These hopeful spring blooms live on a tree directly in front of a neighborhood post office — and that neighborhood post office lives on a street in the epicenter of town. Inside that neighborhood post office worked a man who may well have been the heart of Bossy’s small town. Funny, kind, informative, he knew every face and spread a generosity of spirit through sweet clear eyes.
Yesterday he collapsed while working and didn’t pull through. Alex, you were a Bossy favorite, you were a neighborhood favorite, and Bossy wants Alex’s loved ones to know how much Alex’s time spent working, away from home, was cherished by all.
corrie saysApril 17, 2009 at 8:09 am
A great loss!
Those people that can rise above and greet others with “generosity of spirit through sweet clear eyes” are true treasures!
MariaV saysApril 17, 2009 at 8:22 am
Hugs to you and your community, Bossy.
Lizzy saysApril 17, 2009 at 8:57 am
I’m sorry, Bossy’s community. How painfully sad.
Momo Fali saysApril 17, 2009 at 9:29 am
Aw. It’s a sad day when good people are taken from us. Alex sounds like good people.
RuthWells saysApril 17, 2009 at 11:32 am
I heard this sad news this morning — Alex’s passing will leave a hole in the heart of our community. He was one of a kind.
Maria saysApril 17, 2009 at 12:17 pm
Aww, it’s amazing how we touch each others lives. Sorry, bossy.
POD saysApril 17, 2009 at 12:56 pm
I loved Alex too.
Cactus Petunia saysApril 17, 2009 at 12:57 pm
A beautiful tribute.
Reeb saysApril 17, 2009 at 1:15 pm
So sad for the loss of Alex.
I’m thinking of my pharmacy person, Merri, who knows everyone (and what they’re being treated for!) and is a delight and friend to all. I would hate to lose her. And so I relate, as best I can, to your loss.
Jennifer saysApril 17, 2009 at 1:40 pm
What a great loss. It sounds like he touched many lives and will be sorely missed.
My thoughts are with his family and with all who will miss him in your neighborhood.
kay saysApril 17, 2009 at 1:48 pm
I’m sorry, Bossy, and Bossy’s town. My hope is that he had a last glimpse of the spring blooms just outside.
Jenn @ Juggling Life saysApril 17, 2009 at 1:59 pm
What a lovely tribute.
Ranger saysApril 17, 2009 at 2:49 pm
What a guy. Who else will ever make a trip to the post office — even at Christmas or tax time — an enjoyable errand.
swistle saysApril 17, 2009 at 3:09 pm
Oh, so sad!
Ms. Cranky Pants saysApril 17, 2009 at 3:25 pm
May Alex’s family be comforted during this terrible time by knowing how generously he enhanced the lives of others.
foolery saysApril 17, 2009 at 3:27 pm
Small towns are at their best when you have a handful of Alex’s scattered throughout. I hope Alex’s spirit will live on in another community member. 🙂
Wendy saysApril 17, 2009 at 3:35 pm
Oh Bossy! I am so sad about this, what a wonderful man..I wish I had told him 100 times more how much we loved him! I will never forget the sparkle in his eye as he promised a certain young lady that a certain birthday gift would arrive, on time, at a certain college campus on the Upper West Side…my prayers for his grandkids, who he loved so very much..
reen saysApril 17, 2009 at 4:09 pm
This is just beautiful. I am sorry, Bossy and Bossy’s town.
MemeGRL saysApril 17, 2009 at 4:42 pm
Thanks, all, for the condolences…I just saw him on tax day and did our usual joking routine about what I’d forget and walk back in for 10 minutes later with my two kids who like to use the mail slots to literally climb the walls. And if I had the slightest clue it would be the last time it would be our routine, I would still be walking in and out that door. Forget forever stamps. I would have liked a forever Alex.
And he always had fan letters from “people of youth” decorating his window. My heart goes to them as well.
Peg saysApril 17, 2009 at 7:54 pm
Bossy, you always know how to put things into words. We all feel for you and your sweet town. Alex, it’s very clear that you will be missed by those who knew you and also by so many who didn’t.
Jacmo saysApril 17, 2009 at 9:10 pm
🙂 Godspeed Alex. You will be missed.
Bush Babe of Granite Glen saysApril 18, 2009 at 3:08 am
OK I was going to be all smart and say how you won the ‘bloom off’ with Dooce today, but instead you have written something gorgeous and sad. Lovely tribute, my dear. Just lovely.
The Domestic Goddess saysApril 18, 2009 at 7:57 am
Boohoo. I’ll miss Alex, and so will my kids. He was a grand fellow.
Formerly Unemployed Susan saysApril 18, 2009 at 9:02 pm
God’s finger touched him and he slept.