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Charles R. "Purdue Charley" Alexander
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Birth: Feb. 13, 1946
Death: Aug. 3, 1994
Illinois, USA

"Charles Roger "Purdue Charley" Alexander was an opinionated man who attracted others willing to share opinions of their own. They regularly gathered at his shop to converse about topics of the day: theater, city government, national politics, rearing children, the neighborhood and especially sports.

"Mr. Alexander, co-owner since 1972 of Old Towne Sundries in the Lincoln Hotel on Chicago's Near North Side, died Wednesday. A resident of McHenry, he was 48.

"Alexander's place of business dealt in newspapers, magazines, paperbacks, pop, sixpacks, aspirin, smokes, as well as conversation. The conversationalists included police officers, salespersons, show business people, horse and lottery players, pensioners, reporters and sports fans from any walk of life.

"'They loved to come in here and talk to him,' said his partner, Lenny Giordano. 'They talked every morning over rolls and coffee. They loved him.'

"Mr. Alexander acquired his nickname as a die-hard Boilermaker fan, although he never attended Purdue University in Indiana. His brother Bob recalls that when Purdue quarterback Mike Phipps failed to win the Heisman Trophy in 1969, 'Charley sat down and wrote Phipps a letter, telling him how sorry he was.'

"In addition to his brother, survivors include his wife, Judy; two sons, Daniel and Todd; his father, E. Robert; and a stepsister. Services for Mr. Alexander will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in Ahlgrim & Sons Funeral Home, 485 S. Bartlett Rd., Streamwood." Source: Chicago Tribune, August 6, 1994

Elmwood Cemetery and Mausoleum
River Grove
Cook County
Illinois, USA
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Record added: Jun 08, 2013
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Charles R. Purdue Charley Alexander
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Charles R. Purdue Charley Alexander
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Charles R. Purdue Charley Alexander
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