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GLOUCESTER, MA - Alan A. Alexander, 91 years old, passed away in Gloucester peacefully Friday afternoon, December 22, 2017, surrounded by his family. Alan was the loving husband of Merriam P. (Torrey) Alexander who passed away after 59 years of marriage. He was born in Ipswich on May 2, 1926, son of late John and Flora (Hutchison) Alexander.
Alan was a graduate of Gloucester High School, Class of 1943, where he was the Drum Major of the ROTC Band. While still in his senior year and with the permission of his parents, Alan enlisted in the US Navy.
During World War II, Alan was assigned to the Admiralty Islands in the South Pacific as a radio operator. Following his discharge in 1946, Alan married his Gloucester High School sweetheart, Merriam Torrey, and went to work for Faulk Brothers as a mason. He also served as an auxiliary Gloucester police officer. When the Korean War began Alan reenlisted in the US Air force and served stateside in California.
Returning back to Gloucester Alan began a long career in the insurance business beginning as a salesman with John Hancock Insurance Company then moving on to Kemper Insurance, where he rose through the ranks to become New England Claims Auditor. In the late 1960s he started his own insurance agency, Alexander Insurance in West Gloucester. Alan along with his wife, Merriam, grew his business into one of the largest insurance agencies on Cape Ann, with unparalleled service and attention to his customers. His customers knew that he was available day or night to answer questions or handle claims that they had, and it was this personal service that attracted the loyalty that he received from his clients.
Alan was loved by all he met through his kindness, generosity, and compassion. He loved to spend time with family and friends through activities such as boating, camping, skiing, and gatherings at home. His backyard was often filled with kids from all over Gloucester that came to play both basketball and street hockey on the full basketball court that Alan built.
Alan was one of the founders of the Cape Ann Bible Church in West Gloucester. He joined his fellow members in building the new church and remained a Deacon of the church till his death. His strong Christian faith was the foundation of his life and it reflected in how he treated people throughout his life.
Alan was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and achieved the highest honor in Scouting by becoming an Eagle Scout. He also was a lifetime member of the Masons in the Tyrian-Ashler-Acacia Lodge of Gloucester and also was a member of the Aleppo Shriners.
Alan is survived by three sons, Alan A. Alexander Jr. and his wife, Margaret of Ft. Myers, Fla., Scott D. Alexander of Gloucester, and Gordon W. Alexander and his wife, Eileen of Gloucester; seven grandchildren, Jacqueline Harlow, Lauren Manganello, Kimberley Garcia, Alan Alexander III, Scott Austin Alexander, Rachel Alexander, and Jesse Alexander; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his brothers, John, Douglas, and Wallace Alexander.
Visiting hours in the Greely Funeral Home, 212 Washington Street, Gloucester will be held on Wednesday, December 27, from 4 to 8 p.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend.
A Memorial Service will be held for Alan at the Cape Ann Bible Church, Gloucester, in the Spring at a time yet to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children at www.shrinershospitals.org/Donate.
For online condolences, please visit www.greelyfuneralhome.com.
Published on December 25, 2017
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