Love and memories last forever...
  • 85 years old
  • Born on October 8, 1930 .
  • Passed away on December 26, 2015 .

Alexander McKechnie 10/08/1930 – 12/26/2015


The day after Christmas we lost a Great Man

A person whose absence was never part of our plan

Alex didn’t seek the spotlight or ask for recognition

Living a life of love and kindness was his true mission

He cherished his family and friends so dear

The lives he touched overflowed with laughter and cheer

He had a mischievous nature, and couldn’t pass up a good joke

But always in a playful way, he was just that kind of bloke

A believer in the superior power of the left-hander

He always spoke with wisdom and candor

Great pleasure he found in caring for others

From family and friends to birds of many colors

A legendary sense of humor and a ready smile

For those in need he went far beyond the extra mile

He was convinced that the lottery and Jeopardy were fixed

But give him a good auction and he’d be transfixed

Some may say he had a very stubborn side

But really it was just that damn Scottish Pride

A sense of adventure lasted all his 85 years

Never did he shy away from exploring new frontiers

With patience and wonder he always viewed life

And spent 46 blessed years with his best friend and wife

A nature so humble and gentle he had

He truly was the world’s best Dad

Creativity and ingenuity were just two of his extraordinary traits

He also had a knack for starting great debates

So though his passing has left a huge void

If he knew that we made a big fuss he’d be quite annoyed

Today we salute him, with all that we can

For it was an honor to know this very Great Man


Alex will be forever cherished by his wife Doreen, daughter and son-in-law Moira and Josh Vander Meer, nieces Sasha Mitchell and Deirdre Hineline, great nieces and nephews, and his loving extended family of cousins and friends both domestic and in Great Britain. He joins his dearly loved daughter Fiona and sister Margaret in eternal peace. A celebration of Alex’s life is planned for the spring.

Posted by Sarah Patterson on 13th January 2016
Doreen & Moira, I'm so sorry for your loss and I'm sorry I never got to know Alex. The poem is a beautiful tribute to a someone who clearly enjoyed life and was well-loved. I think we can all hope to be remembered in such a way. Sarah
Posted by Mary Hirschbiel on 12th January 2016
Doreen and Moira, Please accept my deepest sympathy on the death of Alex. Your lovely poetic tribute sums up his life beautifully. May your many happy memories sustain you as you adjust to life without him. With very best regards, Mary Hirschbiel
Posted by Mary Randall on 12th January 2016
Doreen and Moira, On behalf of the staff and Board of Directors of Read Aloud Delaware, I wish to extend to you our deepest condolences at this time. Many people have enjoyed Alex's smile, sense of humor and support over the many years. His presence will be missed by many! Know that we will continue to lift you up in our thoughts and prayers now and through this difficult time. Our love to you both.
Posted by Jay Turcotte on 3rd January 2016
Doreen and Moira, Our deepest sympathies are with you on Alex's passing. I have nothing but fond memories of "Uncle Alex",eventhough I'm a nephew by association. He was a terrific man , friendly,strong and pleasure to know. Love....The Turcottes
Posted by Susan Wilbur on 1st January 2016
Doreen and Moira, My sincerest condolences on Alex's passing. I have many fond memories of him during my high school years. Yours was my home away from home. I know he had the best greeter waiting for him in heaven. I'll continue to keep you both in my prayers and thoughts. Love to you both.

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