Obituary of David Alexander
David James Alexander, a stone mason, owner of Revolution Cafe and a true legend of our time, on May 22, 2023 pulled the ultimate Banksy and left onto another adventure.
Dave’s selfless spirit entered this world on Aug 15, 1974 in Baraboo, WI. He laughed his way through his youth where his #22 Thunderbirds football and wrestling careers made the best stories even the Packers were afraid to sign him.
He wasted no time after graduating from Baraboo High School in 1992 hopping in his minivan setting off to explore this amazing world. He went on to obtain multiple degrees from the School of Life and YouTube.
Dave and Cassie’s souls connected where all true love stories start; Desperate Annie’s, they then added Maizee to their team creating a bond that will last across realms. He was a knower of all things unknown, an ultimate tinkerer with an untouchable love for the outdoors and an affinity for music and history which was unmatched.
Even on the hardest of days his light continued to shine bright. He gave the world around us an insurmountable gift of perspective and adventure which is evidenced through the memories shared of him teaching kids how to throw axes, stealthy removing a speed bump at camp, shifts at the Highway House and the rowdy nights that followed after close, cooking on the top of Big Sky, wrestling with his brothers, him and Ben playing with balloons, weekend cook offs with TJ and Whalen which would make Bobby Flay shutter, building forts in Gail’s woods with the boys, his March Madness and Fantasy Football picks in Jamie’s Cave ESPN continuously tried to get their hands on, walking every morning with Pearl and Jo Jo to our favorite tree, rock climbing at Devils Lake with Bonham, eating with his grandparents at Jens Alpine, living and surfing on the beaches in Hawaii, being the first to ride the tram at Big Sky in MT, laying rock with Jeff, Nate, Nick and Jay, working on his pizza oven, making maple syrup, skiing or just hanging in Walter’s tree shed, rating Fidens beer with John, East Beach and our cabin at Burlingame, watching Shazam with Maizee, the annual chip and sip with TR, his countless art pieces he made to one day have an exhibit at the Laffer Gallery, The Cloisters with Suzanne, hanging at Woods Valley with John as well as attending the illusive burning moose, calling a hurricane or code 7 taking refuge in Jamie’s cave, playing cribbage listening to records in the Church St Kitchen, his ripple made you want to live in a world filled with Dave’s.
He left a piece of himself imbedded with every person he met and truly everyone who met him fell in love with him. He was affectionately known on job sites, the old watering holes and the ski mountain as Montana or Diamond Dave. He would encourage everyone to laugh in the face of a challenge, never forget you are the boss of your own self and to not take the Tuesday’s in life for granted.
Maizee: Remember to always stand up for what you believe to be right, speak your soul’s truth remembering NO is a full sentence. Never forget our quote: Pain is temporary, it may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. Always look for a parade of turtles as I will be with you on every step in your life’s amazing journey.
He is survived by his person, Cassandra Wilusz; his daughter Maizee Jane Alexander; his hairy kids Pearl, Jo Jo and Mango; his grandmother, Juanita Alexander; mother, Pamela Jo Hilmer; father, Scott Alexander; brothers, Mark, Kevin, Wade Lee Richards, Lance Richards, Christopher Alexander; and sister, Shania; as well as his nieces and nephews, Jordan, Nicholas, Ashley; and best Wisconsin friends, Andrew Bonham, Jeff Geasey, John Burch and Scott Wastal. He is predeceased by Grandpa Scott, Grandma Pauline and Grandpa Jim.
His family by choice; Gail, Heather, Chris, Rebekah, TJ, Jamie, Toni, John, Alissa, Bobby D, Bella, Walter, Gail, Carson, Brady, Lexi, Derrick, Rae, Luke, BJ, Jenn, Jake, John, Alissa, Steve, TR, Cara, Kenny, Jamie, Kate, Michelle, Alaina, Liz, Amanda, Suzanne K, Tiffany, Nate, Jessi and Saird; as well as the entire Village of Schuylerville
Throughout Dave’s cancer journey he continued to marvel the world of medicine by his ability to defy all rational thinking of pain and will live embedded in minds to help make gains in the oncology setting helping future patients. We owe Dr. Kuhar and Dr. Pezzulo an abundance of gratitude for having the moral compass to test unchartered territory to improve the quality of life within a palliative setting in a world of only utilizing narcotic sedation in order to get us home. We did not take one moment of the additional precious time you provided for granted.
We would like to thank the entire Village of Schuylerville, Schuylerville Central School District, Saratoga Oncology, Palliative Care and Hospice in your unwavering love and support on our journey. Laurie Brann for all your motherly nurturing care you provided Dave; he called you an angel walking the earth.
A shin dig will be held over the summer. May you stay Forever Young.
A scholarship account has been set up in Maizee’s name at Glens Falls National Bank, P.O. Box 97, Schuylerville, NY 12871. Dave believes she will one day become an attorney as the world should fear women lawyers.