Large crowd turned out for funeral

Inclement weather conditions last Wednesday did not deter the public from attending the remembrance service for Alex Ogden, who passed away at his residence a week ago Saturday after a lengthy illness.
The crowd on hand spoke of the high esteem people held for him as a respected individual in the community. He certainly left behind a legacy that will be remembered by his family, friends, and neighbours.
Before illness struck, Alex used to enjoy daily walks around the community with his wife, Pat. I usually met them at some point on their route and spoke briefly to them before moving on.
I first met Alex when the family moved here from teaching at Mohawk College. He later went into partnership with his brother-in-law, Ted Corrigan, over at the old Fairway Store, which lasted 11 years before going into retirement.
His son, Kent, and Brian Reid then took over the business.
He was an efficient woodworker, carving out different birds and having them hung out on the front porch for everyone to see. He also was a handy person around the home, and his horticultural abilities helped Pat plant flowers and grow a garden.
Much more can be said about Alex, especially his character, good humour, and attitude. Everything was done with a cheerful smile.
His brother, Lorne, gave the eulogy, which was an extensive and worthy summation of Alex’s life. His six granddaughters were the honourary pallbearers.
Mr. Murray Smith of the Pineview Mennonite Church officiated, with the church choir presenting three selections, “Where the Soul Never Dies,” “Unclouded Day,” and “Shall We Gather at the River.”