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“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...Read More »
1 of 70 | Posted by: Laura Kurzu

“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...Read More »
2 of 70 | Posted by: Julia Myles Bakewell - St. Louis, MO

“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...Read More »
3 of 70 | Posted by: Barb Flunker - St. Louis, MO

“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...Read More »
4 of 70 | Posted by: Derek Champagne - Bethlehem , NH

“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...Read More »
5 of 70 | Posted by: Andrew Spencer-Arscott

“Jeanne, Tom, Nate & Laura- I am so sorry for your loss. Please know your family is in our hearts and prayers. ”
6 of 70 | Posted by: Robyn Hunter - Clayton, MO

“Jeanne and Tom: We are saddened to learn of Alex's death and our thoughts are with you. Simon and Mary Tonkin ”
7 of 70 | Posted by: simon tonkin - st louis, MO

“Our very deepest sympathy on the loss of Alex ”
8 of 70 | Posted by: Keith Alper - St. Louis, MO

“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...Read More »
9 of 70 | Posted by: Carole Chambers Hitt - Shorewood, MN

“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...Read More »
10 of 70 | Posted by: Angela Taylor

“May God bless you and watch over your family during this time. ”
11 of 70 | Posted by: Bryce and Carol McTavish - Denver, CO

“May God bless you and watch over your family during this time. ”
12 of 70 | Posted by: Bryce and Carol McTavish - Denver, CO

“May God bless you and watch over your family during this time. ”
13 of 70 | Posted by: Bryce and Carol McTavish - Denver, CO

“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...Read More »
14 of 70 | Posted by: Jim McKeown - Pike, NH, NH

“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...Read More »
15 of 70 | Posted by: Marge Williams - Belleville, IL

“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...Read More »
16 of 70 | Posted by: Paul Rogers - Overland Park,, KS

“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. ...Read More »
17 of 70 | Posted by: Chip, Katie, and Sarah Lerwick - MO

“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...Read More »
18 of 70 | Posted by: Tim Cenova - St. Louis, MO

“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...Read More »
19 of 70 | Posted by: Paul Keller, Mary Gaertner, Zoe Keller - MO

“Dear Jeanne, Tom, Nate and Laura, Please know we are remembering you and honoring Alex's memory. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
20 of 70 | Posted by: Tammy Walsh - St. Louis, MO

“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...Read More »
21 of 70 | Posted by: Lee and Ruth Berkel - Belleville, IL

“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...Read More »
22 of 70 | Posted by: Matt & Nancy Andrew and Family - MO

“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...Read More »
23 of 70 | Posted by: dina and jim stoeppler - MO

“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...Read More »
24 of 70 | Posted by: Paul Behnen - Scarsdale, NY

“My very deepest sympathy. ”
25 of 70 | Posted by: Del Schwinke - St. Louis, MO

“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...Read More »
26 of 70 | Posted by: Gerry Mandel - Kirkwood, MO

“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...Read More »
27 of 70 | Posted by: Grace&Jim Dowd - St.Louis, MO

“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...Read More »
28 of 70 | Posted by: Britt Bullard - Jacksonville, FL

“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...Read More »
29 of 70 | Posted by: Karen and Glen Duncan - LA

“Jeanne and Tom My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
30 of 70 | Posted by: Cindy Hartsog Weeks - Newport, NC

“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...Read More »
31 of 70 | Posted by: Anita and Kirk Oldham - Apex, NC

“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....Read More »
32 of 70 | Posted by: Kerri Harrington - Haverhilll, NH

“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...Read More »
33 of 70 | Posted by: Mark Klamer - Clayton, MO

“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...Read More »
34 of 70 | Posted by: Gerry Mandel - Kirkwood, MO

“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...Read More »
35 of 70 | Posted by: Corinne McAfee - St. Louis, MO

“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...Read More »
36 of 70 | Posted by: Louise John Jack and Liz Collins - VA

“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...Read More »
37 of 70 | Posted by: Teenuh & John Foster - St. Louis, MO

“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...Read More »
38 of 70 | Posted by: Joe Mastroianni - St. Louis, MO

“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. ”
39 of 70 | Posted by: Jim Baalmann - St.Louis, MO

“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 ”
40 of 70 | Posted by: Russ Hanchin - Richmond, VA

“Dear Jeanne & Tom -- We are so profoundly saddened by your loss. Never question why you were chosen. You are the special people capable of...Read More »
41 of 70 | Posted by: Zack & Jill Hummel - Manhasset, NY

“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...Read More »
42 of 70 | Posted by: Mike Van Dolah - VT

“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...Read More »
43 of 70 | Posted by: Lua Wells - Mt. Pleasant, SC

“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...Read More »
44 of 70 | Posted by: Dawn Sorgea - St. Louis, MO

“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...Read More »
45 of 70 | Posted by: Janet Baldwin - Chesterfield, MO

“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...Read More »
46 of 70 | Posted by: Zachry M Meyers - Boulder, CO

“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...Read More »
47 of 70 | Posted by: Sherri and Kelley Griswold - AL

“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...Read More »
48 of 70 | Posted by: Chris Hanley - Chicago, IL

“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. ...Read More »
49 of 70 | Posted by: Dave Gulick - St. Louis, MO

“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...Read More »
50 of 70 | Posted by: Dick and Liz Zempel - St. Louis, MO

“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...Read More »
51 of 70 | Posted by: Holly Gulick - St. Louis, MO

“Tom and Jeanne, you have all our heartfelt sympathy. ”
52 of 70 | Posted by: Gary and Janet Shipper - MO

“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...Read More »
53 of 70 | Posted by: Trina Scott-Doolittle - McDonough, GA

“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...Read More »
54 of 70 | Posted by: Kathryn - St. Louis, MO

“Tom and Jeanne, Our hearts are broken for you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Greg & Mary Sullentrup & Family ”
55 of 70 | Posted by: Greg and Mary Sullentrup & family - MO

“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...Read More »
56 of 70 | Posted by: David Minton - St Louis, MO

“My family's thoughts and prayers are with you and yours. ”
57 of 70 | Posted by: Jamie Keim - St. Louis, MO

“Jeanne, Tom His childhood antics, his playful ways, his wonderful mind and his amazing talents - memories, and there are many, will help sustain...Read More »
58 of 70 | Posted by: Margie and Gary Sacks - St. Louis, MO

“Tom and Jeanne, Our thoughts are with you. We are so sorry. Mark and Hilary ”
59 of 70 | Posted by: Mark Katzman - St. Louis, MO

“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...Read More »
60 of 70 | Posted by: Jeff Miller - St. Louis, MO

“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...Read More »
61 of 70 | Posted by: Matt Pecoraro - mahopac, NY

“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...Read More »
62 of 70 | Posted by: Lee Scissors - Olivette, MO

“Tom, so sorry to hear about your tragic loss. My thoughts and prayers go out to you, your family and friends. ”
63 of 70 | Posted by: Kevin Corcoran - Saint Louis, MO

“Tom and Jeanne and family, That is the most touching obituary I have ever read. You are truly great parents. Phil & Cathy Behnen Family ”
64 of 70 | Posted by: Phil Behnen - St. Louis, MO

“I am so saddened by this. I will keep your family in my prayers! ”
65 of 70 | Posted by: Hope Hodges - Wauseon, OH

“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...Read More »
66 of 70 | Posted by: Jan Wilson RMC teacher - MO

“My deepest sympathies to you, Tom, and to your family and to Alex's many friends. ”
67 of 70 | Posted by: John McDermott - Greenville, SC

“Saying our prayers for you. ”
68 of 70 | Posted by: The Ball Family - Jacksonville, FL

“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. ”
69 of 70 | Posted by: Darleen Ball - Manchester, NH

“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.....Read More »
70 of 70 | Posted by: Lindsay Bein


- 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

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