Alex B. Townsend

  • Born: August 12, 1988
  • Died: February 14, 2010
  • Location: Savannah, Georgia

Tribute & Message From The Family

- Savannah, Georgia - Alexander Boone "Alex" Townsend, 21, passed away February 14, 2010 as a result of an automobile accident. Every day we were aware that we had this secret gift who we cupped in our hands carefully, a precious, fragile soul touched by God more than most, and delivered to us for safekeeping, for as long as he would stay. We always had the knowledge he was a profound gift to Jeanne, Tom, Nate and Laura and all who loved him, a meteor who shot across our skies, lit our faces, made us watch, changed our perspectives, and taught us things we could learn no other way. In so doing, he prepared our young family for the lives we would have ahead, and with the job done, was gone. Why we were chosen to have him we do not know, but the honor of that, the profound privilege of it, will never be lost on us. Thank you God. Thank you Alex. Thank you all who loved him in St. Louis, Jacksonville, New Hampshire, National Outdoor Leadership School - New Zealand, Orlando, and his beloved Savannah. We can't wait to have that blinding light strike our faces again. And we will, of course. Death doesn't scare us now; everyone always wants to be wherever you are. SIG. One more thing, Alex- How does it feel being on everybody's shoulders after the game? He is survived by his parents, Jeanne Knowles Townsend and Thomas Kingman Townsend, his brother, Nate and sister Laura, all of St. Louis, MO; paternal grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. James Townsend of Jacksonville, FL; maternal grandfather, Mr. Frank Knowles of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL; soul mate, Chelsea Smith of Orlando, FL; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. A Service of Remembrances will begin at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 20, 2010 at The Church of St. Michael and St. George in St. Louis, Missouri, followed by the Memorial Service. A reception will follow with the location to be announced. Remembrances: In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to The Oliverian School, P.O. Box 98, Haverhill, NH 03765, (603) 989-5100. Please sign our on-line guestbook at