It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Alexander W. Mackey, age 72, passed away in his home on Friday, April 10, 2020 in Philadelphia, PA. Alexander was born in Lowell, Massachusetts to the late Felicia Mackun, and to the late Alexander Samuel Mackey.
Alexander served his country with Great Courage and Honor in the Vietnam War in the United States Marine Corp. He attended the University of Massachusetts where he studied Early Childhood Development and Psychology, and where he we went for his Master’s Degree to follow his thesis “Have them, Love them and Leave them Alone.” Keeping his roots within the New England area, Alexander later served as a Detective in Norristown working with several municipalities while undercover; and although he struggled most of his life with Dyslexia, he became a man that chose to face his fears and weaknesses head on. He found strength in helping others and spent much of his time giving back to the community by volunteering to countless organizations; He served as a Volunteer Firefighter, participated in Habitat for Humanity, aided in the DCSS as a volunteer care provider to people with Down Syndrome, and spent many years driving for Meals on Wheels, amongst others. Another important aspect of his life aside from connecting with his family, was that he cherished nature and the animals we share this planet with and was a longtime member with the Defenders of Wildlife. Additionally, he had a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a foundation he contributed towards regularly.
He is survived by his daughter Michelle N. (Mackey) Hite, her partner James Snyder, and his four grandchildren, Logan Snyder, Austin Hite, Kylee Hite, and Landon Snyder. He is also survived by his daughter Jessamyn Mackey and his son Shawn Mackey. In addition to his parents, he was recently predeceased by his daughter Sydney Mackey-Haggerty on March 2, 2020.
In these past few years, he put his focus towards finding a way to connect with and help other Veterans suffering from PTSD, a disability he took very seriously due to his own struggles with this handicap. He showed his passion by teaching that understanding is the key and compassion is the way and found the best way to implement this was through awareness. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please donate to worthy causes that support Veterans with PTSD, as that will continue his dream and legacy. You may also donate or make contributions in his honor to any of the above named organizations in which he was affiliated.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date and his interment will be private. He will be deeply missed by many who truly knew him.
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