Anthony Thomas Alexander, Jr.
We are grateful for the rewarding life of Anthony (Tony) Thomas Alexander Jr., who passed away on Sunday, July 15, 2012 after an eight-year battle with Alzheimer’s. He was one of ten children, born in Akron, Ohio on July 9, 1930, the son of Italian immigrants Anthony and Rose Alexander.
In his younger days, Tony was simply known by his family and friends as “Junior”, as he was proud to be named after his father. Raised in North Hill, he attended St. Mary’s High School where he met his sweetheart and wife of 60 years, Dorothy (Arnold).
Tony later attended Akron University before beginning an exceptionally successful business career, which began humbly in 1951 as a young, enthusiastic salesman in Akron. He was passionate in his pursuits, whether work or family related. In 1961, he moved his young family to Detroit where he ran his own business and developed a nationally recognized, award winning sales organization. Tony was recruited and later promoted into a corporate position as the President of International for the Rexair Corporation, a Michigan based manufacturer and exporter of home appliance products sold in N. America and, thanks to Tony, in over 100 countries worldwide. In this position, he traveled the world, often with his wife Dorothy by his side, until retirement in 1998. He was able to utilize his passionate, humorous communication style in cross-cultural business settings with his cherished distributors covering the European, Australian, Asian, and Latin American markets.
He will be remembered as a consummate orator, a brilliant motivational speaker, and a wonderfully humorous character both in his professional and family life. He always made time for those who needed his wisdom and council, always ready with the right story or anecdote to fit the situation. Tony was a true family man, the proud Father of six, Grandfather of twenty, and Great-Grandfather of twelve. He focused all his free time on his family, his loved ones, his brothers and sisters, cousins, and his close, lifelong friends.
He was preceded in death by his beloved parents, Anthony and Rose Alexander; siblings, John, Frank, Mary, Victor, George and Cosmo, his son, Anthony T. Alexander III, and son-in-law, Terry Maliskey.
He is survived by his loving wife Dorothy Lucile Alexander (Arnold), son Michael (Deanna), daughter Rosanne (Gery), son Stephen (Lilin), daughter Dorothy, and daughter Joanne (Terry deceased), and daughter-in-law Therese. Grandchildren: Anthony IV (Jennifer), Jacqueline (Zak), Michelle R., Nichole, Sarah, Taylor, Nora, Megan, Joseph F., John (Liz), Rosemarie, Jeremy (Rose), Joseph A., Michelle K., Anita, Miguel (Emily), Christopher, Amanda, Matthew (Becky), Karla. Great-Grandchildren: Haley, Christopher, Madelyn, Miguel Jr., Tyler, Emma, Sydney, Athena, Anthony V, Irelyn, Chase, and Trinity. His sisters: Rita (Joe), Rosemarie, and Joyce (Andy); sisters-in-law, Angie and Donna.
Family and friends will be received during the public visitation on Thursday July 19, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM at Ciriello & Carr Funeral Home, 39 S. Miller Road, Fairlawn, Ohio 44333. Tony and Dorothy are members of Saint Hilary Catholic Parish at 2750 West Market Street, Fairlawn 44333, where a Mass of Christian Burial held at 9:30 AM on Friday followed by interment at Mound Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like to encourage donations to The Alzheimer's Association Greater East Ohio Area Chapter, 70 West Streetsboro Street, Suite 201, Hudson, Ohio 44236.