EXETER, NH - Bruce R. Alexander, 91, of 5 Penn Lane, died Monday, March 28, 2005, at his home after a brief illness.
He was born Feb. 7, 1914, in Cambuslang, Scotland, the son of the late Andrew and Janet (Murray) Alexander. He was raised in Scotland and emigrated to Canada after World War II. He came to the United States and lived in Somerville, Mass., from 1953 until 1986, moving to Exeter in 1993.
After finishing high school, he began an apprenticeship as a structural engineer. When World War II began, he tried to enlist in the service, but because of his trade was declined by the Army, Navy and Air Force. He was very determined and gained access to the submarine service of the Royal Navy. He served from 1939-1946, the majority of the time on the submarine H.M.S. Stubborn. He received decorations from King George VI at Buckingham Palace.
Mr. Alexander was a structural engineer for Groissier & Schlager in Somerville and later with West End Iron Works of Cambridge, Mass., where he retired at the age of 68.
He was a Master Mason with the Royal Arch Lodge No. 114 in Scotland.
He was a devoted family man and he enjoyed walking through downtown Exeter.
The widower of Jean Alexander, he is survived by three sons, Bruce A. Alexander of Exeter, Ian Alexander of Anderson, S.C., and David Alexander of Portland, Ore.; one daughter, Jeanne Larson of Portland, Ore.; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren
There are no calling hours.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Brewitt Funeral Home, 14 Pine St. Exeter, with Pastor Scott Meadow officiating.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Seacoast Hospice, 10 Hampton Road, Exeter, NH