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Russell, Alexander Gordon

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June 3, 1941 — Dec. 21, 2022

It is with sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Alex at the age of 81 years old on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, in Fort Macleod.

A proud and independent man, Alex was a loving husband to Margo and a devoted father to Alexandra. He wore his heart on his sleeve and would lend a helping hand to anyone in need; always thinking of others. Struggling with health issues over the past few years, Alex faced his challenges with grit, determination, and thoughtfulness.  

Alex is survived by his beloved wife and soulmate Margo and his precious daughter Alexandra; two daughters from a previous marriage Marla and Mida; his sister Betty (Don) Bauer; nieces Tracy and Karen and their families; as well as his cousin Pat, who he reconnected with after 60 years. Other surviving family members reside throughout Alberta and B.C.

Alex was predeceased by his parents Gordon and Flora Russell and numerous extended family members.  

Alex was born and raised in Claresholm and spent his formative years acquiring entrepreneurial skills that included learning to drive at the tender age of six (sitting on telephone books to see), while his father picked mushrooms on the side of the country road; delivering milk as a young boy in town using a horse and buggy; and working at the local movie theatre with his aunts. When he wasn’t working, he was running, riding his bicycle, swimming in the creek, or playing baseball. After high school, Alex continued his hard-working ways and worked for many years for Safeway Shelter Systems in Claresholm building manufactured homes; ultimately progressing to purchasing manager. When the company closed its doors, Alex was able to transition easily to working full-time in the farming and ranching industry for many years — a lifestyle he thoroughly enjoyed.  

Alex and Margo met in Stavely and desiring to be closer to the mountains, moved to Pincher Creek — an area where Alex felt content and at peace. They raised their daughter and the menagerie of horses, dogs, and cats on their acreage. Being retired Alex was able to build and fix things in his quonset and spend time driving his daughter all over the country for 4-H, school sports, dancing, and community volleyball. He also supported Margo with her career and numerous adventures.

Alex, you will be sorely missed and our lives feel empty without your loving and protective ways to guide us forward. We will miss your many stories about childhood and growing up and your ingenuity in solving any problem, as well as your sharp wit, humour and most of all your love. We are blessed to have had you as a husband, father, and best friend.  

A special thank you to the doctors, nurses and support staff at the Claresholm Hospital, Fort Macleod Health Centre, and Chinook Regional Hospital in their loving care of Alex.

If you so desire donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, 100-119 14th St. N.W., Calgary, Alta., T2N 1Z6, in Alex’s name.

It all started with a smile and a wave. Love you forever Alex.

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