JEFFERIES, Alexander (Al) - Peacefully at University Hospital on Saturday, June 20, 2020, Alexander Jefferies of London age 88. Al had a full and happy life with his soul mate and wife of 63 years, Anna Maria; his children, Maria Jefferies of London, Nina Karigan (Spiro) in Texas, and John Jefferies (Susan) in California; his grandchildren Anthony, Paul, Alexandra, John, Alexander and Tessa; and great-grandchildren Anna and Elias. Fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his sisters Katharyn and Nicholetta.
Al excelled in sports. He was a gifted athlete, starring as a Golden Ghost at Central Collegiate and as an original member of the London Lords semi pro football club. He was a life member of the London Squash and Racquets Club. Al also enjoyed sailing, tennis, golf, and trap shooting at the London Hunt Club.
Music was also an important part of his life. Al was an original member of the Shriners Oriental Band and performed with the Shriners Concert Band. He was also a member of New Horizons Band at Western University.
As a restaurateur, Al owned and operated The Lounge Restaurant and Tavern in downtown London and Cobblestone Inn in Byron. He was Past President of the Canadian Restaurant Association, London. He was involved in all aspects of Commercial Real Estate, as a developer, investor and in sales. He was Past Director of the Regional Commercial Council and President of Pelion Buildings London, which owned many buildings in the core area.
Active in the community, he was a past member of the downtown Rotary Club of London and a Charter Member of the Grand Bend Rotary Club. He also served as director on many boards including the Small Business Centre, Canadian Red Cross Honorary Council, Western Fair Board, and the Canadian Club. He was a Life and Honorary Member of the Mocha Shrine and St. Paul’s Masonic Lodge 107, Scottish Rite and York Rite.
Special thanks to all of Al’s caregivers who provided excellent care for many years.
Private family funeral at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, London. Interment Woodland Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Shriners or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.
Perry and Nicholas Gelakis
June 27, 2020, 9:36 am
We are sad to hear of Mr. Jefferiesâ€™ passing. I have fond memories from my childhood of a kind and generous man. I remember riding on the back of his snowmobile, behind the family home, through Gibbons Park. What a blast! May he Rest In Peace.
Perry and Nicholas
Mary Margaret Prowse
June 27, 2020, 9:41 am
My deepest condolences to you and your family. Al and Don shard so many wonderful memories through the years and hopefully they are creating more now.. I know he will be dearly missed but treasure the wonderful memories you have..
June 27, 2020, 12:17 pm
On behalf of my late Father Dr John Sweeney, my Mother JoAnn, Brothers Paul and Mike and My Sister Erin Kate, I would like to offer our most Sincere Condolences. Dad would talk often about what a terrific football player " Alec " was at Central. We also enjoyed seeing him out at The Hunt Club golfing. He was always super friendly and would take the time to chat with us. It was a pleasure to have known you Mr Jefferies.
June 27, 2020, 5:41 pm
Dear Anna and family,
Donna and I were so saddened to hear of Alâ€™s passing. He will be remembered for his sincerity, compassion and generosity and will be missed by many that he touched. We have such fond memories of fun times with you and Al and the family.
June 27, 2020, 6:03 pm
Sincere condolences......thinking of you at this sad time.
June 28, 2020, 9:47 pm
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June 29, 2020, 8:58 am
Marion and I send our deepest condolences to you Anne and to the family.
Our shared experiences at the Hunt and at Innisbrook will be treasured for years to come.
God Bless our friend Al.
Marion and Don
Mocha Shriners London Oriental Band
June 29, 2020, 7:20 pm
On behalf of the Nobles and their spouses from the Mocha Shriners London Oriental we want to pass on our most sincere condolences. Alex was a dedicated member for many years and he will be missed. It was good to see Alex at our 70th Anniversary dinner celebration. Anna Maria and family, please take care and be safe. Sher and I pass on our own personal condolences as well. Paul Brown, President, Mocha Shriners London Oriental Band
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