Obituary of Pat Alexander
It is with very heavy hearts that the family announces the sudden passing of their beloved Mother, Gramma and GG on Friday, September 22, 2023.
She was predeceased by her parents Arnold and June Cook. Pat is survived by daughter, Cari Alexander and her children, Christopher and Addison; son, Jeff (Cindy) Alexander and children, Linden (Jensyn) and great grandson Flynn, Dawson (Karley). She is also survived by sister, Debby (Wayne) Charles and children, Dan (Coralee) and children, Alena and Cody, James (Miranda) and children, Renee and Bennet, Corynne (John) Hutton and children, Jack and Lucy; sister, Cathy (Bob) Woodmass and children, Chris (Shauna) and children, Brody, Paige and Baron, Jarret and Chelsea (Tim) and children, Emma and Beau. And her four legged fur baby, Zoey. She also leaves to mourn countless friends and was fondly known as "Auntie Pat" to so many.
Helen Patricia Alexander (nee Cook) was born July 27, 1950 in Brandon, Manitoba where she remained for life. She attended Neelin High school where she first learned her cheerleading skills. There have been many comments about how Pat was always their biggest cheerleader as they faced any difficult hurdles in life.
After high school she continued on to hairdressing school which eventually led Pat to open her salon Get Nailed where she finished out her career. The long running great success of her business was based upon her love of looking after people.
Pat's happy place has always revolved around cottage life. This first began at Brandosa Beach, Minnedosa and then in 1979 the family purchased property in Minaki, Ontario. Pat and her family spent every summer at the lake and she continued to enjoy Minaki until close up this fall. Pat was well known in her lake community. Weather permitting you would be sure to find Pat cruising on her pontoon with a boat full of friends and bubbles in her hand.
Pat enjoyed travelling with friends and family visiting destinations such as Hawaii, Huatulco, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ixtapa, Mayan Riviera, Puerto Vallarta, England, Panama, and multiple places within Canada and the U.S. Pat also loved to entertain and always surrounded herself with family and friends. Whether that meant an intimate cup of tea or a themed dinner party, the next event was always in the planning stages.
Pat will be remembered for her ability to wrap her love around you and make you feel like you were the most special person. We would like to share some words expressed by those that loved her most upon hearing of her passing: kind spirit, generous, my biggest cheerleader, confidante, spontaneous, pontoon queen, friend, "Auntie Pat", light and laughter, sparkle and joy, supportive, zest for life.
Pat's greatest love goes without saying. Family! She remembered every birthday, showed up for every event and reached out during difficult times. As a family we all relied on her to be the mom, sister, gramma or aunt that everyone should be so lucky to have. She was the glue that held us all together. The strength of those bonds will hold and be remembered long after her passing.
She will be greatly missed by the many that loved her.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Pat may be made to the to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, 1 Wesley Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3C 4C6 or to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Box 2414, Toronto, ON, M4P 1E4.
A celebration of Pat’s life will be held at a later date.