by Terry Rogers
On Sunday, December 24, 2017, Dr. Roger Alexander, a well-known physician in Milford, passed away suddenly after suffering a stroke. Dr. Alexander is survived by his children, Mallory Alexander and her boyfriend, Jeremy Hatley, his son, Samuel, his brother, William, and his beloved cat, Fonzie. His funeral was held on Saturday, December 30.
“Amazing, compassionate physician,” Richard Waddy and Michael West posted on Dr. Alexander’s memorial guestbook. “Warm and caring human being. Dr. Alexander, you have made an incredible impact on our health, and an indelible mark on our hearts. We are forever grateful and fortunate to have been your patients. Enjoy the many rewards that surely await you. Thank you for everything. God bless.”
Dr. Alexander was born on July 2, 1945 in Maudlin, South Carolina, to the late William and Evelyn Alexander. He earned his doctorate from the Medical University of South Carolina and moved to Milford in 1977 where he started a private practice as a general practionist soon after. His family said that he enjoyed “piddling, riding around town and that he was an avid collector of just about everything.”
News of his sudden death took many by surprise in Milford and there were many posts on social media about how Dr. Alexander would be missed by his patients and others throughout the town. It has been especially difficult for those who worked in his office. According to his staff, the office is in the process of finding out how to legally release patient charts. As soon as a process is in place, patients will be notified by letter in the mail.
Mary Zook commented that his death was a tremendous loss for the community and family and thanked him for the amazing care he gave to his patients. Cyndi and Karl Oliver said that it was beyond comprehension that their doctor and friend had left them, expressing condolences to Mallory and Sam, his children, letting them know that they were foremost in his heart and mind.
“You are truly going to be missed and I just want to thank you for all the kind acts that you showed me when I was new in town years ago,” Dr. Patrick Titus said. “Your graciousness and kindheartedness made a great difference in my life at a challenging time for me. May you forever rest in peace, my dear brother.” John W. Mitchell mentioned how he met Dr. Alexander the first week the doctor moved to Delaware, calling him a close friend and “phenomenal physician.”
The family requested that, instead of flowers, those who wished to pay their respects should make a donation in Dr. Alexander’s name to the First State SPCA at 32 Shelter Circle, Camden, DE 19934.
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