Biography: Alexander was born on Feb 7, 1938 in Newark, New Jersey, the third and youngest from the union of (now deceased) Joseph Walker and Alice Woolridge.
The oldest, his brother Joseph Walker, Jr. preceded him in death on January 14, 2014, as did his stillborn sister may years ago.
He had a good upbringing where education and independence were taught to him at an early age. He loved cars; music and the finest of restaurants and custom made clothing. His mother always told him to work hard for all of the best that life has out there to offer him….and he did…
Alexander was educated in the Newark Public School system where he was an attentive student. Upon graduating from High School, his thoughts went to higher education, although finances for that were limited at the time.
He decided to enlist in the United States Air Force, as he knew he would be entitled to various benefits upon completion of his services.
Even then, he was thinking long-term benefits for the type of affluent life he envisioned in his future. His tour of duty was for four years, in the USA and overseas Japan. He was proudly and honorably discharged on April 26,1960.
Almost before the ink was dry on the discharge documents, he began to pursue and take full advantage of the educational and homebuyers benefits for veterans.
He enrolled at Rutgers University while being employed on a full and part time job. He excelled in college and received his degree in Business Administration and Management.
He applied and tested for positions with the Newark Housing Authority and the United States Postal Service, and was called first for a position with the Housing Authority. Upon his acceptance to the Newark Housing Authority, he excelled to various managerial positions and took charge of several developments.
While employment was working favorably for Alexander, unexpectedly, his name came up on the Postal Service list for an available position. Rather than decline this second full time position, he decided to take advantage of both opportunities. Alas, his financial future was more than secure and he loved it.
Three marriages, the union with wife Ms. Myrtis (deceased) begat Steven and the second marriage to Ms. Patricia ended in divorce. He was also father to Paulette; a daughter whom he never knew existed until a turn of fate brought it forth to him later in his life.
Then came the third marriage to Sarah Brown Caliman and the beginning of the best ever-mutual love story (book suitable).
They met through his mother and went from acquaintances to friends and then marriage, but no baby carriage! Sarah’s in laws from her previous marriages loved him as well!
Finally plans went forth for a one of a kind destination wedding in Virginia, the roots of his Walker/Woolridge Family. This was also a part of the country that husband and wife loved traveling too. To appease the combining new family members, two grand receptions were held, in Virginia for all who could travel south and the second in Fort Lee, New Jersey for all of the up north family. They enjoyed honeymoons in Virginia and The Bahamas.
Alexander was always a loving, generous and reserved spirit who, like his wife loved traveling and dining out and eatin’ sweets.
He loved accompanying his wife to church services and would try to shush her if she disagreed with a remark or change in church policy! Then after church, in his quiet way he would say, “That's my girl", as usual you got your point across, I am proud of you!”
Sports wise the Mets was Alexander’s favorite team and he was an excellent swimmer. He liked playing cards, especially with his bother Joe and sister-in-law Annie and reading the Newark Star Ledger while waiting for his shopping wife in stores during shopping trips that he took her on..
One of the biggest and most important vacations in Alexander’s life was the yearly Walker-Woolridge Family Reunions in July. He saw to it that the calendar was marked early on for that special vacation and the chance to mix and mingle once again with family.
After a few medical conditions decreased his mobility he was unable to travel but encouraged his wife to travel and have fun for him too. They were members of travel groups, especially “Al and Margie’s Road Show”.
When Alexander could no longer be at home, he looked forward to the pictures with stories of her trips, and volunteer work and the sweet treats she would bring for them to share at the Alaris Nursing and Rehabilitation Facilty. There, they treated her like family and fed her often.
At the Alaris Nursing and Rehab center, he always stuck out his chest especially, on holidays, as he knew his wife would be there to share it with him and that he had the best decorated room, holidays or not!
He has left an extensive music collection, some songs of which you have heard today and unending love and love stories for his wife and family to reminisce upon.
Yes, this third marriage was a charm as God’s plan has been carried out from the courtship to the transitioning. God loves you and I am so grateful, that He came…..quietly guided you up the stairway to heaven while you were napping! I mourn for you down here and cry too but nothing can replace our love nor your loving spirit that dwells in me forever!
Honey Bunny, rest in peace…
Left to Mourn and Remember
Alexander leaves a large and loving family in the states of New Jersey, Detroit, Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, California, Ohio and New York and more.
Children- Steven and Paulette
Stepchildren- Diedre, Deryck and (Daryll deceased)
Brother- Joseph P. Walker and infant sister (Deceased)
Grandchildren- Alex Hamilton, Shaniqua and many more…
Aunts- Virginia Goode, Virginia (Ethel Bussey, Detroit (deceased)
Uncles- Henry Woolridge, Manford Walker and (Sylvester Goode, deceased) and more…
Cousins- Mabel Foster, New Jersey, Dr. Jackie Bussey, Johnny (Susan) Bussey, Marilyn, Laverne, Darnell, Pearl, Alice Barnes, Lorraine Woolridge and Henry Walker and many more.
Sister-in-law- Annie Walker, New Jersey, Dianna Dames, North Carolina, Sylvia Dames, North Carolina and many more.
Brothers-in-law- Sam Brown and Alfred Roberts, New York
Nieces and nephews- Jo-Ann, Joseph, Jr. (Sherrie, Lisa and Darrell Deceased)
Friends and Associates, Newark Housing Authority, United States Postal Service, Penn Federal Bank, Montclair, NJ Staff and neighbors White Manor Homes, Fort Lee, NJ. Staff at Alaris Nursing/Rehabilitation Facility, Kearny NJ. Long term Physicians Drs. Ramdas and Saraf, East Orange, NJ.
Special friends and extended family- Marion C. Dames, Deacon Edgar Harvey and his wife Margaret.
Alexander was a very private person, so here, thanks to the neighbors and friends who were sincerely supportive of me and
respected our privacy.