Canton — Alexander J. Turbide, 97, formerly of Plattsburgh, died May 25, 2000, at the United Helpers Nursing Home in Canton.
He was born May 13, 1903, in Montreal, PQ, Canada, the son of Edward Turbide and Marie Louise Lecuyer.
Mr. Turbide attended schools in Ste. Therese, Quebec. He worked for a period of time in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta, Canada, where he was employed at the Harry Best ranch in Rockyford, Alberta.
He moved to Plattsburgh in 1925, was employed by the Plattsburgh Traction Company and was probably the last living employee of that company. Mr. Turbide then worked for the Delaware & Hudson Railroad until 1942. He was a member of the fire department on the old military post in Plattsburgh, while Champlain College was using the facilities.
Mr. Turbide joined Carpenter's Union Local 1042 in 1946 and was eventually elected its business agent. He served in that capacity until his retirement in 1968. He recently celebrated 50 continuous years as a member of his union local.
He married the former Mabel Parrotte of Plattsburgh on Sept. 15, 1929, in Our Lady of Victory Church. The couple lived on Monty Street in Plattsburgh for most of their married lives. They spent their weekends and summers at their camp in Loon Lake. Mr. & Mrs. Turbide were avid antique collectors and frequented many local auctions. Mrs. Turbide died on May 26, 1987. Mr. Turbide moved to Canton in 1993.
Mr. Turbide is survived by a son, Ronald and his wife Shirley of Canton; a grandson, Andre Turbide of Orlando, Fla.; a brother, Francois Turbide of Ste. Therese, Quebec; and many nieces and nephews.
Four brothers and two sisters predeceased him.
Mr. Turbide was a member of the Holy Name Society of Our Lady of Victory Church. He had been active in boy scouting and served as chairman of the Samuel de Champlain District of the Adirondack Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Turbide enjoyed hunting and fishing in the Loon Lake area of Franklin County and was a charter member and first president of the Bobcat Hunting Club in Loon Lake.
Calling hours will be Friday, May 26, 2000, at the Brown Funeral Home in Plattsburgh from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Our Lady of Victory Church on Saturday, May 27, 2000, at 9 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Peter