News and Views from Dave Wilson

We’ll Miss You Alex

by on Oct.22, 2010, under Family, Miscellaneous

Alex WallaceSome days, the frailty of life and the general uncertainty of existence gets beaten into you with a large baseball bat. Today was one of those days.

After work, I received a call from Nikki who told me that Alex Wallace, my friend and fellow tenor in the Central Presbyterian Church choir, had been killed in a traffic accident this morning on his way to work. He was 42 years old.

In any tight-knit group, like the CPC choir, there are always people who stand out as the “glue” of the organisation. People who everyone gets on with. People who go out of their way to make newcomers feel welcome. CPC choir had a lot of people like this (which is one of the reasons it’s such a special group and one of the reasons I miss it so much after our church move earlier this year) but, of them all, I’m sure I would not be contradicted if I was to suggest that Alex was the best. Aside from being a great singer, his humour caused uproar during rehearsals and his ability to reach out and make everyone feel so welcome and so part of the group was legendary. Even after we left CPC, his friendship and outreach continued via emails and some of the nicest, most complimentary Facebook posts you will find anywhere. He’ll be sorely missed by a huge number of people.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends in Austin and his home town of Kerrville, Texas.

Update 10/25/10:

Alex’s memorial service will be tomorrow (October 26th) at 2pm in First Presbyterian Church, Kerville, Texas. I’ll be there singing with the CPC choir again (though I wish this was under different circumstances).

Saturday and Sunday were the 2nd and 3rd highest traffic days this blog has had in the 7 years it has been around. The only higher traffic day was when a post got linked to an internationally-reknowned photography site at the beginning of this year. I think this gives some indication of how popular Alex was – about 500 people have read this post alone since Friday night.

3 Comments for this entry

  • Jay Taylor aka Sirfishalot

    Dave,
    Sorry to hear about the loss of your friend. Please accept my condolences and I will send a prayer for the comfort of the family. God bless.

    Jay

  • Theresa Murphy

    All the staff at Del Valle H.S. and the Delvalle Opportunity Center loved Alex . We are so saddened by his loss. He was so funny and a great teacher. This is a great loss to the world.I will miss his hugs. Prayers for his family.

  • jerome wallace

    Alex was my cousin on my Dad’s side of the family. Every summer when I was growing up my twin brother and I would go to spend a few weeks in Kerrville, Texas with my grandparents, Ted and Emaline Wallace. They always took us over to Uncle Ed’s house to visit with Shannon and Alex. We had great times together visiting, cooking out, exploring the hill country and swimming at the creek house. It was so much fun being with them. Al always had a great sense of humor and was such a warm kind person. I can’t believe he’s gone. It’s like some kind of bad dream that I know I am going to wake up from any moment now. My only condolence is that at least he will get to sing with the heavenly choir now. Al was such a good singer. He will fit right in with them. Good bye Al. We love you and we will miss you.
    Jerry Wallace

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