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 www.foxandweeks.com


Condolence & Memory Journal

April 1, 2010 -
I just bumped into an old D'Arcy friend who shared the sad news of your loss. What a lovely tribute to your darling son. Words fail me - my prayers are with you for peace and healing.
With love,
Laura Kurzu

Posted by Laura Kurzu    April 01, 2010

March 17, 2010. Just learned today of your tremendous loss of your first-born babe and my heart is broken. Wish I had been there last month to tell you in person just how much I hurt for your entire family. Alex's obituary tribute is beautiful. What a glorious reunion awaits you when you see his amazing face again, and that is the hope to which we cling and the promise we trust.

Posted by Julia Myles Bakewell - St. Louis, MO - Friend of Tom and Jeanne   March 17, 2010

Have just learned of the loss of your son, Alex. My heartfelt sympathy is sent to you on your loss. How thankful I am that you and your family had the time together.

Posted by Barb Flunker - St. Louis, MO   March 16, 2010

alex man im gonna miss you like crazy, i miss all the late nights at o-town harrassing ron and pulling pranks bringing the rooser into the dorm and throwing it into rooms ahhhhh all the good times man rest in peace and ill catch u later

Posted by Derek Champagne - Bethlehem, NH - friend   March 11, 2010

Candle

I heard about what happened and it hit me. Like a blow to the stomach twice as bad. Alex, you are an amazing person, with many talents and great attributes. You had some great skills and you are also a very funny guy. I wish we could of kept in contact after Oliverian. You know just because you are not here with us all physically, that doesnt mean we dont think about you all the time, you are here in heart and spirit and you are and will be loved for ever. You have many loved ones out there, whether it may be family, friends, or even those who you met a few times. You are now one who can look over us and help guide us in the right direction if you please and if you think we need it when we are struggling. You are and will always be in our prayers and hearts.
Gone But Never Forgotten.
Love Always...Andrew
A.k.a. Captain Andy (As Alex liked to call me)

Posted by Andrew Spencer-Arscott - Friend from The Oliverian School   March 10, 2010

Jeanne, Tom, Nate & Laura- I am so sorry for your loss. Please know your family is in our hearts and prayers.

Posted by Robyn Hunter - Clayton, MO   March 04, 2010

Jeanne and Tom: We are saddened to learn of Alex's death and our thoughts are with you. Simon and Mary Tonkin

Posted by simon tonkin - st louis, MO   March 02, 2010

Our very deepest sympathy on the loss of Alex

Posted by Keith Alper - St. Louis, MO   March 01, 2010

Jeanne, I was shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Alex. We just spoke on the phone days before about our two Alexes and Nathans. I talked with Jim on Sunday and he related the incredible outpouring of love at the service for Alex. He stated how many lives Alex had touched, in so many different ways.
My heart breaks for you and your family. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers. Carole Chambers Hitt

Posted by Carole Chambers Hitt - Shorewood, MN - Friend of Aunt Ann Kramer   February 24, 2010

Candle

I didn't know him, not going to say that I did.You don't need to know someone personally to feel bad about a loss though so I am sending my condolences. The loss of someone is never good but he will always be with you. I'm sorry for your loss. *HUGS*
Angela Taylor

Posted by Angela Taylor - Artist's are united. Etc.   February 23, 2010

May God bless you and watch over your family during this time.

Posted by Bryce and Carol McTavish - Denver, CO   February 22, 2010

Dear Jeanne and Tom I tried Tom's cell a few times, but it was full. I wanted you and your family to know how badly and sorry I feel about your loss.Although I didn't know Alex personally, I feel I did through you both and the caring Oliverian community. I will be in touch shortly. Love, Jim

Posted by Jim McKeown - Pike, NH, NH   February 21, 2010

Dear Townsend Family, I met Alex one time - in St. Louis at the Film Festival which featured his documentary, "Six Heroes." My father was one of the heroes he had interviewed and filmed. After the film, everyone gave the six WW2 heroes a standing ovation. That moment has meant a lot to my father over the years. I appreciate everything Alex has done for my father, the other 5 heroes, and for veterans in general. I appreciate the way he opened the eyes and hearts of the audience that day though his film. Thank you. He was truly a special young man, and I am deeply sorry for your loss as well as ours.

Posted by Marge Williams - Belleville, IL   February 21, 2010

I was sorry to hear about Alex. I remember Alex and longed to hear from him again. I was impressed with his questions about our war experiences at his young age. He wanted everything to be correct. I would like to hear more about him.

Posted by Paul Rogers - Overland Park,, KS   February 21, 2010

Words can not express how deeply sorry we are for your loss. Your tribute to Alex was very touching and we truly regret never having met him. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Posted by Chip, Katie, and Sarah Lerwick - St. Louis, MO   February 20, 2010

Tom, Jeanne and family: It's been some time since I last saw Alex hopping around 1 Memorial Dr., but your obituary was truly uplifting. Everyone who reads it is touched. I hope the bright memory of Alex continues to nourish your family for years to come. You are in our prayers. Peace.

Posted by Tim Cenova - St. Louis, MO   February 20, 2010

Dear Townsend Family, Its hard to come up with any words. We were so terribly saddened to hear about this. The obituary you wrote is just so beautiful and made us all reflect on how fragile life life is, and how important each day is with those we love. You honored him in a truly beautiful way. You are in our thoughts and prayers in this very difficult time. Paul, Mary, Zoe

Posted by Paul Keller, Mary Gaertner, Zoe Keller - St. Louis, MO   February 20, 2010

Dear Jeanne, Tom, Nate and Laura, Please know we are remembering you and honoring Alex's memory. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Tammy Walsh - St. Louis, MO   February 20, 2010

Tom and Jeanne: Please accept our sincere sympathy on the loss of Alex. He, indeed, was a gift from God! At his young age, to have completed "6 Heros" was a work of art. Just last week I thought of him, wondering where he is now, and what is he doing. I wondered if he was in college, or in the military. I am sorry we could not make it to the wake, but know our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Leroy and Ruth Berkel

Posted by Lee and Ruth Berkel - Belleville, IL   February 20, 2010

Tom and Jeanne, There are no words that we can offer to assuage the terrible pain that you feel at this time. We hope that you take solace in the fact that Alex is in the company of God and that his legacy of love will be with you and all those he called friends for the rest of your lives. Matt & Nancy Andrew St. Louis, MO

Posted by Matt & Nancy Andrew and Family - St. Louis, MO   February 20, 2010

Dear Tom and Jeanne - many times each day we find ourselves thinking of you. The familiar feeling that life had taken on has changed. Everything feels different. We are at a loss. We pray for you and your family, for your dear son and for all who share this loss of someone so clearly special.

Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted. Jeanne. Tom - we pray for your comfort. We'll keep on praying.
In deepest sympathy - dina and jim stoeppler

Posted by dina and jim stoeppler - st. louis, MO - friends   February 20, 2010

I can’t say I really knew Alex. I met him briefly as a baby, then a toddler, then a teenager. Now, after reading the reflections of his life, I wish I had known him. My sincere sympathy goes out to Alex’s many friends and family, but especially Tom and Jeanne. Their goodness and nobility have always made them role models to me. The glowing light expressed so beautifully in Alex’s obituary is inspirational for every parent. Truly, this was a young man loved like no other. I’m sure every day of his life he felt it and knew it. And I believe the deep love between Alex and his parents will live on in amazing ways. When I heard the news, I was alone with my own son – age 14 – out of town at an upstate swim meet. It was unbelievable and heart wrenching and made no sense. The first thing I did was hug my son as hard and long as I possibly could. Of course, he didn’t understand and pushed me away. But then we talked about what had happened. And we had the best father/son talk we’ve ever had. We talked about the preciousness and fragility of life. The importance of expressing love every day. And never taking life’s gifts for granted. Then later, after reading Alex’s obituary, it occurred to me that this visceral reaction must have happened to everybody. Imagine, how many other hugs were felt, hands were held, kisses given. How many arguments forgotten, compromises accepted, “I love you’s” said. And relationships made stronger. Love gone viral - as they say in digital marketing speak. Thank you, Alexander Boone Townsend for such a wonderful gift to every single one of us.

Posted by Paul Behnen - Scarsdale, NY   February 19, 2010

My very deepest sympathy.

Posted by Del Schwinke - St. Louis, MO   February 19, 2010

Call this the enduring influence of Alex. I was uncertain whether this would be appropriate for a guest book, but think you'll appreciate it. A little over a week ago I was in a writers' workshop. Subject: How to interview veterans of World War II. The discussion centered on how to get these men to talk about their experiences which they had not revealed before. A difficult, if not impossible, process. As I listened, I thought about Alex, about his documentary "Six Heroes," and - incredibly - how he gained the trust of these heroes. They opened up to him. Alex had a quality about him that transcended the generations, connected with people far outside his realm. I had seen the documentary at the St. Louis Film Festival years ago, and, like so many people, was moved by it. In reality, nothing was outside of Alex's realm. I remember the still shots - six of them - with Alex and each of the veterans. This fearless, clear-eyed, rosy-cheeked kid next to a man sixty years older, each on an important journey. Then, last Monday morning, I was looking for a DVD on a totally different subject. I had no idea where I had put it. So I looked in a drawer where I keep stuff like that: DVD's, CD's, videotapes, cords, etc. Digging through it I found "Six Heroes." I had not seen that case in months, maybe a year. I picked it up, thought about Alex. How old is he now? Where was he? Is he in college? What's he studying? Has he made any more films? I put the DVD back in the drawer. A couple of hours later, I got the sad email from Tim. In so many ways, for so many people, Alex is still here. And always will be.

Posted by Gerry Mandel - Kirkwood, MO   February 19, 2010

Dear Jeanne and Tom, Words escape me at this profoundly sad moment. Apparently we don't get to know what the "Big Plan" is for all of us, but there is one. I was always impressed how Alex seemed to find his "passions" at such an early age and actually acted upon them ! How about that film. Loved the updates when Alex went off to school...always something newsworthy and cool. Alex the aesthetician. Just know that we will all do this together. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Warm hugs to Nate and Laura. Love, Grace

Posted by Grace&Jim Dowd - St.Louis, MO   February 19, 2010

Dear Tommy and Jeanne, Although I haven't seen Alex since he was a baby, it is clear he grew to be a wonderful young man. I have such fond memories of you,Tommy, at your parents' home holding and playing with him as an infant and talking about how much fun you were having with him and how much y'all enjoyed him. I am so sorry for your family's loss and hope that y'all find comfort in memories of him and the support your friends and families. Y'all are in my prayers.

Posted by Britt Bullard - Jacksonville, FL   February 19, 2010

For Tom, Jeanne, Nate and Laura, When Jeanne's sister told us the news about Alex, we could barely breathe. Our hearts broke at the thought of you losing your beloved Alex. On February 14, the official date for exchanging love notes, you shared with us the most beautiful of all Valentines. Your expression of wonder, delight and profound love for Alex brought us to tears, both happy and sad. You reminded us that love is unconditional and can do great things. Alex, a spirit full of life's sparkle and surprises, made sure that we will think of him often! This poem reminds us that he will always be a part of our lives. We embrace you in spirit and hold you in our hearts, Karen and Glen I Am Not There Do not stand at my grave and weep, I am not there. I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow, I am the snow on the mountain's rim, I am the laughter in children's eyes, I am the sand at the water's edge, I am the sunlight on ripened grain, I am the gentle Autumn rain, When you awaken in the morning's hush, I am the swift uplifting rush of quiet birds in circled flight, I am the star that shines at night, Do not stand at my grave and cry, I am not there, I did not die. Author Unknown

Posted by Karen and Glen Duncan - Baton Rouge, LA   February 19, 2010

Jeanne and Tom My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Cindy Hartsog Weeks - Newport, NC   February 19, 2010

Words can't express my sorrow for your family; while I never met Alex, it's obvious he was a very special individual! Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Mama and Daddy send their love as well. Take good care. Love, Anita and Kirk

Posted by Anita and Kirk Oldham - Apex, NC   February 19, 2010

Alex was a shining light at the Oliverian school. He came when he was just 14 and I watched him grow and mature for the 4 years that he was here. Some weekends I was a dorm parent in Alex's dorm and each night , while many of the other students would run off with friends, Alex would sit with me. He told me all kinds of stories about his family while we watched American Idol together and ate popcorn. He said that his family in MO were huge Idol fans and I think he felt close to home on those nights. I have two young sons, who are now 4 and 6. Alex was very close to both of them and bonded with them like an older brother.
I miss him so much and can't believe he is gone.
All my love and prayers go out to you Tom, Jeanne, Nate and Laura. We cannot express how much he has meant to us here at the Oliverian school. Forever we will hold Alex in our heart. He will never be forgotten.
Love,
Kerri, Carl, Coltrane and Emmett

Posted by Kerri Harrington - Haverhilll, NH - Friend   February 19, 2010

Words fail me. Your obituary for Alex has moved me to tears in appreciation for Alex's life, your love for him and your faith. You are constantly in my prayers and in my heart.

Posted by Mark Klamer - Clayton, MO   February 18, 2010

It isn't often I'm at a loss for words, but I am now. The news about Alex is beyond my understanding, and I have absolutely no idea of what you and your family are going through. Strangely enough, the obituary (what a cold word) you wrote on him was uplifting. I admire your strength and faith. Mary Lee and I have all of you in our thoughts and we wish you eventual peace and healing.

Posted by Gerry Mandel - Kirkwood, MO   February 18, 2010

Tom and Jeanne, I didn't know Alex, but I know from hearing you talk about him how very much you loved him. Words fail. My heart goes out to you and your family.

Posted by Corinne McAfee - St. Louis, MO - friend   February 18, 2010

Our sadness is so so deep. What a beautiful young man Alex was who touched so many people. His absence from our family will be filled with our fond memories of Alex's sense of fun, sweet soul, and love of life and all those in it. We know God will be with you all and we pray for the pain you feel to be relieved by the knowledge of God's promise of something sweeter than the struggles we endure here in our mortal bindings. Alex has sooo many people with great memories of him. He will be kept alive in our hearts Love to you all.

Posted by Louise John Jack and Liz Collins - Alexandria, VA   February 18, 2010

If we had the right words that could heal your heart or comfort your soul or surround your family with deep peace, those are the words we struggle to find now.
And we are at a loss. Everything sounds to trite, but please know that so many friends are thinking of you now, we care about you, our thoughts and prayers are with you and we wish you healing when the time is right. Our Deepest Sympathy, Teenuh & John Foster

Posted by Teenuh & John Foster - St. Louis, MO   February 18, 2010

I struggle with writing any words that could express my sadness for your loss. Simply know that Alex and all of you are in my family's prayers and thoughts.

Posted by Joe Mastroianni - St. Louis, MO   February 18, 2010

So sorry to learn of Alex passing. I did not know Alex, but worked with Jeanne in the marine industry. I will remember Alex and family in my prayers.

Posted by Jim Baalmann - St.Louis, MO   February 18, 2010

Words can't begin to convey the depth of what it must feel to lose a child. Tom, your tribute to Alex was inspirational. My deepest condolences. Russ

Posted by Russ Hanchin - Richmond, VA   February 18, 2010

Dear Jeanne & Tom -- We are so profoundly saddened by your loss. Never question why you were chosen. You are the special people capable of providing Alex with guidance and support in a way that nurtured his natural gifts and allowed him to become who he was meant to be. Alex will live in our hearts. We love you both so much. We hope that, over time, the love that remains around you and the memories of your time with Alex will allow your pain to fade. Our thoughts, prayers and love are with you now and always. Love, Jill & Zack

Posted by Zack & Jill Hummel - Manhasset, NY   February 18, 2010

I always remember Alex's smile and the light in his eyes. He had such a gentle spirit about him that touched me and all of us at Oliverian. Tom and Jeanne, may you and your family be blessed with God's love and the love of your family and friends during this time. All Our Love, Mike, Becky, Cayden(3) and Aila(1) Van Dolah

Posted by Mike Van Dolah - White River Junction, VT   February 18, 2010

Dear Jeanne, Tom, Nate, and Laura -- I know that you all will miss Alex always, and that there is a huge hole in your hearts right now. But you'll help each other through this difficult time, as you share your good memories, your Alex stories, with each other, and with friends and family. It is obvious that Alex was loved by many. But remember that you too are loved by many, and your friends and family will be thinking of you, sharing the sadness, and taking comfort in memories of happier times. . . Much love to you all, Lua and Scott

Posted by Lua Wells - Mt. Pleasant, SC   February 18, 2010

Dear Tom and Jeanne, Nate and Laura: Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. I remember many years ago I called Tom to catch up with him, and he told me he and Jeanne had just bought a house. Mostly they chose the house to accommodate the piano. I asked if the baby, Alex, was musical, and Tom said, "He sings a lot." May your beautiful memories of Alex carry you through this difficult time. God bless you.

Posted by Dawn Sorgea - St. Louis, MO   February 18, 2010

My heart is hurting for all of you. And then I have a fond memory of Alex and I smile. Alex was a very special young man and he will be sorely missed by many.

Posted by Janet Baldwin - Chesterfield, MO   February 18, 2010

Dear Jeanne and Tom, I recently heard about the loss of Alex and I have to say I am so sorry. I was so shocked to hear the news of Alex as I was in class Monday morning. I couldnt believe it actually happened at first and was initially in shock that this could have happened to him. After too long I began to recall Alex and our adventure throughout France. I will share a story that I wrote in a journal during this time. After a long trip through Germany, my mother and I returned to Paris in order to begin our adventure to the French coast for the 60th Anniversary of D-Day. We arrived in the evening at Paris du Nord (the main train station) and Immediately deemed it our mission to find a hotel for the night amongst the cramped streets. We landed on a small hotel in a side street that happened to be very busy at night. After maybe an hour or so of the loudest street noises one can imagine, my mother had enough and we had to leave for a Sheridan Hotel at the airport with soundproof windows (go figure). It was very fitting, however, because we were meeting our new companion for the remainder of the trip, Alex, the next day. When we woke up we went to meet Alex in the terminal; it was a cloudy day but our spirits were high. A tall, black haired young man presented himself amongst the horde of people with a video camera in his hand and a gigantic smile on his face. His eyes opened up and a glitter-like look indicated that he had been dreaming about this trip for some time. He was ready to film a feature length movie if he had to at this moment, his spirits were sky high. This was uplifting for the both of us in the dreary Paris day. We acquired our new friend Alex and made our way towards the Normandy coast ready for anything. I know no words in the world can be consoling in this time of mourning for you two and I am so sorry. I will mourn for Alex with you, he was a great kid, you could see it in his eyes in France. He had an excellent heart, one could see it in his actions and ambitions to study the history of the war while in France. Finally, as we go on, we wont forget the black haired young man who accompanied us on one of the most memorable trips of our lives. I have to thank Alex for being our companion and guide, the trip would never have been what it was thanks to him. God bless you both, -Zachry Meyers

Posted by Zachry M Meyers - Boulder, CO   February 18, 2010

We are friends of Chelsea, Wanda, and Ken Smith. We are with you in thoughts and prayers. "When you come to the edge of all the light you know and are about to step off into the darkness of the unknown, faith is knowing that one of two things will happen. There will be something solid to stand on or you will be taught how to fly." (Barbara J. Winter)

Posted by Sherri and Kelley Griswold - Huntsville, AL   February 18, 2010

Tom and Jeanne- We're deeply saddened to hear of Alex's passing. We will keep you and your family in our thoughts and our prayers. Our condolences, Chris and Cheri Hanley

Posted by Chris Hanley - Chicago, IL   February 18, 2010

No one can begin to understand the loss you are feeling at this time. Please know that you have a large community of friends who are here for you. Alex and the rest of the Townsends are in our prayers. Dave Gulick

Posted by Dave Gulick - St. Louis, MO   February 18, 2010

Dear Tom and Jeanne, I know we've lost touch, but once a Bender, always a Bender. We are so sorry for the loss of Alex. I remember you bringing him by for a band practice when he was little, and I remember hoping I could be as cool for my kids. Liz and I are thinking of you guys and praying for you and Nate and Laura. with love, Liz and Dick

Posted by Dick and Liz Zempel - St. Louis, MO   February 17, 2010

I remember Alex from a music class I taught at UUMPS circa 1992...a bright, good-looking, spunky kid. Oh how sorry I am for you, Tom & Jeanne! My prayers are yours today. Love, Miss Holly

Posted by Holly Gulick - St. Louis, MO   February 17, 2010

Tom and Jeanne, you have all our heartfelt sympathy.

Posted by Gary and Janet Shipper - St. Louis, MO   February 17, 2010

I have only met Alex, once when my Aunt Mary in Orlando, Fl was very sick. I am Chelsea's cousin. You could tell he was a very sweet and nice person. I know he will be missed greatly. We are praying for Chelsea and his family. God will love, comfort and give you peace and understanding. My prayers are with you. God bless you.

Posted by Trina Scott-Doolittle - McDonough, GA   February 17, 2010

Jeanne, Tom, Nate and our sweet Laura,
Words cannot express our sadness that Alex has left this world. He embraced every minute of his life with his beautiful energy and loving spirit. He taught us all that it's OK to be who you are. His sense of adventure may never be replicated. We will miss him forever. All our love and prayers, Kathryn, John, William, Anna and Christina.

Posted by Kathryn - St. Louis, MO - Family Friends   February 17, 2010

Tom and Jeanne, Our hearts are broken for you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Greg & Mary Sullentrup & Family

Posted by Greg and Mary Sullentrup & family - St. Louis, MO - friend   February 17, 2010

Jean, Tom, Nate & Laura - The entire Minton family's hearts go out to you all and as sad as we are, we cannot imagine your grief. Alex was our daughter, Maggie's best friend and I beleive they had a profound appreciation and respect for each other. I don't know how soon Maggie will be able to let you know how much she cares for your family, but, she truly does and will miss Alex always. God bless.

Posted by David Minton - St Louis, MO   February 17, 2010

My family's thoughts and prayers are with you and yours.

Posted by Jamie Keim - St. Louis, MO   February 17, 2010

Jeanne, Tom His childhood antics, his playful ways, his wonderful mind and his amazing talents - memories, and there are many, will help sustain you now and for a very long time. And Alex's love will always be with you. With our thoughts and deepest sympathy,

Posted by Margie and Gary Sacks - St. Louis, MO   February 17, 2010

when i heard this i went straight to tears i miss him so much as i bet you guys do he was my first friend at oliverian and alot of my memories that made oliverian great he was involved with everyone loved him and will continue to.
-Matt Pecoraro

Posted by Matt Pecoraro - mahopac, NY - good friend   February 17, 2010

Tom and Jeanne, Our thoughts are with you. We are so sorry. Mark and Hilary

Posted by Mark Katzman - St. Louis, MO   February 17, 2010

Tom and Family, please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. So terribly sorry for your loss. May the peace of the Lord be with you now and forever.

Posted by Jeff Miller - St. Louis, MO   February 17, 2010

Life isn't about length but it is about sharing....love, memories. May you each find a special memory of Alex that will bring solace. My deepest sympathy, Lee Scissors

Posted by Lee Scissors - Olivette, MO   February 17, 2010

Tom, so sorry to hear about your tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, your family and friends.

Posted by Kevin Corcoran - Saint Louis, MO   February 17, 2010

Tom and Jeanne and family, That is the most touching obituary I have ever read. You are truly great parents. Phil & Cathy Behnen Family

Posted by Phil Behnen - St. Louis, MO   February 17, 2010

I am so saddened by this. I will keep your family in my prayers!

Posted by Hope Hodges - Wauseon, OH   February 17, 2010

I remember reading a quote that said something like this, " A butterfly lands beside us like a sunbeam and for a brief moment shares its beauty with us. We wish it could have stayed but it can't. We feel lucky to have seen it." Jeanne, Tom, Nate and Laura, I remember Alex as Nate's big brother who would walk by our classroom and peek over the lockers to check on Nate. Alex will continue to watch over you and your family. My prayers are with you.

Posted by Jan Wilson RMC teacher - St. Louis, MO   February 17, 2010

My deepest sympathies to you, Tom, and to your family and to Alex's many friends.

Posted by John McDermott - Greenville, SC   February 17, 2010

Saying our prayers for you.

Posted by The Ball Family - Jacksonville, FL   February 17, 2010

So terribly sorry. I was the school nurse at Oliverian. Alex was such a delight, so funny and talented. He was loved by so many.

Posted by Darleen Ball - Manchester, NH - Friend   February 17, 2010

Hey Alex, we weren't ever that close.. but we had a very important thing in common.. being from St. Louis and all. You came to hang out one night.. and set your sunglasses down so I picked them up and put them on.. and I never gave them back. I'm sorry about that.. but the next time I'm rolling through town on 70.. I'll be sure to put them in a special spot. Rest easy man.. you deserve it.

Posted by Lindsay Bein    February 16, 2010