Winthrop- Alexander Alex A. Razis, 65, passed away Sunday February 23, 2014 at the Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, surrounded by the love and comfort of his family. Arrangements are entrusted to Hammill Funeral Home in Winthrop.
Alex was born in Potsdam on November 2, 1948 to the late Edward A. and Brigida Lena A. (Maniero) Razis. He was raised and educated locally, attending St. Lawrence Central High School. On October 24, 1970 Alex married Linda Stark at St. Marys Catholic Church in Potsdam. They shared in a blessed union of 43 years built upon love, faith, and dedication.
Since childhood, Alex helped on the family farm. He eventually was overseeing and handling all aspects of farming. He also worked as a farm laborer for Stauffers Farm, and up until 2013 Alex was still raising cattle. He embraced hard work throughout his life and was proud that this trait continues with his family.
Alexs outgoing friendly spirit paired with his sense of humor made him an exceptional people person. He truly enjoyed chit-chatting and good conversation with friends, and especially coffee at the diner with the guys. He was a member of the bowling league at Big Ds House, and the former Gervais Lanes, and enjoyed hunting.
Those who love and know Alex best reflect upon how he was hard-nosed, but still had a soft touch. He will always be remembered and greatly missed by all who knew him.
Alex was a parishioner of the St. Patrick and St. Lawrence Catholic Churches, and a member of the Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Department for 45 years.
Alex is survived by his wife, Linda, 6 children; Sarah and Reggie Judware of North Lawrence, Melissa Missy Razis and her companion Ethan Cheney of North Lawrence, John Razis and his companion Helen Wagstaff of Parishville, Anthony Tony and Jamie Razis of Ft. Washington, PA., Shallon Razis of Fairbluff, NC., and Mathew and Laurie Razis of Winthrop, his 12 grandchildren whom he cherished; Brittany, Jane, Justin, Ashley, Alexandria, Taylor, Damien, Harley Jean, Jose, Gabriella, Jasmin, and Kristofor, his 2 adored great-grandchildren; Sebastion and Chevelle, 2 sisters; Eve Razis- Thorpe and her husband Phillip Thorpe of Rochester, and Theresa Razis West of Lawrenceville.
Survivors also include his aunts, uncles, and cousins in Italy, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Always close to Alexs heart, is the memory of those that predeceased him; his sister, Elizabeth M. Empey, nephew, Kristofor (Razis) Perritt, and niece, Carinadina Empey.
Visitation will be Friday from 2-4 & 6-8 at the funeral home. Alexs Mass of Christian burial and funeral service will be celebrated Saturday at 10am at St. Patrick Church in Brasher Falls. Burial will take place at St. Lawrence Cemetery in the spring.
For those wishing to express an act of kindness, memorial contributions may be made in Alexs honor to the Tri-Town Volunteer Rescue Squad or the Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Dept.
Memories and condolences may be shared with his family at www.hammillfh.com.