Alexander, William “Bill” James

March 12, 1933 ~ July 19, 2019

ALEXANDER, William “Bill” James – Peacefully with his family by his side on July 19, 2019 at C.E.E Hospital-Continuing care, Petrolia, William James Alexander passed away at the age of 86. Beloved husband of Melba for 61 years. Loving father of Jim (Mary Ann) Alexander. Cherished grandfather of John, David and Gregory Alexander. Dear brother of Mary Armstrong and brother-in-law Norman (Charlene) Peters. Survived by many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents William James (1993) and Alma Beatrice (1968) Alexander, brother-in-law’s Maxwell Armstrong, Clayton (Phyllis) Peters, and Maurice (Gwen) Peters. Bill was well-Known for his love of fiddle music, farming and hunting. He enjoyed playing for dances, anniversaries and various parties. In the summer months he enjoyed camping and jamming with his friends.

Family and friends will be received on Monday, July 22, 2019 from 5 to 8 pm at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, Brigden.

Funeral Details
Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm from the funeral home. Graveside service will follow at Hillsdale Cemetery, Petrolia.

Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Brigden United Church or C.E.E Hospital Foundation-Continuing Care.

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  1. Dear Melba, we were so sorry to hear of the death of Bill.. our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
    Paul and Lois Maeley

  2. Melba and Family, Please accept our humble condolence. Our hearts are sadden by the news of the loss of your beloved husband , dear father, grandfather ,and father-in-law. Bill was a very special person in our life and gave with his heart much joy to everyone. Whenever Gren and I were on the dance floor he always gave us a special wink and smile. Oh, how we miss those days. Sorry that we could not make it to the service, however Gren not doing that well so not able, and I am a little busy as you well know what that is all about. Do take time to have a big rest Melba. I remember how Bill lover to tease me. We are so proud to have had Bill in our life. God Bless.

  3. Melba Jim ..Mary Ann and boys… Billy was a great gentleman.. His talent for music won many hearts.. Including mine.. Today.. was a real tribute to our special friend.. You will live on.. in our hearts forever. We all know the saying”the apple doesn.t fall far from the tree”” Well Jimmy you are that apple!! Wasn.t hard to see how proud your Mom was today and your wife and sons.while you played beautiful music. Saw lots of toe tapping going on..Doctors tell us music is a great healer.. keep the joy of music and life going.. Love you all dear ones . Forever friend Mary Ann and John

  4. Melba, Jim & Family and Mary
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. He was a very talented and special person who enjoyed being with people.
    Donna MacDonald

  5. Our sympathy’s to Melba and all the Alexander family. The highlight of my playing music was to have been able to play with Bill. When I came on the seen he treated me as an equal and was one of the fist ones to encourage to keep going. Not only a great fiddler, but a great person we will miss for the rest of our days. Mary & Joe Thorner.

  6. We are sorry to hear of Bill’s passing and another violin is silenced.Howeverwe are promised that the music and the dance goes on. Melvin and Lorraine Hayward.

  7. Melba and family so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. May God comfort you at this time.

  8. Melba We were saddened to hear of Bill’s passing. Our prayers go out to your and your family
    Grace Don and Brian Waugh

  9. Melba, Jim and family, so very sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. May your many wonderful memories of him help you through this difficult time. Keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Gord & Mary Ann Brock

  10. Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing! Condolences, and we will be thinking out you at this sad time!

  11. I am very sorry to hear about Bill I respected him right to the end . A great man and a musician. I would have attended his visitation but have to Play a Show in Sarnia I very sorry. And the day of his funeral my little dog Holly has to have surgery. And I have to be with her I send my condolences to all the Family. He was the best fiddle player in southern Ontario. I will dedicate a fiddle tune to him tonight again so sorry I can’t make it tonight or tomorrow my prayers are with you Melba and Jim God Bless you both.

  12. Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Our deepest condolences to you Melba and your family. We enjoyed our times together both playing and just socializing over the past years.
    Dave and Madeliene Drope

  13. Thinking of all the Alexander Family during this difficult time. Many great years of camping, music and friendship. Cherish all those great memories you have with Bill!❤❤

  14. Camping at Myers when we heard sad news about bill. Will miss his fiddling at the jams we attended when he played. Thinking of you and your family

  15. My deepest love being sent to Aunt Melba, Jim & Marion. I have so many memories of Uncle Jim & his mom & dad at the farm. Fiddle music. Piano playing. Square dancing. My prayers are being sent to you & Melba. Strength & Love to help cope with your loss. Love from Amy Peters (Allan ) Phyllis Peters & Clayton Peters. My family has all of you in our thoughts & prayers.

  16. To Melba and family: So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May God be with you all.

  17. To the Alexander family,
    So sorry to read about the passing of Bill. Our thoughts are with you at this sad time. May pleasant memories bring you peace.
    Michael and Cathy

  18. Melba so sorry for the loss of your husband of 61 year and your best friend Bill sure will be missed and by everyone who enjoyed his talent of fiddling he was a great musician and Al and I enjoyed so many year of being part of his band Country Ramblers

  19. Melba and family. We are so sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. May you be comforted by wonderful memories of time spent together. Love and prayers.

  20. Melba and Jim and the Entire Family so sorry to hear about the passing of Bill . He was such a sweet man and will be missed by so many. Thinking of you all at this difficult time . Ron and Maureen Bailey, Greg and Kelly, Harper and Cooper, Holly and Tim , Tyson and Mason Strangway xoxo

  21. Melba, Jim, Mary Ann and boys, another Brigden Icon has gone. Bill was well known and loved by so many. I am thankful for the time I was able to spend with him last summer when him and Jim were both patients in Sarnia. I won’t be able to make the visitation and not sure about the funeral as my grandson is with me, but know you are all in thoughts and prayers. Love and (((HUGS))) to you all, Deanna

  22. We will always remember the many dances that Bill played at as it became a family Friday night outing for us . Our thoughts are with you Melba and family at this sad time.
    Lanna Pratt and Betty Babbitt