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This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Alexander Hines, 65 years old, born on April 29, 1947, and passed away on July 4, 2012. We will remember him forever.
April 29
April 29
77 years ago, you began your journey touching the lives of many. I am so thankful for the years we had together. I am thankful for the guidance and advice only and older brother could give.



April 29
April 29
Remembering your birthday - 77, you would not like that #, we can’t do the reverse trick!!!
July 4, 2022
July 4, 2022
My brain has a hard time processing that it’s been a decade since you took your final rest, my heart knows too well. Alexander J. Hines - son, brother, husband, father, partner, grandfather, uncle, best friend, friend, cousin, teacher, mentor, actor, director, board member, healthcare administrator & good human; Always in our hearts. Thank you for a lifetime of memories.
July 4, 2022
July 4, 2022
10 years ago the pain of the earthly body was no more.. I am so blessed for our time together. The visits and phone calls are vivid memories that will not fade. Say hi to Mom and Dad.

Your Brother Michael
April 29, 2022
April 29, 2022
Happy Birthday Alexander say hello to my mother and father for me
April 29, 2022
April 29, 2022
I would always remind you on this day that you are my OLDER brother. Will never forget !!

Michael
July 4, 2021
July 4, 2021
Nine years have passed!! At times I reach for the phone because Rope is on or a great episode of Sherlock. I try everyday to make you proud to have me as a brother.  I know you are pain free..

Missing you.

July 4, 2021
July 4, 2021
As you passed on this day to your final resting place years ago, I want to know you are still missed and the works and kindness you showed people on earth will never be forgotten
July 4, 2021
July 4, 2021
Nine years ago you got wings and I was left with memories.
We were everything to each other for 32 years, grateful but difficult for the surviving half. Friend, partner and lover, you will always be in my heart.
July 5, 2020
July 5, 2020
On July 4, 2012, the pain ceased.Daddy is with you now. I am so blessed to have had you in my life ~~~~~~
April 29, 2020
April 29, 2020
As you rest in Paradise remember I will never forget how you helped mewith my mother.
April 29, 2020
April 29, 2020
Happy Birthday Alexander. Please continue to watch over my mother
April 29, 2020
April 29, 2020
I miss hearing your answers to the questions i ask. Happy Birthday. Thinking of you!!
April 29, 2019
April 29, 2019
Happy Birthday Alexander. You are in Paradise with my Son and my Parents
May you rest in Heaven
April 29, 2019
April 29, 2019
On your birthday I remember all that we had as brothers. I treasure those memories everyday!
~Michael
July 20, 2018
July 20, 2018
You will always be in my memory, with  love always. Ann
Bradford.
July 4, 2018
July 4, 2018
6 years today your pain and suffering ended, for that I am grateful. Never forgotten, always cherished.
Weeping endures for a night, joy comes in the morning; fulfilling the promise #living
July 4, 2018
July 4, 2018
Today is a day that Alexander's suffering stopped. He is resting in Paradise. You miss him but remember his spirit is always with you along with his presence. You are lucky to have a personal angel watching over you. Keep that thought in your heart Charles and be uplifted!!!
July 4, 2018
July 4, 2018
My Brother,
 It has been 6 years !!! How you are missed. The calls, the emails !!!
July 4, 2017
July 4, 2017
I miss you as I ace the trials of life not being able to call you. I remember all you taught me..
April 29, 2017
April 29, 2017
Your goddaughter is a freshman in college and you must be so proud of her. I miss hear your answers to my questions but I know you hear me ask them-----
July 4, 2016
July 4, 2016
Brother,
Four years ago I was at a lost-- as I apply all that you have told me over the years-- I am so grateful for the time we had.....
July 4, 2016
July 4, 2016
On this day 4 years ago you left a host of family and friends to carry on as you took your rest. You will forever be in our hearts & your voice always in our ear.
April 29, 2016
April 29, 2016
What can I say -- Missed a whole lot ... Happy Birthday
April 29, 2016
April 29, 2016
Happy Birthday, I miss you more than any words can ever express. I promised to live on...I 'm doing my best.
April 29, 2016
April 29, 2016
Thank you to Casey Strachen for the sponsorship of this site, I appreciate it so much!
April 29, 2016
April 29, 2016
As I remember Alexander's birthday, I think of all the ways he has affected people's life. He has plenty of company with songs from different recent artists that have passed. Remember Charles that Alexander is always with you in spirit and sometimes you may feel his presence
July 4, 2015
July 4, 2015
Today I honor Alexander, retired from these earthly trials. We all honor him by remembering and LIVING as promised.
July 4, 2015
July 4, 2015
On this day I am so thankful for all the wonderful times we had together !
July 4, 2015
July 4, 2015
his spirit will remain with you forever and you have someone always watching over you
April 29, 2015
April 29, 2015
You have not forgotten him, your still posting on his memorial site. Thank you.
I am determined to stay in the joy of his being and not the sadness of his passing.
April 29, 2015
April 29, 2015
Rememberimg how he loved to celebrate a birthday. Alexander Hines, no more birthdays; wonderful memories!
April 29, 2015
April 29, 2015
HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALEXANDER AND THANK AGAIN FOR ALL OF YOUR HELP REGARDING MY MOTHER!!
April 29, 2015
April 29, 2015
Happy Birthday Mr. Hines (Buddy) R.I.P
April 29, 2015
April 29, 2015
Today is the anniversary of your birth. And I missed not shopping for a brother card.
July 4, 2014
July 4, 2014
It has been two year !! I so much wanted more time with you, but I am so blessed for the time we had. I try every day to remember the words of advice and wisdom you gave to me.

~Michael
July 4, 2014
July 4, 2014
I remember what Alexander did to help[ me with my mother and I would go by and visit him occasionally at work (LHH) I still think about him in the choir with Charles. Your spirit will sore the beautiful earth forever.
July 4, 2014
July 4, 2014
2 years ago today July 4th I lost my best friend, partner, love, companion, and rock. I do not wish to be mournful and sad but rather celebrate the vibrant person that Alexander was and live life to the fullest. He always said “this is not a dress rehearsal, enjoy it.”
The Family lost a son, brother, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin, mediator and friend.
Friends lost a loyal, forthright, opinionated, smiling, congenial, creative, helpful and dedicated individual who stuck with you until the end.
In knowing all that and who he was and how he enjoyed life let us salute him with our joy of him and the life we have yet to live and do it with style. He didn’t like mess of any kind! My pain has been particularly difficult; weeping endures for a night, but JOY comes in the morning; It’s time for my morning. July 4th is now a double holiday for me as I celebrate it’s original purpose and now add Alexander to the FIREWORKS that he so deserved. Rest in total peace my dear.
April 29, 2014
April 29, 2014
April 29, 2014.. I am/Jersey City is thankful for the years we had together , the things we did. I forget sometime I just can not go into contacts on my cell and ask about the latest episode of Sherlock. I hope I was just the best brother to you !!!!!!!!
July 14, 2013
July 14, 2013
Mr. Alexander, a dear friend who shall never be forgotten. I too miss seeing him and sharing good times with him in Palm Springs. As time goes by, one cannot help but to wonder how lucky we all are to have crossed paths with him and Charles!
May you rest in peace dear friend!
July 13, 2013
July 13, 2013
It has been many years since Pyne Poynt English class with Mr. Hines.  He is one person I've always held in memory. A great teacher and comedian.
April 29, 2013
April 29, 2013
Today started out so rough.. Then I started to replay all the visits and good times we had and I realized how lucky JC was. I am so blessed to have you as a brother!! We think about Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.. Birthday Surpise @ Mecca and .

   Happy Birthday !!!..
November 8, 2012
November 8, 2012
While we have said our final so long, he is certainly gone to soon but resting in peace and we shall never forget.

Love

Charles
October 4, 2012
October 4, 2012
Many wonderful memories of our time together !!! A brother is a very special person!!!
September 24, 2012
September 24, 2012
Oh, Alexander, you are every where. I feel you in the wind especially when the trees sway. I feel you when the sun settles on my face as I sit here and there amidst the passerbys. I feel you as I pause to welcome the raindrops, wondering and hoping. And I sense you when the birds fly above chirping or perching nearby. Mostly, I talk to you often dreaming during the night. You are with me.
September 5, 2012
September 5, 2012
Today is September 4 and it has been two months since our friend Alexander went to heaven, while it feels like much has changed, all remains the same. The only thing that has changed is that our friend Alexander is no longer with us to enjoy Friday night outings at Wangs or Spencers or any of the local and usual places. I miss his smile and presence very much as all of his friends do!
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April 29
April 29
77 years ago, you began your journey touching the lives of many. I am so thankful for the years we had together. I am thankful for the guidance and advice only and older brother could give.



April 29
April 29
Remembering your birthday - 77, you would not like that #, we can’t do the reverse trick!!!
July 4, 2022
July 4, 2022
My brain has a hard time processing that it’s been a decade since you took your final rest, my heart knows too well. Alexander J. Hines - son, brother, husband, father, partner, grandfather, uncle, best friend, friend, cousin, teacher, mentor, actor, director, board member, healthcare administrator & good human; Always in our hearts. Thank you for a lifetime of memories.
Recent stories

Remembering Alexander on his Independence Day (2021)

July 4, 2021
After nine years passing, my pain of Alexander's homegoing is a little lighter, but my memories of his life is much fonder. Without any moment notice, I will recall a laughing conversation, a special occasion, or a whispering secret mumbled in my ear. These memories continue to sustain me today.
Being blessed with Buddy in my life, I celebrate his golden years on this Earth. With the best of my love, I thank you for showering me with so much generosity.

always,
william

The Man with the Heart of Gold

July 18, 2012

On August 15, 1965 (a Sunday afternoon), I met Alexander James Hines, unmistakably Buddy to his friends, on  the Virginia Union University campus. We were checking into our dormitory. Our friendship grew as we navigated our way through required courses. We were both English majors. It was during our stay at college that I was blessed with Alexander's first display of generosity.

During the tumultuous week of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination and our school closing, we were compelled to return home. He suggested we ride the Greyhound to New Jersey; he was going to Camden and I to Atlantic City. When we arrived in Philadelphia, his family (parents and little siblings) welcomed us. He insisted I spend the night at his house and then travel on the next morning. He and his family provided a comfort I never forgot.


After college, our teaching days began, with our being renunited at Camden High School. His generosity resumed by having me as a guest, actually part of his family, in his own home, not matter which one. Besides the sharing of Charles' and his home with me, he casually counseled me about one situation or another, making sense and banter about some of the scenarios.


When we visited San Francisco one summer before we moved here, we knew we had to leave Camden so we could breathe freely. It was a milestone for us which had no regrettable notions. His generosity continued as I remained a presence in their home, especially when we were neighbors on the same street. But the grandest public display of his generosity was when he and Charles celebrated their 25th Anniversary. They invited me and a host of family and friends to share that elegant evening with them. This was a special night for them but for me too because I felt honored.


Feeling this honor has been the threadbare through our relationship, going on for almost half a century. I thank him for blessing me with a friendship that can be compared to a forever status. My heart is heavy in missing him, but it's grateful for memories it holds-- some of which I shared here. Alexander, God Bless you and thank you. I love you.


always best,
william              

Affirming, Giving, Powerful

July 14, 2012

Mr. Hines was my 11th grade english teacher at Camden High School. I was a relentless bookworm, and Mr. Hines did everything in his power to affirm and encourage that in me. What a wonderful gift of affirmation and caring at an awkward time in life when fitting in, rather than being different felt so important.

I will never forget the day I walked into class and he matter-of-factly placed a small plastic bag on my desk. Obviously, there was a book inside; Selected Poetry of Lord Byron. Wow! My teenage heart leapt, and in true nerdy girl fashion I know I let out a silly gasp. I had no cool to blow, and yet I instantly wanted to hide under the desk as my display drew more negative attention than I could stand. Without missing a beat Mr. Hines threw a withering backward glance at my taunting classmates, and proceeded to share some tidbit I have long since forgotten about Lord Byron, and his thought that I should savor, rather than tear through this book the way I tended to do with so many others.

Many years later I had the opportunity to present a paper at a scholarly conference on the particular kind of friendship dear mentors cultivate with their charges. I certainly had Mr. Hines in mind then. He was then and will always be someone who helped me begin to know and embrace my true self. There is no greater gift one human being can share with another. What a gift from God he was and what an endless blessing his memory will bestow.

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