Alex was a lifelong Medicine Hat area resident. He was a man of faith, integrity and family. His treasured wife of 57 yrs, Frieda, predeceased him March 13, 2017. Although they did not have children, Alex deeply loved his sons, Dwayne and Fred (Maier) from a prior marriage. He delighted in his grandchildren and great grandchildren. Alex was the eldest of six children born to Alexander and Ellen Giles. He was fondly known as young or “Big Alex” when he outsized his Dad. His siblings, David, Ellen Mae, Glenda (deceased), Jack, and Robert (Doris) will greatly miss him. His life as a rancher and love of Cypress Hills brought him happiness, as had the adventure of living in Australia. His wishes were to be cremated, without ceremony or memorial services, joining Frieda at Hillside cemetery. The family thanks caring friends who supported Alex with meals and visits, and those who helped him medically. He appreciated your efforts very much.
It is with sadness we hear of Alex’s passing on March 26th. Ken wants to thank Alex for the wonderful memories of their many times together at the ranch. Ken remembers being a 5 year old boy in 1946 when Alex worked as a hired hand on the ranch during the winter and living in the bunkhouse. They listened to Wilf Carter on an old windup record player, playing over and over again. Then at a later time, Alex would spend his days off from the Glass Factory at the ranch where they spent time hauling bales, breaking horses, trailing cattle, etc. Alex was very, very good to all the kids. Alex would take the kids to town to a movie and buy them milkshakes on the way home. Great memories of a kind hearted man.
Mmy sincere condolences to Dwayne and family in the passing of his dad, Alex Giles.
Cousin Norm Collard.
I was so sorry to hear of Alex passing. Both him and Frieda, will always hold a special place in my heart. As a little girl, I spent time with them on the farm. I can’t wait to get to know them all over again with their youthful vigor, in the near future. I hope your cherished memories help you at this difficult time.
Alec & Frieda will always be in my memory of friends. The list is getting longer to greet when the resurrection begins. Will miss your handshakes. 'Til then my friend.
We were saddened to hear of Alex's passing recently. He was such a nice man and we enjoyed our visits with him at Tim Hortons or down at the A&W for a shake and fries. We will miss him. Our condolences go out to his family.