Cumberland Times-News


January 23, 2014


SHAFT — Thomas F. Alexander, 70, of Shaft, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 in his home.

Born June 4, 1943 he was the son of the late Frank and Nellie Alexander.

Tom worked as a butcher at Browning’s in Westernport and retired from Food Lion in Frostburg.

You could often see Tom at Sheetz getting coffee, or visiting friends in the meat department at Food lion.

Mr. Alexander is preceded in death by his wife of 40 years, Sharon J. Alexander; sister, Mary Louise Beavers; niece, Amy Calvert; and father-in-law James "Butch" Speir.

Surviving are his daughter, Stacey Fortino and husband Larry, Willards, Md.; three grandchildren, Hailey Turk, Olivia Turk, and Austin Fortino; sister-in-law, Gail Lough and husband James, Flintstone; brother-in-law, Leonard "Sonny" Speir and wife Silda and family, Frostburg; mother-in-law, Margaret Speir, Frostburg.  Tom was also survived by nieces, Shelli Sandman, son, Shevin Knippenberg and husband Matt, Diane Clayton and family, Colorado; nephews, Brett Gordon and wife Leslie, Ohio and Michael Beavers and wife Jennifer, Utah.

Friends will be received at the Durst Funeral Home, P.A., 57 Frost Ave., Frostburg, on Sunday, January 26, 2014 from noon til 2 p.m. with funeral services following at 2 p.m.

Pallbearers will be James Lough, Larry Fortino, Leonard Howsare, Brett Gordon, Sonny Speir, Shevin Knippenberg and Matt Sandman.

The family would like to give special thanks to Western Maryland Regional Medical Center and Dr. Anthony Bollino and Staff for always taking such great care of Tom. 

In Lieu of flowers, family requests donations be sent to Western MD Cancer Center or the American Heart Association.

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