Eight Bells: Alex McAuley

Published on January 11th, 2021

Alex McAuley, 88 years, passed away on January 7, 2021. Alex was proud and happy to recently celebrate 65 years of marriage to his wife Audrey (Oates).

Although his career was with Stelco for 42 years, Alex’s proudest accomplishment in life was his family: Robert (Margaret), Mark (Pamela), Scott (Sharon Fawcett) and Kevin (Sheri Woods). Spending time together led to many of the hobbies and interests they continue to share; sailing, skiing and travel.

Many will remember Alex from his time as a ski instructor at Chedoke in Hamilton or Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, NY.

Alex will be remembered by the sailing community for his enthusiastic involvement as a longtime member of the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club (Hamilton, ON) and Past Rear Commodore. As a Certified International Judge and Umpire, Alex and Audrey enjoyed traveling and being involved in regattas around the globe.

Known for his sense of humour, Alex was the recipient of the 2015 Legends of Ontario Sailing Award “Honouring the Past to Inspire the Future.” The award acknowledged and recognized Alex’s outstanding contribution to the sport of sailing.

Private service for family only and Alex’s wish for a Celebration of Life will take place when we can all get together again. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be contributed in Alex’s name to the Ontario Sailing Association in favor of Race Committee and Judges Training Programs.

Donations can be made online – click here. Under the Funding Options section, please choose Ontario Sailing Programs from the dropdown and in the Special Instructions Section, indicate that the donation is to be directed to the “Race Committee and Judges Training Programs.”

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