William Alexander Obituary

William ''Pat'' Alexander
William ''Pat'' Alexander

August 20, 1916 - February 4, 2004
Resided in Paterson, NJ


February 10, 2004
7:00 - 8:00 PM

William Pat Alexander was born in Camden, South Carolina to the late Mattie and Miles Alexander.

At an early age he moved to Ridgewood, New Jersey, where he met the late Carrie Bell Favor. In the year of 1938, August 14, Pat and Carrie united in marriage. To this union three children were born, Cherylann (Sheri), the late Wilemena and Robert (Bobby). The family later moved to Paterson, NJ, where he resided until his death.

Pat or “Pop” as he was lovingly called, started his own trucking business, “Alexander & Son Trucking, which he owned and operated for sixteen years. “Pop” as he was known to his family and close friends was dedicated to his family. Pop was a giant of a man that spread wisdom, hope, greatness and unity. He always left a situation better off than he found it. He raised his children and all of his many adopted children with high self esteem and respect for themselves and others. He put his family first, but the whole community became his family in time of need and he would be there. Pop was definitely a role model for many of the children in Paterson. He would take them to his farm in Spencer, New York.

Pat was a mentor before the word became fashionable. All adoration, applause, praise and eulogy to a man worthy to be praised. Hats off to you Pat. Pat was a pragmatic man, opinionated and he dealt with facts. He was an active and thoughtful man. Before becoming self-employed, he worked for Curtiss Wright Aeronautical Division and was part owner of the Mustang Bar.

In 1941, the day Pearl Harbor was bombed, Pat helped to establish Prosperity Lodge #58 in Ridgewood, NJ. A very dedicated Mason, Pat loved to travel and visit other lodges. He attended Grand Lodge Sessions which he rally enjoyed. He held almost every position in the Lodge. When he became ill he was no loner able to attend meetings. His voice and input were highly missed as expressed by his fellow Masons.

It(TM)s not important when you were born or when you died, it(TM)s that line in between what one does. Pat(TM)s dash or line from 1916-20004 is very extensive. We cannot name all of the accomplishments, nor can we list all of the good deeds that he did for his family and others. He was definitely an extraordinary man, one of a kind, a trendsetter.

Pop was predeceased by his grandson, William “Billy” Washington.

He leaves to cherish precious memories: one loving daughter, Cherylann Barnes; one daughter-in-law, Shirley Alexander; two sons-in-law, Donald Washington and Dewyne Barnes; grandchildren, Craig (Kim), Robert, Jr. Kenny, Robyn, Donna (Mark), Troy, Cara and Diane Washington (wife of grandson, the late William “Billy” Washington); great grands, tomiah, Nijasha, Little Rob, S Johne, Marcus, April, Tiffany, Todd, Robbie and Joshua; grandson-in-law, Mark Wright; brother-in-law, James Miller; in laws, Hattie Lauder and Ann McKinney; special cousins, Rev. James Salmon, Sr. , Rev. Ethel Harris, Rachel Bell Johnson, Fulton Thomas and Richard Thomas; special deacons, Willie McCrary, Larry Ford, Clifford Robinson and Jesse Harrell; his caretaker, Ruth Starr; a host of extended family, Monk, John Boy, Yolanda, Fred, April, Brenda, Audrey, Anthony, Myra, Veron, Ayanna, Mona, Willa, Ruth, Pam and Johnny; and a host of other sorrowing relatives and friends will also mourn his passing.


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New Christian Missionary Baptist Church
16-18 Bridge St.
Paterson, NJ US
Tuesday, February 10, 2004
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
New Christian Missionary Baptist Church
16-18 Bridge St.
Paterson, NJ US
Tuesday, February 10, 2004
8:00 PM
Cedar Lawn Cemetery
McLean Boulevard & Crooks Avenue
Paterson, NJ US 07514
Wednesday, February 11, 2004
9:00 AM


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