- 66 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 8, 1946
- Place of birth:
Trinidad and Tobago
- Date of passing: Jun 17, 2013
- Place of passing:
Teaneck, New Jersey, United States
|Those who have lived a good life do not fear death, but meet it calmly. Your effervescent personality, contagious sense of humor, and consistently positive attitude has inspired and uplifted us all, as well as given us many hours of laughter.|
*** PLEASE CLICK ON THE "HIS LIFE" TAB (above) FOR INFORMATION ON DONATING TO THE GRENADA HOSPITAL FACELIFT PROJECT** (please scroll down, the information and letters are below on the page)
Dear Family and Friends,
A 'Celebration of Life' Memorial Mass for Alec is scheduled in Grenada as follows:
SUNDAY, 8th SEPTEMBER 2013 (his actual birthday) at 4:00 PM
Blessed Sacrament R.C. Church
Grand Anse, St. George's - GRENADA
Parish Priest: Fr. Clifton Harris, O.P.
I urge you to share these details with those you know in Grenada who may wish to attend.
I received a letter from the Ministry of Health sanctioning the proposed project to be funded in memory of Alec. Next month I will be meeting with Mrs. Ann David-Antoine, Advisor to the Minister of Health, to see how best the funds collected to-date can be put to use.
Following various enquiries regarding donations to fund this facelift project at the General Hospital in St. George's, Grenada, and given that this is a one-time funded project and not an on-going memorial fund, it is too intricate (and not necessary) to set up a foundation specific to this.
The easiest way was to open a separate United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU) account where deposits can be made directly (see the "his life" tab of this site regarding banking info for direct deposit). Alternatively, checks can be made to my name for deposit to that specific account, indicating in the memo "In memory of Alec Telesford".
Please feel free to share with others you believe may be interested in supporting this project in commemoration of Alec, and to the benefit of a cause in his beloved homeland.
Thank you for the continuing outpouring of love, caring and support that you have shown to our family during this difficult time, and I so look forward to seeing those of you who can make it to the service on September 8th.
With thanks and one love,
NY SERVICE DETAILS:
Monday, June 24th, 2013
St. Augustines Episcopal Church -
4301 Avenue D, Brooklyn, NY 11203
Viewing - 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Tribute - 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Service - 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
St. Augustines Episcopal Church -
4301 Avenue D, Brooklyn, NY 11203
Viewing - 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Committal Service - 10:00 a.m.
Burial - immediately following at Canarsie Cementary
The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations to be given in aid of St. George’s General Hospital, Grenada.
"Thinking about you today on your Birthday. 09/08/2016. The party is getting bigger and bigger up there, May your Soul continue to Rest in Peace, and may Our Blessed Mother Mary, whose Birthday you share, take your cares and worries of this world, to her son Jesus Christ. God Bless you forever."
"You are thought of in silence and often we speak your name, all I have now are memories and your picture in a frame, but God has you in His arms and you are without pain.
When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure. In loving memory of your 70th Birthday – May the Angels sing to you the most joyous chorus of “Happy Birthday” - (8 Sept. 1946).
"Remembering the good times and sweet memories that we shared together. Alec, you’ll always hold a special place in my heart.
I know that you and Gary will always be my angels looking over me.
May you have eternal rest and may the perpetual light shine upon you.
Forever missed, Debbie"
"You have RISEN IN PEACE My Brother-in-law.... chatting with Mama and your own Mom...now.... laughing your infectious laugh.
I know you're smiling down at us...understanding more than folks know you understand. SMILING on all the WELL-DESERVED love and affection Debbie is now receiving, "My Boobie in whom I am well pleased" :) because she was a devoted Wife, kept your Dignity in tact, right down to the end, taking GOOD care of you, at your bedside.
What strength, what courage.
You were/are Blessed. Keep looking down on us and Blessing us.. Forever loved and missed."
"Still can't believe that Two years ago today, My father was called back up to heaven!
Daddy, you were everything a girl could ever want in a father, a best friend, a role model and an example to follow! I miss everything about you: your infectious smile, your words of wisdom, your sayings, your dancing, your Djing in the basement, I even miss the shape of your hands! I miss the strong sense of family, morality, honesty and integrity that you lived by and raised our family with!
I can't believe it's been two years since you left us, as your absence still hurts like it happened yesterday!
Time is supposed to be kind and help ease the sense of loss & emptiness .....but i think he has (in daddy's words) "fallen down on the job", because today I miss you more than ever!!!! And time has not been able to ease or fill the hole left by your departure!
I know you look down and protect us everyday! It's like I can feel you around your munchkins whenever they are about to get hurt! I hear you in my head when I'm trying to make decisions, and I feel you in my heart when I'm happy or sad! Daddy... I miss you so very much.....love you always and forever! Your daughter Chantal"
"You will be forever missed Alec.
Love Cheryl and Steph"
Missing you daily dear Friend, Copley Avenue hasn't been the same without you. May you continue to rest in peace.
"DOC" & Armetta McQueen"
"Those we love can never be more than a thought away.......
for as long as there's a MEMORY, they live in our hearts to stay.
Until we meet again my dear Alec.... With much love! Mo & Roy Rinc"
"Dearest Alec: Your face we shall always remember, your voice we shall always recall -- to us they're very precious, because they are of you. Our hearts are filled with memories of happy years spent together and shall remain as treasured souvenirs. These memories keep you close to me and memories last forever.
From pain to peace, from home to heaven -- May God grant you eternal rest.
~~~ Love in death lets us see,
What love in life should really be! ~~~"
"Today I am reminded again that one of our Virgo is missing, but never far from our thoughts."
"One year today -- the hardest journey I have yet experienced!
My darling Alec: May you always walk in sunshine and God's love around you flow, for the happiness and laughter you gave, and the many lives you touched in your own special way. Although we are apart, your spirit lives within me, forever in my heart. It broke my heart to lose you, but you did not go alone -- a part of me went with you the day God called you home. A million times I've needed you, a million times I've cried. If love could only have saved you, you never would have died. You left so many memories, your love is still my guide -- I know you'll always be at my side.
"Death leaves a heartache difficult to heal;
Love leaves sweet memories no one can steal".
Always and Forever."
"While sitting on my balcony tonight, a bright star stood out among the thousands, and a warm feeling came over me and I knew it was you Alec, shining so bright and sending all of us some love.
Miss you so much.
"Mrs. Debbie Telesford: What a great tribute to an honorable man and my friend and partner at the Waterfront Commission from 1973-1978. I will always remember Alec's smile and wonderful accent. We shared memorable times with Cpt. Stockey and of course Alec's brother Eric."
"Today, I was reflecting and admiring you and Debbie in my wedding photo and wanted to say how much I miss you and also thought
"IF LOVE COULD HAVE SAVED YOU, YOU WOULD HAVE LIVED
Until we meet again, With much Mo."
"From GBTV CULTURESHARE ARCHIVES
"What a lovely tribute to Alec at his memorial service last Sunday at Grand Anse, Grenada. Debbie and children - you did him proud. May God continue to bless and strengthen you in the days and years ahead."
"Dear Debbie and Family.
Sorry very sorry to hear of Alec's passing. He was a wonderful and honorable man. i truly enjoyed my time with him on the waterfornt and after. His warmth and humor were contagious. May he rest in peace in the hands of the Almighty."
"My Sincere Condolences to Alec Telesford's Family: Sad to hear of his passing .Thanking him for his Military Service to the U.S ,New York P.D ,GBSS,As the former National Security advisor for Grenada and many more I'm not aware of.Gone too soon but never would he be forgotten.Remain Strong"
"My dear Alec. I was so sadden when I heard of your passing, you will be missed. May your soul rest in Peace. My sincere condolences to your wife and children also to Eric and Gorden.
Rest in Peace my friend"
"To The Family,Of quiet birds in circled flight,I am The soft stars that shine at night,Do not stand at my grave side and cry; I am not there.I did not die.
love always. Ingrid Hulse"
"Dear Debbie, My sincere condolences. May you be comforted by the outpouring of love surrounding you and may the soul of Alec rest in peace. Marvin"
"Uncle Alec was truly a wonderful human being - generous, caring, thoughtful and oh what a sense of humour! His love for family and friends was simply inspiring. Thank you for being such a wonderful example to me and so many others. Our love and deepest sympathy go out to you aunty Debbie and family. Love you always."
"My deepest sympathy to the Telesford family on the passing on Mr. Alec. He will be missed. Please know that you are in my prayers"
"Dear Debbie and Family, We are Praying for you. God shall wipe away all tears from your eyes. May his soul rest in peace. He will be greatly missed.
Love Treasure & Andre & the girls."
"Dear Debbie and Family,
Please accept my most heartfelt sympathy for the loss of your beloved Alec. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Alec was a kind, well admired and wonderful man, and he will remain in our hearts forever. God's Grace, peace and blessings. Love, Gloria"
"Dear Debbie and Family,
Please accept our condolences on the passing of Alec. His love for his homeland and his contribution to Culture and Tourism is well known over the years. I pray that his positive memories will give you the strength to cope during this difficult time."
"May the good Lord comfort you in his arms and keep you safe till we meet again. A big brother you were to me and an everlasting family friend. I remember the cherished moments I spent with you in your studio and the first Grenadian press conference you took me to in NY. There were so many memorable moments spent through your life's journey. Thank you for your wonderful spirit. RIP"
"You will be dearly missed. Your smile, your laughter, your golden voice,your "always being there" will never be forgotten.
Rest in Peace Alec T.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family, Debbie.
Mark & Cheche"
"Although, I did not get very many chances to talk to him, I'm glad for the times that I did have to benefit from his wisdom and experience. It's something I really appreciated and I was glad to be able to express my gratitude before his passing. I'll always remember him."
""Simple, humble and easy going" - Alec. I have not known you very well but admired your warmth and simplicity looking over the fence. Your presence has lifted the neighborhood and would miss seeing you picking the sour-sop in the middle of the lawn. Sleep sweetly Alec! To Debbie, Alec will not want you to grieve but to live with the happy memories that you both shared."
"Dear Debbie and family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May Alec's soul rest in peace and may the great memories bring you consolation! Marie and Francis Gregoire"
"to a man whose love and enjoyment of life we truly admired. Now enjoy the best of your journey, john and kathleen"
"It's just a matter of time, till we meet again. Until then.... I will miss you with fond memories of all the great moments we shared as family. Love you and all. Giselle Trujillo"
"My sincere condolences to the family. Alec was a great person and friend. He will be dearly missed. He is at peace now. Special prayers go out to you Debbie during this time of sorrow.
"Farewell dear friend. Those of us who were privileged to have known you up close and personal know that the lights of this life shine less brightly because you, a true friend, loving son, brother, father and above all dedicated husband no longer smiles or laughs with us. However a new powerful voice is added to the team of announcers at the "Pearly Gates". Again farewell. Preston & Yvonne."
"Let us take solace as Alec sails in the heavenly waters bringing laughter and keeping his companeros in stitches.
Let us celebrate a life and time well spent.
The void created if we had not crossed paths would be immeasurable.
George and Margaret"
"Dear Debbie, I am very saddened for the loss of your beloved Alec. My deepest condolences for you and your family. I will always be there to console you when you need me. Alec will live in your heart forever. Love, Terry"
"So saddened to learn of Alec's passing - he will be greatly missed. His contribution to his country and fellowmen will forever remain in our hearts and in the memories of his family. To Debbie and the entire family, my deepest condolences. Friends in the UK have asked that I convey their condolences and God's richest blessings."
"Alec you will be missed tremendously, your contagious laughter, your sense of humor and you just being you, I will cherish forever. Debbie, my prayers are with you. I know with the memories you have of and with Alec you will be ok. He is in a better place now and knowing Alec, he is looking down at all his loved ones . Eric Gordon lots of strength. Love from Jackie and family in Aruba"
"Dear Debbie & Family,
Alec was a great man & will forever be missed. Our thoughts are with you in this time of sorrow & may you find comfort in loving memories. We will always remember the two of you dancing at our wedding in Feb. 2003
Nylka "Nikki" McQueen-Jeffries & Mark Jeffries"
"Dear Debbie & Family,
Our collective hearts are heavy with sympathy. Alec was not only a neighbor but most of all a friend. We are here for you!
Herman "Doc" & Armetta McQueen"
"We are deeply saddened by your loss. We will cherish the memories of the times we spent together with Alec. We are with you during this time of grief. Alec was a treasure."
"Dear aunty Debbie and family
We are so sorry for your loss . We are all thinking of you all at this hard time,here in england .my dad would loved to have been able to attend the funeral of his little brother . We are all sending our kisses and Hugs xx
From Teresa and the Telesford family here in England and ronnie Telesford xxxxxx"
"Deepest condelences to Debbie, Jessie, Eric and Gordon.
Debbie you and all the Telesford family are in my thoughts and prayers.
May God bless and always keep you in his care during this mournful time. Alec is gone, but will never be forgotten.
"Dear aunty Debbie and family
Just sending our condolences to you all at this hard time.even though we are in London we are thinking of you all. my dad is so sad as would love to have made the funeral tommorrow to say goodbye to his litte brother . Love from Teresa and the Telesford family in England and my dad ronnie Telesford sends his love xxx"
"Debbie, you've been continually in my thoughts and prayers, as have Eric and the rest of the family. There are no words enough, but I hope you are all finding comfort in the love you shared, laughter remembered, the joy he brought into your lives. You will miss him, but know that he is free from the suffering of the last months. May he rest in peace, and rise in glory."
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves memories no one can steal” Deb, may looking back at the beautiful memories you and Alec shared comfort you in the days ahead.
Love you Girl,
Marcia & Sid"
"MAY THE SOUL OF ALEC AND OTHERS THAT HAVE DEPARTED REST IN PEACE. MY CONDOLENCES TO YOU DEBBIE AND THE REST OF THE FANILY.
FROM NEIL STEELE, AKA PANDORA
ONE CALL DOES IT ALL"
"Rest in Peace Alec.
Heartfelt condolences to Debbie and the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you."
"My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. You were the most wonderful person to be around, still could remember the party days in the basement on E95th Street in Brooklyn you were the best DJ then and now, you had that special gift from God to make the saddest person or persons laugh and smile with your jokes... May your soul RIP you would be greatly missed......... love Matty"
"My condolences to Alec's family. Alec was a great person, a real gentleman. I have lots of footage with him in G.B.T.V. CultureShare Archives, doing the MC thing with lots of humor at many Grenadian functions since 1987. I just lost my brother ROLAND BENJAMIN who was co-creator of Cultureshare on 6-5-2013. May Alec rest in peace."
"To Gordon,Debbie & the Telesford family. Our deepest condolences on the passing of Alec. He was truly a caring and sincere person."when our loved ones go before us,we do not lose them,God takes them in His care." May he rest in Christ's eternal peace.
Love, Denis & Vern"
"My heartfelt condolences to the Telesford family and friends. We are mourning the loss of a fabulous individual and a special friend. Debbie may you find comfort in the love and memories you shared. RIP my dear friend."
"My heartfelt condolences to Debbie and family, may God continue to bless you and give you the comfort and solace in this trying time. Grenada has loss one of her great sons, and the world has loss a great influence, Alec you will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace in the loving arms of our Lord."
"Debbie, what I know about Alec, is what I learned from you during my time at UNICEF.
I know he was loveable, because of how you loved him. You held him in high esteem, and few wives have spoken favorably of their husbands as you have of your “Alec T.” Let that warmth continue to keep you in the days ahead. You will continue to be in my prayers. Jean and I send our Condolences to all."
Our prayers and thoughts are with you in this time of grief.
Words cannot express our feelings of your lost. Alec, you will be dearly missed.
Stephen and Patricia (Jabous)"
"My deepest sympathy to the Telesford family with the passing of Alec. I worked with him for several years during my tenure with the Waterfront Commission Police. May you Rest in Peace, Alec.
We are deeply saddened by Alec's passing. He was one of the kindest, humorous, wonderful and easy-going person. We are so lucky to have known him. May his soul rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the Telesford family during this difficult time. Martin and Betty"
"Dear Bebbie, Eric & Family,
My condolences to you all. Alec was a great humanbeing. He was very caring & loved everyone. He will be missed a lot.
Love to all.
"Dear Eric, Gordon & the Telesford family: So Sad to learn of Alec's passing. Our days in the GBSS's hostel will never be forgotten. My Room 9 neighbors "Alec & Eric were "Simply The Best."Alec, you were a tower of Strength to us all; we will miss you dearly. Our deepest condolences to the family at this very difficult time.
Kelvin & Janice Nurse"
"My family extends to the Telesford our deepest sympathies.
I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love. Leo Buscaglia"
"Words cannot express how sad I feel with the passing of an icon in the person of Alec T. His passing brings an end to a certain era in the Brooklyn/Grenada Community. The many Miss Grenada/USA Pageants he has MCE'D with that "Voice' that no one else possesses. will always echo on stages throughout heaven and earth. We miss you. The X-Teachers join with me in sending condolences to Debbi"
"dear alic what ever it takes you will always be my friend you left us with a broken heart ;but it will be mend you are at peace and you are one of gods greatest child we love you lester"
"Debbie condolonces to you and the Telesford family. Alec was such a wonderful human being,may his soul rest in peace.
Joycelyn and Family."
"It is with a sense of deep sadness and great sorrow that I write these few words about my dear friend Alec. I first met Alec through Debbie, a childhood friend of my wife, and after our second meeting, I was confused as to who I liked more, so I went ahead and loved them both.
Farewell dear friend-will miss you greatly, but you will always be my friend."
"Dear Debbie and family: We are thinking of you tonight and looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday. Alec was such a wonderful guy, with so much gusto for life, we cannot believe he has passed on. His integrity, decency, selflessness and loving disposition will always be remembered by us and all his friends and family. He was truly a giant among men. Love from both of us."
"Aunty Debbie, Eric, Gordon & the entire Telesford family- Our deepest condolences- From: The Archibald Family
Poem-If I should go tomorrow
It would never be goodbye,
For I have left my heart with you,
So don't you ever cry.
The love that's deep within me,
Shall reach you from the stars,
You'll feel it from the heavens,
And it will heal the scars."
"Dear Uncle Alec,
You were an amazing human being! You had mom, dad and I laughing all the time! love you and miss you...
Aunty Debbie! we love you and we are sending lots of hugs and love
Cherie, Anne & Terry"
"Eric and Gordon, my condolences. You know how special your brother was. Hope that God will guide you through this difficult period. Warm hugs, Marion"
"To : Ronnie, Gordon, Eric and Debbie.
I grew up with the telesfords in La Digue and we were all one family.
We had some memoriable times. Alec when I heard of your death. It really hurt but I known that you are now in peace with your savior.
Condolences to your family. Love always Celia and Arnold"
"Debbie, our condolences to you and the entire family. Astra will represent me because I am currently in Denmark. Alec, I will miss your impromptu visits to La Digue, may you rest in peace my friend. With love ~ Myrna & Astra"
"Dear Debbie, there are no words I can find to console you at this moment but you have many many beautiful memories that will help you to keep going ahead. I'll always remember my visit to your home and all the attention from you and Alec that made me feel so welcomed and special. Un abrazo fuerte para todos. Love Jenny"
"I had the pleasure and honor of working with Alec while he served as National Security Advisor to the Government of Grenada. I found him to be the ultimate professional, passionate about his job and a true team player. His passing is a loss for Grenada as well. May God strengthen us all at this time."
"I had the pleasure of meeting Alec through a mutual friend, and what I can say about the man is that he enjoyed life to the fullest. He will be be missed and to Debbie , when your heart is empty, fill it with happy memories of you and Alec. RIP."
"Dearest Alec, You'll be dearly missed .Your words of encouragement and always uplifting spirit I will remember always. You are at peace now. Debbie and the rest of the family that void cannot be replaced but you have beautiful lasting memories which will bring comfort ,
Gone but not forgotten...Your friend ..Kay"
"What a very dear, kind, generous and special person Alec was, and how greatly he will be missed by all of us who knew him! How i loved his deep laugh and sense of humor. There is a quote: In life he walked with God and in death God will surely walk with him." I'm quite sure that God is listening to some of his wonderful stories and that wonderful laugh right now!"
"He Is Gone
You can shed tears that he is gone
Or you can smile because he has lived
You can close your eyes and pray that he will come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all that he has left
Your heart can be empty because you can't see him
Or you can be full of the love that you shared
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow becau"
"*Please accept my deepest condolences for your family's loss."
"To Eric and family sincerest condolences on the passing of Alec. May God give you the strength to move on.
"Alec T, you were so special, I do not have enough words to express your kind spirit, sense of humor, generosity, love and affection. I will always love and miss you. Thanks for brightening the lives of me and my friends. Debby, my deepest condolences. God will give you the strength to get through this. Thanks for this website and for making him so comfortable. Alec would have loved this."
"To Uncle Eric and family my deepest condolences. Please keep strong love you very much
Your niece Kadie Gill"
"My dear uncle Alec, your presence will surely be missed. I have always admired your natural zest for life and I will always remember that. Aunty Debbie, you are a testament to the meaning of the word "wife". My heart goes out to you as you endure this loss. Thanks for taking great care of everyones uncle Alec.
with love Nicky"
"Dear Mr T ..Our story is short and sweet ..I never had any brothers and I certainly adopted you and Eric over 40 years ago and was so glad I did .. You never stopped loving me as your baby sister and always let me know you were only a phone call away if I ever needed you.. I was thankful for our visit last month, and was thankful when I need comfort when Liz passed .till we meet again MrT"
"His soothing comforting voice, His laugh,The huge breakfast he would prepare when u arrive.The safe feeling u felt.Those are the kind of things that he will be remembered for making people smile & bringing laughter in their lives & while it's going to be difficult to think of this world without him it is a happy thought knowing that wherever he is he is only spreading joy- Garnet,Pam & Kim"
"Jessie.....Ronnie/Paula, Gordon/Monica, Eric/Dierdre......Chantal/Keith, Gary, Bret and all the Loved ones of AlecT.... My Sincere Confolences and 'May he Rest in Peace'.....Love Always..Deanna."
"Dear Alec, we did not know each other very well. But always said hello to each other when we came face to face driving up or down the hill. I knew you inquired about my late husband, Paul Joseph, and his health and I thank you and your family for that, knowing what you were going through. You will be missed in the neighbourhood. Rest in peace."
I knew your lovely husband through you with all the wonderful and sad moments that you lived together but at the end there was so much love between both of you as a couple, as parents, grandparents...Rest in peace Alec!
"The Besutiful Memories that I shared with my dear Brother-in-law AlecT are far too many to mention. AlecT the thought of you will always put a smile on my face and you will always be in my Prayers for a speedy passage to Heavenly Glory...Debbie my Darling Sis know that I will always be there to support you in whatever you do. Let the Good Memories give you the Strength to carry on..Deanna."
Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
Dear Alec, may your soul rest in peace.
George and Joyce"
"Just wanted to pass on my condolences to you and the family. Alec and yourself open your hearts and home to us while we were in New York before even knowing us. He was a true gentleman. Really loved his sense of humor and your relationship. Love Always xx Candice & Carlton xxx"
"Thinking of you and holding you close, close, Auntie Debbie. Hoping all this love that surrounds you, and the stories of your love, joy and hope that guide me, bring courage now. God's grace to you and your family. I won't be far away. Love from us,
Anika and Christian"
"It's amazing how uncle Alec's genuine warmth has stayed with me over all the years. I know he is at peace now, so my prayers are for auntie debbie and the rest of his family whose lives will now have a space that no one else can fill. Be comforted by the many many beautiful memories you have together."
"Dear Alec, May your Soul Rest in Peace. You left us with Beautiful Memories. God will continue to give Debbie and the Children the courage and strength they need to carry on. I will always remember "The Voice" :) Love, Sharon."
"Dear Alec, You'll be dearly missed. Debbie, sending you a big hug. xoxox. Love,
Sylvia & Dennis"
Have a suggestion for us?