October 3, 1971 – August 23, 2019
Our hearts are aching as we announce the sudden and tragic passing of Jeffrey David Alexander, 47. We are saddened to know that he is no longer with us, but have the assurance that he is with our Heavenly Father.
Jeff left behind his loving wife Nyree, daughter Haley (Liam Bings), daughter Mackenna (Keegan Morey), son Ethan, grandson Leland (whom he adored), parents Dave and Lois Alexander, sister Mindi (Shawn) Forsyth, sister Jody (Josh) Hostetler, in-laws Gerry and May Campbell, brother-in-law Brian (Michelle) Campbell, and eleven nieces and nephews who he adored: Macgregor, Jordana, Faith, Madison, Kianna, Nathan, Rylan, Quinn, Brielle, Kylie and Anya. He also leaves behind countless cousins, uncles and aunts…he was truly gone too soon.
Jeff was born in New Westminster on October 3, 1971 to Dave and Lois Alexander. He was their first child and big brother to Mindi and Jody. Jeff spent most of his childhood and teenage years in 100 Mile House, BC. He loved the outdoors and spent his early years training and racing a sled dog team, skiing, fishing and hunting. His Dad, Dave, was instrumental in instilling a passion for the ocean and fishing. Before his grade 12 year, the family moved to Savona, BC. After high school, Jeff decided to pursue a career in Forestry. He spent two years at BCIT in Burnaby and joined Delbrook Baptist Church in North Vancouver where he met the love of his life, Nyree. Jeff and Nyree were married in 1993 and shortly after moved to Prince George, BC, where Jeff received his Bachelors Degree at UNBC. After his university graduation in 1996, the couple moved to Williams Lake, BC where he started his forestry career with Lignum, which eventually became Tolko, where Jeff was most recently employed. They welcomed their first daughter, Haley, in August of 1996, with daughter, Mackenna, following in 1999, and their son, Ethan, in 2000. Jeff’s life revolved around his family and friends. His passion for life was evident in everything he did. He confronted every day with an enthusiasm that was felt by his family, friends, and co-workers. He was a well-liked, well-respected and dedicated member of the community.
Jeff loved to watch and be involved in his kids lives. From dance to figure skating, hockey, soccer and piano and violin recitals, and his joy was evident…he was a very proud and loving dad. Jeff’s son, Ethan, started playing hockey at an early age, and Jeff immediately decided to start coaching. He approached coaching with dedication and enthusiasm. He coached with the Williams Lake Minor Hockey Association for fourteen years and was awarded Coach of the Year in 2017 for his efforts. Jeff’s goal wasn’t always about winning, but rather making sure that everyone was given equal opportunity to contribute and feel like a member of a team. He loved influencing, encouraging and mentoring kids. Jeff and Nyree were youth sponsors at their church for eight years. Jeff’s energy, humor and ability to connect with the kids allowed him to build bonds that were real and deep. He had the ability to connect to anyone, anywhere. He wanted people to feel included.
Jeff placed huge value on family holidays and time spent together. Many holidays included camping and Jeff rarely wanted to spend his time in the same place. His sense of adventure took his family to many different locations around the Cariboo and beyond. In 2008, Jeff travelled back to Bella Coola after many years and he was hooked! Jeff had a passion for the ocean and fishing that was clearly evident to everyone. Jeff and Nyree instilled the love of the ocean and fishing with their kids who enjoyed many family trips together. The ocean was truly a place he felt most at peace and was most excited to share with friends and family, even his young grandson, Leland, enjoyed a trip on Grandpa’s boat.
Jeff’s zest for life, passion for family and friends, enthusiasm, integrity and humor will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. He will leave a void that won’t likely be filled. He was a hero to the end and truly lived life to the fullest.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 at 2:00 pm at the Cariboo Bethel Church located at 833 Western Avenue in Williams Lake, BC.
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