria Allison (Kirk) of Winchester Springs; his step-father, Frank VanWylick of Chesterville; and his in-laws, Floyd Dingwall (Esther) of Finch, Eldred Dingwall (Rita) of Nepean, Shirley Lang of Long Sault, Winston Dingwall (Connie) of Berwick, Melissa Jackson (Ken) of Berwick, Ross Dingwall of Finch, Harold Dingwall of Berwick, Ronnie Dingwall (Lucie) of Newington, David Dingwall (Allynn) of Lunenburg, Helen Wall (Darrell) of Calgary, and Gloria McMonagle of Ingleside. He was predeceased by his mother, Margaret VanWylick; his father, Ronald Alexander; his father-in-law, Lynden Dingwall; his mother-in-law, Leila Dingwall; his sisters-in-law, Muriel Dingwall and Isobel Allison; and his brothers-in-law, Ken Dingwall, Archie Lang, Brian Allison, and Brian McMonagle; and his nephew, Jodie Dingwall. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Sun., March 26 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service was held at the funeral home on Mon., March 27 at 11 am with Rev. Lois Gaudet officiating. Spring interment of cremated remains will be at New Union Cemetery in Williamsburg. The honorary pallbearers were Richard Dingwall, Dale Dingwall, Rodney Dingwall, Mark Jackson, and Lindsey McMonagle.
Donations to Dundas County Hospice, Winchester District Memorial Hospital or the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com