Alexander Wolseley Urquhart, Jr., 94, passed away January 31, 2019. He was born May 9, 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the late Alexander Wolseley Urquhart, Sr. and Mae (Purdy) Urquhart. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Margaret Crawford (Peters) Urquhart, his brother Alexander Paul Urquhart, and his sister Edith Mae Urquhart.
Alexander served our country as an Officer in the United States Navy from 1945 to 1965. He was a graduate of the Naval Academy in Annapolis in 1946, and received a second Bachelor’s degree from MIT in Electrical Engineering. He was a naval aviator and carrier pilot for most of his career, attaining the rank of Commander. Upon retiring from the Navy in 1965, he moved with his family to Winchendon, Massachusetts, given his wife’s family and historical ties to the town. He was employed by and became president of New England Wooden Ware, a manufacturing company long involved in wood products and packaging.
Alexander had been a resident of Bradenton, Florida since 2000, spending brief summers in Winchendon. He was a member of the Tara Country Club in Bradenton where he enjoyed golf into his 90’s. He was also an avid boater and pilot.
Left to cherish his memory are his sons: Alexander W. Urquhart III and his wife Toby Lee Cahill of Templeton, MA, David L. Urquhart and wife Marie C. Nelson Urquhart of Winchendon, MA, and Peter W. Urquhart and his wife Emily Swartzentruber Urquhart of Portsmouth, New Hampshire; his daughter: Ellen Purdy Urquhart and her husband Frederick J. Hogan of Boston, MA; grandchildren: Benjamin, Andrew, Lindsay, and Sophia Urquhart, and Alexandra and Madeline Hogan; step-grandchildren, Spencer Anthony-Cahill, Leslie Anthony, Karen Shull and Kristen Shull; and great-grandchildren: Gregory, Laurel and Ryder Urquhart.
There will be a Service of Remembrance held on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at the First Congregational Church of Winchendon at 3PM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be given to the Humane Society of Manatee County in Bradenton, Florida.
Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon is directing arrangements.
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