Ray Alexander, a U.S. Marine veteran once named Redlands’ Realtor of the Year, died on June 21, 2019. He was 95.
Born Raymond Philip Scicchitano on Jan. 25, 1924, to Italian parents, Alessandro and Rafaella, he was raised along with four brothers in the north end of Boston.
Most of his education was on the East Coast beginning with Kings Academy for drama after returning from World War II.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in speech and English at Emerson College.
He also studied finance at Boston University worked on his master of business administration at Boston College and Babson Institute.
He married Yolanda DeSola, also from Boston, and has three sons.
Alexander joined the Marine Corps in 1943. As a member of the Tokyo Bay Occupational Force, he participated in the initial landing and occupation of Tokyo Bay and the capture of the battleship Hijms Nagato, which symbolized the surrender of the Japanese Navy.
He also participated in the ceremony at the surrender of Japanese military forces in Tsingtao, China.
In his early years he was a radio and TV broadcaster.
After graduating he held various administrative, management and executive positions with Raytheon and GTE.
In 1967, he and his family moved to Redlands where Alexander was program manager for Sylvania’s portion of the Minuteman Missile Project at Norton Air Force Base for four years.
In 1972 he began a 42-year career in real estate.
He owned a real estate company for 12 years and later joined the Coldwell Banker Realty Center working primarily in the commercial division.
Alexander was active with the Redlands Board of Realtors. In 1978, he was board president, a state director for three years and voted Realtor of the Year.
During those years he also obtained his state teaching credentials for community colleges and adult education.
He taught real estate classes at Crafton Hills College, San Bernardino Valley College and Redlands Unified School District’s adult education program. He retired from real estate on Dece. 31, 2014.
Alexander was a member and president of the Business Improvement District and served on the Historic and Scenic Preservation Commission for a year and was on the Planning Commission for nine-and-a-half years, serving as chairman for five years.
Alexander was also a past member and president of the Chamber of Commerce and president of the Redlands Morning Kiwanis.
In 1982 he married Sharon Dawson, the mother of three girls.
He is survived by his children Steve Alexander of Thousand Oaks, David Alexander of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Gary Alexander of Yucaipa, Karen McClain of Yucaipa, Kim Dawson of Beaumont, Kelly Brady of Santa Cruz; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Emmerson Bartlett Memorial Chapel, 703 Brookside Ave., Redlands.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the City of Hope, the Salvation Army or to a charity of your choice.