Alexander Hood

  • Born: June 18, 1931
  • Died: March 25, 2020
  • Location: Rye, New York

Pelham Funeral Home

64 Lincoln Ave
Pelham, NY 10803

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Tribute & Message From The Family

Alex will be remembered asa great story teller, a person of high principles and most of all…a true gentleman.

Alexander B. Hood, a Canadian immigrant, long-time executive at Time Inc., father of four and grandfather of six, died on Wednesday, March 25, at the age of 88.

Born in Toronto, Ontario, in 1931, Hood ran a number of small businesses as a child before immigrating to the United States in 1949, determined to land a job at Time Inc. He quickly got a job in the mailroom there, and spent the rest of his 42-year career with the publishing giant, rising through the ranks in various departments to eventually hold key roles in, first, HR, and later as the executive in charge of the company's extensive real estate portfolio.

During the Korean War, though still a Canadian citizen, Hood volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army; he was stationed at Fort Slocum in Long Island Sound, where he taught journalism to military personnel. He returned to Time Inc. following his service, and shortly afterward earned both U.S. citizenship and a Bachelor's degree from Fordham University.

In the late 1950s in New York he met Catherine Crossley, of Binghamton, N.Y., whom he married in 1959. They moved to the New York City suburb of Pelham Manor, N.Y., in Westchester, where they lived for 52 years and raised four children.

Alex was a voracious reader. He enjoyed any gathering that involved people and story telling. He had a quick wit and was crowned King of the pointless story. He loved all things New York: A decade long season ticket holder for the New York Football Giants and a daily reader of the entire New York Times. If you couldn't locate Alex in the New York city area, you might find him trying to find a copy of the Times at his second home in Silver Lake, PA.

Alex will be remembered as a host, a master of ceremonies, a great story teller, a person of high principles and most of all…a true gentleman.

Hood was active in giving back to the community, serving on the Pelham Human Relations Committee in the 1960s; as a long-time lector at his parish church, Our Lady of Perpetual Help; and, after his retirement in the late 1980s, serving for over a decade as a board member and eventually chairman of Aging in America, a nonprofit serving the elderly with nursing homes and other services in the Bronx.

Hood's wife Kate died in 2005; he is survived by his children: Alexander B. Hood and his wife, Tara; Martha Hood; Ted Hood and his wife, Laura; and Daniel Hood; as well as his six grandchildren: Oliver, Nicholas, Gabriela, Madeleine, Alexander, and Mortimer.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Martha and family, Your Dad was a kind and sweet person. I met him years ago at one of Gabby's birthday party in your yard when our kids were pre-school age. After that party, I would occasionally bump into your Dad on the Metro North train and he always remembered me. Our conversations were often brief but always engaging. One time, when I was job hunting, he offered to pass along my resume to people he thought might be able to help me. He gave me his business card and was very encouraging about my future job prospects. It was a very generous gesture and I cherish that moment. My condolences to your entire family. Your Dad was a truly special person.

Posted by Marta-Elena Wisdom - Pelham, NY - Neighbor   April 20, 2020

What a wonderful man and father he must have been to have raised a daughter like Martha Hood! My thoughts are with the family- especially Martha and Gabby during this trying time.

Geri Pell

Posted by Geri Pell - Stamford, CT - Coworker   April 02, 2020

Alex was one of my mother (and her sisters') oldest friends. They were young in NYC together--and the friendship spanned a half a century. Alex was the best listener, always the the kindest grown-up in the room, and the guy who always showed up, driving great distances to mark a special anniversary or, when the time came, a funeral. He represents the best of his generation marked by love of family, God and country. I'm glad he's safely home. He may have left us behind, but we are better for his being here. Condolences to his family.
Mary Claude Foster

Posted by Mary Claude Foster - Seattle, WA - Family Friend   April 02, 2020

The Brintle Family is so very sorry to hear of the passing of "Uncle Alex". He was a giant for Brintle brothers; a man to be admired and modeled. Alex's care and generosity to our family will never be forgotten. We send our most sincere prayers to Young Alex, Teddy, Martha, Daniel and the entire Hood Family. With all our love and affection Tom, Joe, Sam, Patricia and Ashley Brintle

Posted by Joseph Brintle - Whitestone, NY - Family Friend   March 29, 2020

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