Anthony Thomas Alexander Jr.

Born: Wed., Jul. 9, 1930
Died: Sun., Jul. 15, 2012


4:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Thu., Jul. 19, 2012
Location: Fairlawn

Mass of Christian Burial

9:30 AM Fri., Jul. 20, 2012
Location: St. Hilary Catholic Church

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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.


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Val Swedine
   Posted Wed July 18, 2012
To Dorothy and the rest of the Alexander Family,
Thank you for the opportunity to take care of Tony, it was a pleasure. It was also a pleasure to meet some of your Wonderful Family. You are all in my prayers!
Take care my friend Dorothy, You are a very great lady!!!!

Val Swedine

Julio & Ana Morales
   Posted Wed July 18, 2012
Dear Dorothy:

Our hearts are with you and your Family in this time of sorrow.

We remember Tony with love and admiration, he pushed us to be the best we could be in the Rainbow Family and we know that many of us in Rainbow owe him what we are right known.

As Catholics and true believers we know he is already in the presence of our God saving a space for us when the times come.

Julio & Ana Morales
Rainbow RGD's
Guatemala, Central America

Thomas & Karen Surma
   Posted Wed July 18, 2012
To Dorothy and Family - We express our utmost sympathy to you in the passing of Tony. He was a great mentor to me during our time together at Rexair and he was highly respected around the world by all of Rexair''s Distributors. I enjoyed working with him and he will be dearly missed.
All the best,
Tom and Karen Surma and Family.

Troy Bishop
   Posted Thu July 19, 2012
Mrs. Alexander & Family:

Every time you and Mr. Alexander visited our office you came with kindness, appreciation and love for myself and all my staff. The stories and wisdom you shared, both in telling and by your actions are a great example to me as I work with my wife to care for our family. I am thankful to have had the opportunity to know Tony and continue to appreciate what strength, wisdom and heart that you possess, Mrs. Alexander.

I send a prayer to you this morning and I pause before a busy day to smile as I remember Mr. Alexander.

With appreciation & sympathy,
Dr. Bishop

Tony Csemez & Magdolna Kishonti
   Posted Thu July 19, 2012
Dear Dorothy and Family,

Our deepest sympathy for your loss. We wish you all strength.
He will never be forgotten.
Rest in Peace , dear Tony!

Tony Csemez & Magdolna Kishonti
Rainbow SD's in Hungary

Victor & Jackie Peralta
   Posted Thu July 19, 2012
Dear Dorothy,

To you and your family, we send our love and condolences. We will always remember Tony for his warm heart and loving personality. He took good care of many people in the business. We are grateful for his friendship.

God bless,
Victor & Jackie

Javier & Maria Arias
   Posted Fri July 20, 2012
Dear Dorothy,

We sadly regret your loss. Tony was a great person that inspired us and taught us many things in life.

All our prayers are with you and all your family in this time of loss.

God bless you all.

Javier & Maria Arias and the rest of the Spain Rainbow Family

Christoph Szaraniec
   Posted Fri July 20, 2012
Dear Dorothy,

I was deeply saddened to hear about the death of Tony.

I highly respected Tony and he will stay in my heart forever. My thoughts and prayers got out to you and your family.

May God bless you.

Christoph Szaraniec
Rainbow Austria

Liana Spalla & Ricardo Espinosa
   Posted Fri July 20, 2012
Dear Dorothy & family,

Ricardo and I send our most heartfelt condolences and will keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Even though we were no longer in contact since Tony retired, I remember you both fondly and will always be grateful for the opportunity Tony gave me to join Rexair. I recall the many conversations with Tony in his office at Rexair and especially will never forget when he told me that once you meet someone, that person will forever remain in your memory. We will always remember Tony.

A warm hug,
Liana Spalla & Ricardo Espinosa

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