Michael I. Alexander

Michael I. Alexander, also known as “Big Mike,” was born Nov 15, 1955, and passed away peacefully at his home in Saranac Lake, surrounded by his family and friends, early on the morning of Nov. 22, 2017.

Michael’s love for basketball was larger than life, so much that back home in the Bronx, his friends referred to him as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. As a matter of fact, he signed his name as “Jabbar.” When Michael was younger, he took the time to teach underprivileged children the game of basketball. Michael could often be found at the local park playing basketball with the village police and anyone willing to play or just shoot hoops. Even as his health was declining, the local men’s basketball team wanted him on the team.

Bowling at Romano’s was another sport you could often find Michael playing when he wasn’t on the basketball court, sometimes even playing 35 games a day.

Michael had a unique way of expressing himself through art and music. He had a voice you could hear a mile away, and more often than not you could hear him singing “My Girl.”

Michael was predeceased by his mother Mildred Alexander, his father Willie Clay and two brothers, Richie Alexander and Edward Alexander.

Michael is survived by two sisters Debra Hill and Mildred Davis, and many nieces and nephews. Michael is also survived by many close friends with in the local community.

Calling hours will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 29 at the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A memorial service will immediately follow at 5 p.m. at the funeral home.

Friends wishing to remember Michael may make memorial contributions to the Saranac Lake Youth Basketball program in care of Fortune-Keough Funeral Home.