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Alex died peacefully at Hospice Wellington on Friday August 5, 2016. Mourned by his loving family, Carol, Joanne (Ezra), and Katie (Matthew). Alex is survived by his sister, Patricia Fulton of Vancouver, BC, and many nieces and nephews across Canada and the United States. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in 1924, Alex was the son of the late John M Macrae and Christine Carmichael. He was a veteran of World War II. Alex was predeceased by his brothers, Rod and Hector, and sisters, Kay and Christine. Alex’s father had an administrative position with the Canadian National Railways, so the family lived in various parts of Canada as Alex was growing up. He attended schools across Canada from the Little Flower Academy in Vancouver, BC, and Vancouver College; to St. Paul’s High school, in Winnipeg, and subsequently McGill University, and the University of Toronto. This sparked his interest in Canadian politics, leading to a lifelong affiliation with the Liberal Party. In 1980, Alex became Director of Family and Children’s Services in Guelph, and subsequently served as a trustee of the Wellington County Board of Education. He was a strong advocate of community volunteer work, and a long-time member of the Rotary Club. Some of his former volunteer roles included: member of the Guelph Library Board, Hospice respite volunteer, United Way Campaign Chair, and the Guelph Federal Liberal Riding Association President, and election Campaign Chair. He was also the Chair of the Wellington Dufferin Distress Centre where he led the implementation of a collaborative approach to crisis intervention. Private cremation has taken place. A Memorial Mass will be held at the Basilica of Our Lady 28 Norfolk St., Guelph on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 11 a.m. In Lieu of flowers, donations to Children's Foundation of Guelph and Wellington, Onward Willow Centre, or To Hospice Wellington would be appreciated by the family. Donation cards available at the Gilbert MacIntrye & Son Funeral Home Dublin Chapel, 252 Dublin St. N., Guelph 519-822-4731 or send condolences at