Michael J. "Cookie"'s Story

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Michael J. “Cookie” Alexander, 57, of Gloucester passed away on Sunday, August 21, 2016.
Michael was born in Gloucester, son of the late Mary “Libby” (Souza) and Donald Alexander. He attended Gloucester Schools. After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Navy. It was during that time he met and married his wife, Linda.
He is the father of Heather and Matthew Alexander. He loved his children and had a special bond with them.
During his life Michael worked as a carpenter and was a member of the local union. He also worked as a construction worker and in the oil fields in California.
He was a collector of many things, antiques, swords, coins and stamps to name a few. He loved anything to do with history. He could watch documentaries all day long. He enjoyed going to museums, and if you went with him, you knew you would be there for hours. Michael loved to tell stories and would often entertain others with his tales. He loved his hometown, Gloucester, and its beauty. He loved exploring its natural wonders. He was most comfortable when surrounded by family and friends. He was loved and will be missed.
Michael was ill for the last few years of his life. His family would like to thank all of his caretakers and hospice team members. A special thank you to social worker, Margaret Sullivan who went far beyond her duties to assist Michael and his family. Also to Dr. Michael Arsenian, his cardiologist, who always treated Michael with respect. Your kindness will always be remembered.
He is survived by his children, Heather Alexander and her companion, Dario Lopez and Matthew Alexander; his grandchildren, Andrew, Rhiana and Bryna; his sister, Shelly Alexander Shea and her husband, Leonard “Denny” Shea; his nephews, Adam Shea, Jeremie Alexander and his wife, Tamra and their children, Emma and Sadie; his aunt, Diane Dominick; and numerous extended family members.
He was predeceased by his parents, Mary “Libby” (Souza) and Donald Alexander; as well as his brothers, Mark and Stephen Alexander.
A private graveside service will be held in Beechbrook Cemetery, West Gloucester. For online condolences and register book, please visit www.pikenewhall.com.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Pike-Newhall Funeral Home, 61 Middle St., Gloucester.
Published on  September 21, 2016
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