The Honourable Lincoln MacCauley Alexander PC, CC, O.Ont, CD, QC January 21, 1922 – October 19, 2012

A Celebration of Life


Lincoln Alexander is remembered at city hall in Hamilton. (Tourism Hamilton)

Friday, October 26, 2012  2:30 pm Hamilton, Ontario

Order of Service

Gathering Music: The Hamilton All Star Jazz Band  – Dr. Russ Weil, Conductor

Call to Worship  – The Reverend Allison Barrett

Processional – Keith McGrath, Piper, Hamilton Police Pipe Band

Opening Words

Opening Hymn All Through the Night (Ar Hyd Y Nos) Traditional Welsh, Arranged by Alywn Humphreys Sung by the Burlington Welsh Male Chorus Janice Beninger, Music Director Larisa Gulenco, Accompanist

Verse 1     Choir alone in Welsh

Verse 2     Congregation All Sing Sleep, Dear Heart, and peace attend thee All through the night Guardian angels God will send thee All through the night Soft the drowsy hours are creeping Hill and dale in slumber sleeping I my loving vigil keeping All through the night

Verse 3     Congregation All Sing While the moon her watch is keeping All through the night While the weary world is sleeping All through the night O’er thy spirit gently stealing Visions of delight revealing Breathes a pure and holy feeling All through the night

Verse 4     Congregation All Sing Hark, a solemn bell is ringing Clear through the night Thou, my love, art heavenward winging Home through the night Earthly dust from off thee shaken Soul immortal shalt thou ‘waken With thy last dim journey taken Home through the night

Verse 5     Choir alone in Welsh

Prayer Spoken Sung Da Pacem by Jeffrey Enns Members of the McMaster Choirs, Rachel Rensink-Hoff, Director Text –  Da pacem, Domine, in diebus nostris. Give peace, Lord, in our time.

Reading From the Gospel of John  – Mrs. Teena Smith (Lincoln’s first cousin)

Reading From Ulysses Alfred Lord Tennyson, adapted – Dr. Peter George, President Emeritus, McMaster University

SOLO I’se Weary of Waitin’ by Duncan Young – John Fanning, Bass-Baritone, Soloist Burlington Welsh Male Chorus

Remembering Linc The Alexander Family — Keith, Erika and Marissa Alexander Colin Millar, Former Chief of Police, City of Hamilton The Honourable David Peterson, Former Premier of Ontario 


Lincoln Alexander in 1979 when he was labour minister. He arrived for a cabinet meeting on June 5 carrying an umbrella to protect his casual attire from a shower in Ottawa, Ont. (Fred Chartrand/ Canadian Press)

SONG OF INSPIRATION Here’s To Life – Jackie Richardson, Soloist Accompanied by the Hamilton All Star Jazz Band

Remembering Linc Dr. Alastair Summerlee, President of Guelph University Mr. Michael "Pinball" Clemons

Lincoln’s Favourite Hymn How Great Thou Art – McMaster Choir, McMaster Gospel Choir (directed by Kimoy Marsden), Stewart Memorial Choir

Verse 1 Candace Walkes, Soloist

Verse 2 Choirs alone

Verse 3 Jude Johnson Soloist

Chorus  Congregation, please join in singing each chorus

Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, How great Thou art, How great Thou art. Then sings my soul, My Saviour God, to Thee, How great Thou art, How great Thou art!

Celebrating Linc  – Rev. Allison Barrett

Video Tribute to Lincoln

Closing Song — Hymn to Freedom by Oscar Peterson – Jackie Richardson, Soloist Massed Choir

Final Blessing

Last Post – Christopher Cosentino, Trumpet Burlington Teen Tour Band Captain Sir William Hughes, Director of Music Robert Bennett, Managing Director

Two Minutes of Silence

Lament – Keith McGrath, Piper, Hamilton Police Pipe Band

The Presentation of the Flag and Cap Receiving the Cap – The Alexander Family Receiving the Flag – Marni Alexander

Community Blessing The 23rd Psalm – Congregation All Read in Unison

The Lord is Linc’s shepherd, He shall not want; He makes him lie down in green pastures. He leads him beside the still waters; He restores his soul. Even though he walks through The valley of the shadow of death, He fears no evil; For God is with Linc. His rod and his staff comfort him. He prepares a table before him And anoints his head with oil. His cup overflows. Surely goodness and kindness Shall follow Linc All the days of his life And he will dwell in the house of the Lord forever. Amen.


Recessional  – Keith McGrath, Piper, Hamilton Police Pipe Band

Postlude Members of the community are invited to attend a reception in the lobby of the first and second floor balconies of Hamilton Place.

The family wishes to thank all those whose time, talent, dedication and commitment have come together to pay tribute to this remarkable man, our Linc.

Honorary Pallbearers Col. Jim Hubel, Dr. Michael Romeo, Mr. Tony Dipolito, Mr. Andreas Frietag, Mr. Ardo Perri, Mr. Keith Alexander, Dr. Peter George, Mr. Richard Lacroix, Mr. David Jean, Mr. Jojo Chintoh

Pallbearers Members of the Hamilton Police Services Honour Guard

A special thank you to the men and women who have stood vigil as honour guard day and night throughout this week.