|Birth: ||Apr. 28, 1794|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 3, 1873|
New Jersey, USA
A.P. Fonda, formerly auditor of the Hudson River railroad, and the oldest Freemason in NJ, died at Paterson, Sunday, aged 79 years. NY Times, Springfield Republican - August 6, 1873.
A very elaborate obituary of Alexander was in an unknown newspaper dated Saturday 9 Aug. 1873. Here are excerpts: "...He was long a resident of our county and lived in the old township until it became a part of Paterson and his place had passed into the hands of the good sisters. (..) Mr. Fonda passed away like Col. Rafferty, in the quiet of a calm and holy Sunday evening. And as he died another old landmark of humanity in this vicinity is blotted out. He was born in New York, 80 years ago, we believe, on the cornet of Greenwich and Chambers streets. If we mistake not, the house stood where Stuarts' sugar refinery now stands.
At one time Mr. Fonda was in the Hudson River freighting business; afterwards he was Auditor of the Hudson River R.R. Co., and still had the silver service, presented to him by the company on retiring from that position after honorably filling it for years. He was a grocer of Paterson contemporaneous with Col. Rafferty, and like him amassed a fortune. He was six years a member of the Freeholder Board from his township and for four years was its Director. He was afterwards Collector of the County. In each position of trust in which he was weighed he was not found wanting but in every instance retired of his own accord, refusing to act longer. He was a candidate of the Republicans against Big Sam Pope, and although the District at the time was heavily against his politics, Sam beat him by only 792 against 708, which was considered equal to a victory at the time. He was a veteran of the war of 1812 and either as a soldier or citizen, always did his duty to the fullest measure.
For nearly sixty years he had been a free mason, and he was buried at his especial request entirely and in 'ancient ample form' by the brethren. His interment took place at Cedar Lawn, and a large concourse participated in the beautiful ceremonies. And thus passes from earth Alexander P. Fonda, whom none knew but to respect, to reverence and love. He leaves two children, William, a law student, and Mrs. Dr. McIntosh, the latter a regularly educated and licensed Physician of more than ordinary skill. He leaves the wife whom he so greatly loved to mourn his irreparable loss as only the true wife can; but there are friends without number who will never pass his last resting place without thinking of the honest worth of the manly spirit which once quickened the earth of all that remains of Alexander P. Fonda."
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Margaret Fonda (1800 - ____)*
Mary Augusta Clark Fonda (1809 - 1875)*
Sarah Fonda Mackintosh (1836 - 1903)*
Charles Augustus Fonda (1845 - 1847)*
William Augustus Fonda (1846 - 1888)*
Cedar Lawn Cemetery
New Jersey, USA
Plot: Section 7, Lot 25
Created by: Mark Fonda
Record added: Aug 15, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 57090399