READING — A memorial gathering will be held today March 20 from 6-8 p.m. at Trinity Evangelical Free Church in Windsor for Douglas Roy Alexander Sr., 61, who died unexpected on March 14 at his home in Reading. A summertime memorial service will be held at a later date at his home in Reading.
He was born April 8, 1952 in Windsor, son of Wendall and Laura A. (Newton) Alexander.
He grew up in Reading and graduated from Woodstock High School. After graduation he worked as a carpenter in and around the Reading and Woodstock area.
Doug felt a strong and deep spiritual connection to the earth, nature and the animals. He shared and lived a respect with the ways of the Native Americans and the simpler ways of life. He was a strong and powerful man with a good sense of humor who loved spending time with his family and close friends.
He is survived by his wife, Deborah Alexander of Windsor; two sons, Leighton Alexander of Woodstock and Douglas “DJ” R. Alexander Jr. of Brownsville; one daughter, Stephinie Alexander of Cavendish; two step-daughters, Jamila Elmaksoud of Allston, Mass. and Nadia Elmaksoud of Lebanon N.H.; nine grandchildren, his mother, Laura A. Griggs of Reading; one sister, Virginia A. Barr of Reading; and a nephew.
Doug was predeceased by his father, Wendall Alexander; four brothers, Paul, Carroll, Arthur and Alden; as well as one nephew.
Condolences may be expressed to Doug’s family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com. The Knight Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.
This obituary first appeared in the March 20, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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