February 27, 1937 – June 21, 2022
Alex was born the oldest of ten children to Glen and Ella Rear. He was born in Mayo and later the family moved to Teslin and Brooks Book before settling in Whitehorse.
At a young age Alex went to the Saskatoon School for the Deaf and later said every time he came home there was another baby!
He enjoyed a long career as a custodial worker in the old federal building in Whitehorse and later in Edmonton. This training stayed with him as he always wanted things neat, tidy and clean. He was also trained as a barber and worked for the Air Force in Whitehorse but kept family clients also. Alex was well know in Whitehorse and never had a problem communicating and was always friendly and happy.
While living and Working in Edmonton Alex became involved with the deaf community and had many good friends there. This continued when later in life he returned to Whitehorse due to ongoing health issues. His friends here called him their “deaf elder”.
Alex thoroughly enjoyed living at Whistlebend Place the last few years and was well taken care of by the fantastic staff there. He took part in every activity that he could just to be around people.
Alex was predeceased by both parents, brothers – Chuck and Bertie, Sisters – Georgina, Maureen, and Lynn. He is survived by many, many cousins, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.
Alex’s family would like to sincerely thank all the wonderful staff at Whistlebend Place who took such good care of him in his last years. A special thank you to the ASL interpreters who were such a good help to the family. And especially a huge thanks to the members of the deaf community who were such good friends to Alex.
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