Alexander Todd Major

May 17, 2009

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Visitation:
202 W. Maple Street Willard OH 44890 5/22/2009 14:30:00

Visitation 2:
Celeryville OH 44890 5/23/2009 24:30:00

Service:
4180 SR 103 South Willard OH 44890 5/23/2009 13:30:00

Alexander Todd Major, age 28, of Aliso Viejo, CA and formerly of Willard, OH, passed away unexpectedly in Palm Springs, CA on Sunday, May 17, 2009. He was born Nov. 30, 1980 in Willard, Ohio to Dan and Karen Major. He graduated from the Willard High School in 1999 and then attended Miami University in Oxford, OH. After graduating from Miami University in 2003, he moved to Chicago, IL where he worked as an Accountant Manager for CDW-G for 4 years. He transferred with CDW-G to San Diego, CA in 2007. He recently took a new position as Regional Sales Manager for NIC Partners in Rancho Cucamongo, CA. He loved golf, Texas hold ’em, surfing, hiking and his music. He always valued his time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his parents, Dan and Karen Major of Willard, and a sister, Amanda Major of Washington, DC; beloved girlfriend, Emily Miller of Orange County, CA; grandparents, Loring & Olive Todd of Bowling Green, OH and Helen Major of Antwerp, OH; 3 uncles and an aunt, Loring (Sandy) Todd, Jr. of Custar, OH, Steve (Cathy) Todd of Cleveland, OH, Steve (Den) Major of Antwerp, OH and Janet Major of Tuscon, AZ; and numerous cousins and friends.
He is preceded in death by his grandfather, Bert Major and 3 uncles, James Todd, Jack Major and Tom Major.
Visitation will be Friday, May 22, 2009, from 2:30 to 4:30 and 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard, and from 12:30 to 1:30 P.M, on Saturday prior to the funeral service at 1:30 at the Willard Christian Reformed Church in Celeryville, OH, with Rev. Ken Gifford officiating. Burial will be at a later date at the Oak Grove Cemetery in Bowling Green, OH. Memorial contributions may be made to the Tiger Woods Foundation (tigerwoodsfoundation.org). Online condolences may be made to the family at www.secorfuneralhomes.com

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Dr. Lorraine Becker - Jun 7, 2009

Dear Mr. & Mrs. Major and Alex’s extended family and friends. While I only knew Alex a short time, he had a major impact on the Palm Springs Unfied School District. Not only did we consider him a technology partner, but he was a trouble shooter, planner and friend. He also wanted to help students and had just recently been asked to join the Board of Directors of The Pinnacle Fund, the Foundation for Palm Springs Unified. Our board is essential to developing partners to support student learning through technology and the fine arts. Alex was ready to jump in with both feet and his “can do” spirit. He will be greatly missed in our community and the entire Board of Directors join me in sending to you celebrations for the life of this extraordinary young man. Lorraine Becker, Assistant Superintendent, Palm Springs Unified School District.

Murrieta Valley Unified Technology - Jun 2, 2009

Our condolences to all of Alex’s family, friends, co-workers. We recently had the chance to see and visit with him at a district presentation. He was a pleasure to work with. He will be missed.
Ken and Cathy

Banning Unified School District - Jun 2, 2009

The loss of a friend such as Alex is very hard to comprehand and accept. Alex was more of a friend than a business associate. He was always there for us and provided answers that made business sense for us over his corporate gains. Our condolences go out to Alex’s family and friends. We will always keep him in our prayers.

Tammy Martin - Jun 1, 2009

Dan, Karen and family:
I was so shocked to hear about Alex’s sudden passing. He was definitely a great guy and had such goals for his life. It was always nice to see him at church, the greenhouse or when he would stop by the house for a quick visit. Your family has been in my thoughts and prayers and will continue to be. God bless you.
Tammy Martin

Conan Taylor - May 26, 2009

My thoughts and prayers are with those who knew and loved Alex. He was talented, thoughtful and a great person to be around. I was very sad to hear he was leaving CDW, and shocked to hear the tragic news. I hope his family can find peace and comfort knowing Alex really was a genuine, sincere, and hard working guy who cared about those around him.

- May 26, 2009

My condolences go out to Alex’s family and close friends. I was fortunate enough to know Alex well and he will be missed, but never forgotten. Alex was always there for me and he was a special person and after meeting with his family I can see where he gets it from. I am always available for the Major family and Emily if I can help ease the pain you are going through.
My thoughts and prayers are with you guys!

Dan Pretekin - May 26, 2009

My condolences go out to Alex’s family and close friends. I was fortunate enough to know Alex well and he will be missed, but never forgotten. Alex was always there for me and he was a special person and after meeting with his family I can see where he gets it from. I am always available for the Major family and Emily if I can help ease the pain you are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you guys!

Lisa Siqueira - May 26, 2009

My deepest condolences to your family and Emily- Alex was a wonderful person, and I my prayers are with you as you work through the healing process.

Adam Gilmore - May 25, 2009

Alex was my first friend. We have know each other since before we began school. We had a lot of good times together. Whether we were arguing over who was going to win the Eagles/Cowboys game, or sitting back, reminiscing about our high school or college years, we had fun. I’ll miss his smile and friendship. All the good fortune and happiness he had, he deserved. Alex, I’ll see you on the other side. Love you bud! Dan, Karen, Mandy and Emily, my deepest condolences. Adam Gilmore

Aaron Ayres - May 25, 2009

Mr and Mrs Major,
I am truly sorry for your loss and you are in my thoughts. I am fondly remembering your classes and their contribution to my personal and professional growth and want to say thanks and hope you find strength during this time.
Respectfully, Aaron Ayres

Melissa Allen - May 23, 2009

I had the good fortune of graduating from WHS with Alex. We were in several classes together from first grade through high school. He was a model student who always set the bar higher for his fellow classmates. I was a better student for his efforts and am grateful to have known him. His family and friends are in my thoughts tonight. Be well, and may you find peace.

Johanna and Dick Beebe - May 23, 2009

Karen and Dan we are so sorry to hear of Alex’s passing. You are in our prayers as you pass through this grieving period. I was so happy to hear of the love of music Alex continued to have in his life. In 6th grade he always guided me to what was good in the music world at that time.
With sympathy, Johanna and Dick Beebe

Paul Gase - May 23, 2009

Dan, Karen, Mandy and Emily,
Alex will be deeply missed. His 28 years were way too quick and brief. However, if the measure of our lives is our passion for life and the love of those who surround us, few of us will ever live as well as he did. Take care, we all loved Alex and we all love you.

Becky Lutz - May 23, 2009

Mr. and Mrs. Major, Mandy and Emily,
I was shocked when I heard the news about Alex. It is so hard to lose a loved one so young in age. Ive known Alex since middle school and he was always a hoot to be around! It sounds like he enjoyed life and made the most out of it, and was always surrouned by great people. He set a great example for all of us to follow, and as aparent here, he will not be forgotten by those who met him. You’re in my thoughts…my deepest sympathy-Becky

Fatima Howard - May 23, 2009

Dear Mr and Mrs Major, family and friends,
On behalf of the HP team, please accept our deepest condelences for the loss of your son, brother and friend. Alex was the partner I could trust to be professional, to follow through and to build long-lasting relationships. Alex made it easy and fun to work with him. Alex was a wonderful person who will be missed greatly! It was my pleasure and honor to have met Alex.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you!

Josh Derryberry - May 23, 2009

To all of Alex’s family, please accept my condolences regarding your loss. I met Alex my freshman year at Miami, and we shared many great memories throughout college. I saw him at Greg’s wedding, and his wit and humor only made the experience that much better. Your family will remain in my prayers. Deepest regards, Josh

Carol Bannworth - May 23, 2009

To the Major Family.. I’m so very sorry to hear about the loss of Alex. I remember him so well from Willard Christian Day Care. He was the cutest little guy and had that big smile. We can’t understand why he was taken so young, only God knows that. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this difficult time. May God comfort you, Carol Bannworth

Tim and Sandy Gilmore - May 23, 2009

Dan, Karen, Mandy, and Emily, Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Memories of Alex and his award winning smile will always be with us. Sara and I were talking about how difficult Alex’s death is for us because it is “our family”. We all “grew up” together and shared wonderful times together. Our children are the nucleus in our family and I pray that God gives you all strength in the time. Celebrate the great life that Alex had and all that he gave to this world. Love, The Gilmores

Andy DeVene - May 22, 2009

It wasn’t that long ago when we were having the time of our lives. Whether it was building yet another tree house, or putting on a western for our family and friends. Whatever path our lives have taken from those carefree days and no matter how far apart we are, I will cherish every memory of my great friend Alex. Andy DeVene

Brent Bush - May 22, 2009

Dan, Karen, Amanda, and Emily. Thank you for sharing your beloved Alex with all of us. Although we all miss him terribly and the pain seems so unbearable, take comfort in knowing that Alex was a man of great character, integrity, and ambition. He enriched our lives in a way that no one else could, and we’ve all become better citizens because of his angel-like touch. The presence of his memory will always make our hearts smile and brighten-up our darkest days. He often talked about his love for his family, how his parents were his biggest influence and inspiration, and how much he loved sitting next to his dad playing poker. Dan, he embodied your character and charisma. Karen, he carried your beauty and Grace. Amanda, he reflects your style and Poise. And Emily, he loved you with so much passion, it is unmatched or unequaled. We pray that all of his friends and family will have strength and comfort through compassionate healing. Alex “my brotha”, I miss you man. It has been a pleasure and an honor to work side-by-side with you the past few years. Beyond being your mentor in your last sales position, we became great friends. We spent a lot of days and nights together and I will forever cherish those times. Whether it was working on various bid projects, having a brainstorming session, or just goofing-off and sharing lots of laughs, we always parted-ways with that “handshake”, hug, a and smile. You matured into a steady, thoughtful and insightful visionary who left a lasting impact through all that you have touched. You “passed the test my brotha”! You’ve made us all better, and we are forever indebted to your generosity. Thank you for sprinkling so much love in our hearts. Vegas will never be the same, my golf game still stinks, and you’ll always be a better poker player, but I love you anyway brotha! Rest in peace, you deserve it.

Timmy Hanrahan - May 22, 2009

Any death is tragic, and to lose someone so full of life makes it that much harder. My deepest sympathies and condolences go out to the Major Family, Emily, and those close to him. Alex was always someone that Everyone I know wanted to be around. That random chance put us together on the same day, at the same company, I consider myself truly lucky. He will be greatly missed. Sincerely, Timmy Hanrahan.
“They still live in our hearts, In the happiness we knew, in the dreams we shared.”

Megan Staton - May 22, 2009

My deepest sympathy to the Major family and Emily over the loss of Alex. He was an amazing man with a smile always on his face and the ability to make you laugh at any moment. He will be missed dearly by many. I hope that we find strength in the knowledge that in his short time Alex loved life and lived it to the fullest; impacting each of us along the way. I truly am grateful for the times we shared and will cherish them forever. My condolences, Megan Staton

Chad Epting - May 22, 2009

Alex was a great friend and a true saint to all of us. You couldn’t have asked for a better friend to have during the good and bad times. I will always remember the impact he had on my life as well as many others. He was and will continue to be a role model for all of us. My prayers go out to the Major family during this time of great sorrow. Alex, we’ll miss you and we love you buddy.

Mike Terpinski - May 22, 2009

Dan, Karen, & Mandy,
I am so sorry to hear of Alex’s passing. He was a terrfic young man. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
With sympathy,
Mike Terpinski

Rich Adams - May 22, 2009

Dan, Karen, Mandy and Emily-
My deepest condolences go out to you during this difficult time. Gravitate- that is the word in which I can best describe Alex. People wanted to be around Alex because of his character, integrity, great personality and super smile. Alex- I’m going to miss you partner, whether it was shooting a round of golf, watching a ballgame or sitting side by side at a poker table together, you are going to be missed by me and all the people who had the fortunate privilege to know you.
Rest in peace.
Rich Adams

Bob Gospodarek - May 22, 2009

Mr. and Mrs. Major, I am deeply sorry to hear of Alex’s passing. He was a great young man and a good friend growing up. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

Mike & Diana Steinmetz - May 21, 2009

Coach and Mrs Major,
Diana and I our so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and all of your loved ones during this very difficult time.

Courtney (Kennard) Carnahan - May 21, 2009

Dan, Karen & Mandy,
Our hearts go out to you during this difficult time. Alex was definitely a role model for many over the years. He was a wonderful student and great person. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Jay Carlile - May 21, 2009

Major (Alex) was one of the most genuine guys I’ve ever met. I don’t know anyone that didn’t enjoy being around him. I got to know him well here at CDW and was also a classmate of his at Miami. Many amazing memories were shared with Alex. He’ll never be forgotten. I’ll miss ya buddy. -JC

Alisa dePedro - May 21, 2009

Alex took over my position as field rep in San Diego when I was moving back to Chicago. There is no one else I would have trusted to take care of the relationships and customers I built over my time out there. He was wonderful to work with. He was an exceptionally bright and talented man, and I have the utmost respect for him. I remember fondly driving him around his new home and introducing him to the new life he would lead. It is an awful moment when someone so young, talented, and vibrant leaves us. My thoughts are with his family.

Kasey (Worcester) Hagemyer - May 21, 2009

Alex was such a good person…and a great friend. His life has touched us all and he will be missed by many.
In my thoughts and prayers,
Kasey Worcester Hagemyer

Brian Pretekin - May 21, 2009

My thoughts and prayers go out ot the Major Family and his beloved girlfriend Emily. Alex had such a positive outlook on life which rubbed off on everyone around him. He was the best friend a guy could ask for, truly a ‘guys guy’ and as loyal as they come. I’ll never forget the great times we shared. Love ya bro!

Curtis Bouman - May 21, 2009

Alex will always be remembered. He always had a smile ear to ear. He will be missed.
God Bless,
Curtis

Jack and Rosalind Harrison - May 21, 2009

Mr.and Mrs.Major, We are deeply saddened by your loss. Although we had only a short time to know Alex, he had a tremendous impact on both of us. We are very thankful for his friendship and for the enrichment he brought to our lives in is brief stay on this earth. His passing is a tremendous loss for many and he will be missed.
Alex, rest in peace and well done young man!
Jack & Rosalind Harrison

Bill Pfefferle - May 21, 2009

Dan, Karen and Mandy,
Our thought and prayers are with you at this time. One of the memories I have of Alex is when he was about 9 or 10 years old and he wanted to put a sign up to wash clubs and carts at the golf course. I never had a kid that young willing to start up his own little business. I know he is probably practicing his putting in heaven right now. May god bless you guys through this difficult time.
Bill,Sue,Brooke & Ryan Pfefferle

Dawn (Lewis) Nienow and family - May 21, 2009

Dan, Karen & Mandy,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So very sorry for your loss. I pray that God gives you the strength you need to endure this overwhelming loss. With Love, The Nienows

Jon Rumore - May 21, 2009

To Alex’s family and friends,
My heart is saddened by your tragic loss. In the short time that I had the pleasure of knowing Alex, it was apparent that he was a person of excellent character. He always had other’s best interests in mind in everything that he did. He was a consummate professional in every way. I consider myself lucky for knowing him. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you in this difficult time. He will be greatly missed.
God bless!

hargus and gracie dials - May 21, 2009

Dan and Karen, you have touched all four of childrens lives, most especialy Justin. We are so sorry for your loss. Alex was a very nice and respectful young man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the Lord be with you all during this most difficult time. Love and Peace, Hargus and Gracie Dials

Todd Slosar - May 21, 2009

Karen (and family) I was saddened to hear about your loss from Robert Todd, Jr. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love from your cousin, Todd.

Tammy Lewis and Family - May 21, 2009

Karen, Dan & Family..
We are thinking of you in this time of sorrow and pray God will Comfort you in your loss.

Mike & Donna Hutchison - May 21, 2009

We just wanted you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with your family during this very difficult time.
Love you all
Mike & Donna Hutchison

Jeff Greenlee - May 21, 2009

Family and Friends of Alex,
I was lucky enough to meet and work with Alex when he moved to San Diego several years ago. What a great guy! Always fun to work with and always had a smile on his face. More importantly, he showed tremendous integrity in all he did. Alex was one of those unique individuals that everyone just loved to be around. I am deeply sorry for your loss.
Sincerely,
Jeff Greenlee

Ann Cruz - May 20, 2009

We will greatly miss Alex and his tender, fun, sweet spirit. It is truly a privilege to have had him as a friend. Our deepest condolences to the Major family, Emily, and all of his friends.

Carter and Lisa Genson - May 20, 2009

We are all deeply saddened by the loss of Alex. He was such a bright star and special person. It was always so clear how much he enjoyed being with his family. He could light up the whole room with his charm. May you cherish the times you had with him as he was truly a blessing. Our hearts goes out to all of you and will keep you in our prayers during this difficult time. With love-

Jolynn Ware - May 20, 2009

Dear Dan, Karen, and Mandy,
I was so saddened to hear about Alex. Alex was one of those people who left a wonderful memory in one’s heart. Besides being very intelligent, I will always remember his sense of humor, his willingness to offer help to others, and his smile that could always brighten a day.
He will be held dear in many of hearts.
My prayers to you and his whole circle of family and friends. With fondest memories, Jolynn

Kirk Holthouse - May 20, 2009

Dan and Karen,,so sorry to hear this news. Take heart in knowing you raised a great son who obviously touched many lives. He did his mom and dad proud!! I will never forget him working around our house and greenhouse that summer 7-8 years ago. His work ethic really stood out to me. I’m really glad I got the chance to know him better. Nice kid,,,,nice family,,,,,another angel with the Good Lord above.

Mandi Frye Mahoney - May 20, 2009

My deepest sympathy to Mr. & Mrs. Major & Mandy. I’m so sorry to hear of Alex’s tragic passing. You and your family & friends are in my prayers.

Aunt Vyki - May 20, 2009

Dear Family and Friends of Alex Major,
It is with deep sadness I write to express my condolences.
He made everyone’s life better.
With love for Alex,
a Joyous Angel in GOD’S Kingdom!
He will have great adventures on the Otherside with his Uncle Jim!

Cynthia Branham - May 20, 2009

To the Major family,
Please accept our condolences on the passing of Alex. Please know that others care and are with you in thought and prayer. May the love of God ease your pain.
Cynthia, Dennis, and Jennifer Branham
Summertown, Tennessee

Michelle Joyce - May 20, 2009

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time. I had the pleasure of working with Alex when he moved out to San Diego a couple years ago for his new field position at CDW. He was one if the hardest workers I had ever met and was wonderful to work with. We were such a great team and I will miss him greatly. With Love, Michelle Joyce

Abby Holan - May 20, 2009

Mr. and Mrs. Major,
I am so deeply sorry for the passing of Alex. I know that your children are your pride and joy and you did such an excellent job molding them into wonderful people. Alex was one of my closest friends growing up. There are not too many of my childhood memories that don’t have Alex in them – from 1st grade all the way to Miami University. My heart is breaking for you and everyone he touched in his short life. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Missy Eaton - May 20, 2009

Dan, Karen, and Mandy, So very sorry to hear of the tragic loss of Alex. My heart and prayers go out to you. May one day you find comfort in reading the many words of the caring and loving thoughts sent to you and the beautiful memories of one so young who touched so many with his contagious smile and by just being Alex.

Jen (Meeker) & Steve Bradley - May 20, 2009

We are so saddened to hear that Alex is no longer with us here on Earth. Alex was such an amazing person and had such an adventurous attitude toward life. We have so many fond memories of Alex – out and about at Miami, listening to music on the long car rides to and from CDW, so many fun times in Chicago – and those wonderful memories will stay with us forever. He will be missed greatly.
Deepest Regards,
Jen & Steve Bradley

Lori Harrison - May 20, 2009

The Major family and Emily Miller are in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. I had the extreme privilege of having Alex in my life and as a close friend for the last year and a half. I was one of his first friends in San Diego, and he fit in perfectly with all of my friends, and he was one of us in a matter of an introduction. He was one of those guys who always put a smile on my face, always knew what to say when to say it, and just an overall great, respectable, genuine, and amazing gentleman. Dan and Karen, you two did an amazing job raising Alex as you can tell from the man he had become. His life was tragically taken way too early and he will be greatly missed by my family! I don’t know who my husband is going to call for all those late night poker runs…… but one of the guys will take the WSOP trophy in your honor in June!!! We will miss you sweetheart!!! LOVE YA

jerry and nancy kramer - May 20, 2009

We are praying for you and your family during this difficult time. We will dearly miss Alex. We are glad that we have such fond memories of him and his time with us and the Fraternity family.

Ashley, John and Ian Ferguson - May 20, 2009

Dan, Karen and Mandy, We are so sorry for your loss. Alex was a wonderful person who we dearly loved. We will never forget all of the wonderful memories we have from all of our fraturnity family get togethers. Your family is in our prayers! Alex, we love you and miss you dearly!

Stefan Christman - May 20, 2009

My deepest condolences go out to the Major family and all of his friends and colleagues. Alex was my college roommate our freshman and sophomore years at Miami University. I had the honor of meeting him my junior year of high school. He is a part of every memory I have from those years, he was my best friend. We shared so many laughs and stories together. Reading the other notes people have left is wonderful evidence of how great of a person he was and how many people’s lives he touched. He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. Alex, thank you for everything. Love you man.

Dwight and Kim Slessman - May 20, 2009

Coach and Karen,
We were so sorry to hear of the loss of your son who has obviously graciously touched so many people. Our prayers are with you.
Dwight and Kim Slessman
Greenville, SC

Elaine Helm - May 20, 2009

Deepest sympathy to Mr. & Mrs. Major & Mandy, Emily, family and friends. I had the privilege of working with Alex while he was at CDW and here at NIC Partners. He touched all of our lives with his kindness, intelligence and loving spirit. He is truly missed by all. May God Bless and carry you through now and always. You are in my Prayers. Elaine Helm

Silvia Lopez - May 20, 2009

Our hearts are sadden hear in Rancho Cucamonga.Some coworkers had the privilege of already knowing Alex and some of us were getting to know him. When first meeting Alex you couldn’t help to notice his professionalism, kindness, and thoughtfulness of other people. One could definitely see he was a man of “Good Character”. We will not focus on the short time we had with him here at NICP but instead we will count it a privilege and blessing to have been able to share some time with him. Our thoughts and prayers are with The Major Family, may you also find comfort in knowing what a great son you raised and how many lives he touched with his kindness. With deepest sympathy,NICP Friends

Beth Noe June - May 20, 2009

Dearest Karen, Dan and family. Words cannot express the sadness I feel after seeing that Alex has passed away. I cannot fathom your grief and loss. From your annual holiday letters, I feel that I know Alex — and I certainly do know how special he is to you. You have our deepest sympathy as well as our prayers and thoughts. God bless all of you….and may God welcome Alex with open arms into heaven.
Love, Ron and Beth Noe June

Jess & Debbie Hays - May 20, 2009

Dan, Karen, and Mandy,
We are deeply saddened for your loss and the loss of everyone that knew and loved Alex. He was a fine young man and who exemplified all that was good and caring. He positively touched many lives during his short time with us as evidenced by other comments on this page, which is a testament to each of you as well. We feel honored to have loved and been a part of this wonderful young man’s life as part of his extended Theta Chi Fraternity family. Our healing thoughts and prayers go out to you with the knowledge that slowly, over time, the joy he brought to you and so many others will replace the sadness we all feel now and open the door for peace to once again return to your hearts.
Jess & Debbie

Rhoda McShane Becher - May 20, 2009

Dear Dan (and family),
I was so shocked and saddened to learn, from Mary Jo, of your son’s untimely death.
Please accept my sincere sympathy and condolences during this very sad time. I will keep you in my prayers.
Rhoda

Erica Messenger - May 20, 2009

Dan, Karen, and Mandy,
I am so sorry for your loss. I was just thinking of Alex Sunday night as I was addressing Nick’s graduation invitations. I thought about what a kick he would get out of Nick’s accomplishments and how he was always so sweet and loving to my boys, especially. He had a unique ability to make you feel welcomed and like a lifelong friend – even if you hadn’t seen him in ages. Within minutes you were all caught up and felt like no time had passed at all! He was an AMAZING person and you can take great comfort in the fact that dad will welcome him with open arms and keep him “entertained” (I can only imagine the trouble they could get into) until we can all see them again. I hope you will continue to feel his presence as I feel dad’s every single day. The best advice I got was this: Never feel sorry for him. He’s fine. He’s safe and happy. But it’s ok to feel sorry for us because we will miss him. But know that he isn’t really gone… he’s just momentarily away. It’s like he’s just in the other room. Dad always said it and it’s just the truth: “Everything’s gonna be alright.” We love you and we’ll see you soon.
Erica, Nick, and Thomas Messenger

Conor Mulkeen - May 20, 2009

My thoughts and prayers are with the Major family. Alex was a great friend to everyone who knew him, and he’ll be greatly missed. I was lucky enough to live with him during his Chicago days. Just as he did back then, I bet he’s up there in heaven teaching a few people how to play poker. God bless you, Maj, we all love you.
Conor

Christine Streifel - May 20, 2009

Dan, Karen, Amanda, Emily and all those who were blessed by knowing Alex…
Words can’t express the sympathy I feel. When I took over a new territory at HP the old account manager told me I would LOVE my CDWG rep, Alex. Little did I know that in just a year and a half he would become such a big part of my life. Our tremendous work achievements were based on honesty, trust and always doing the right thing for the schools. Over the months we worked together it was not unusual to hear from customers, “We love Alex”. Trust me, this is not the norm but evidence of the truly remarkable person he was. I loved him like a little brother. Our numerous “work” lunches and dinners quickly shifted from computers to long deep conversations about values, family, love, life, health, hopes, dreams, spirituality and some not so deep conversations about gadgets, yoga, surfing, biking and hiking. Alex had a gift for disarming you with his gentle nature and sweet smile. His friendship was unconditional and allowed me to be candid and open in a way that doesn’t come natural. He openly shared his feelings and was one of the most honest and genuine people I have ever met. Emily told me Sunday night in the car that she could be 100% herself with him. I understand that completely and think we were all blessed to receive that gift. I know without a doubt that the strength of the past few days has come from God and Alex. I KNOW Alex is an Angel looking over us all right now with unconditional love. Rest in Peace my friend, when the sun sets behind that mountain I will always think of you.

Graham Reinhardt - May 20, 2009

My condolences. I was blessed to spend quite some time with Alex at Miami and as a roommate in Chicago for several years. Throughout those great times Alex was always full of positive energy and made everyone around him a better person. He could make anyone laugh at anytime during any circumstance. I will always love and miss my good friend Alex, a class-act all the way.

Caitlin Richey - May 20, 2009

Your family is in my prayers. I pray God will give you grace and strength through this time. With Sympathy, Caitlin Richey

Peggy Opatken - May 20, 2009

Dear Dan, Karen, and Mandy, as well as Emily,
I am saddened about the news about Alex. I heard so many great stories about him. I have only lived in Willard for 9 years, but am so impressed with your family. Dan, you were a great boss, and Karen, you are a fantastic caring teacher whom my boys loved. Mandy, just in our phone conversation Monday night, you showed so much compassion and poise. Emily, I know you and Alex were so close and I am sure you are a super young lady. My thoughts and prayers , as well as my family’s prayers, are with all of you. Alex added so much in his short life. May you treasure all your memories and know that someday you will understand the mystery of his untimely death–he is with you and you will see him again. May God’s peace be with you in time.

Joe & Jane Tomlinson - May 20, 2009

Our deepest condolences to the Major family for this untimely loss. As has been said many times, Alex was a great guy who touched the lives of everyone he had met. We will remember Alex for the great deal of energy and zest for life he had. Our thoughts are with all of Alex’s friends and family during this difficult time.

Susan Holliday - May 20, 2009

Kind, caring, full of energy is what comes to mind when I remember Alex. I had the wonderful chance of working with Alex for only a few years but he left a lasting impression. My deepest sympathy and prayers go out to you during this heartbreaking time. Sincerely, Susan

Laurie (Turner) Adkins - May 20, 2009

Dan, Karen, and Mandy
Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. It is a tragedy to have lost Alex at such a young age, but those who knew him were touched by his life. My deepest sympathy.
Laurie Turner Adkins

Lavender (Ayres) Krupp - May 20, 2009

Mr. and Mrs. Major, Mandy, and Emily, my prayers pour out to you. Alex was a wonderful young man and a true blessing to have known. May God keep you close at this time. Sincerely, Lavender (Ayres) Krupp

Kathy Drachman - May 20, 2009

To the Major family, Emily and all those who knew Alex, this is a tremendous loss to process. I have known Alex through our working relationship for over 4 years and over the course of that time formed a very strong friendship as well. Alex was genuine, and honest and such a gentle soul. He will be greatly missed by everyone who had the chance to know him.

Maria Ingram - May 20, 2009

I worked with Alex every week for the entire time he was in So. Cal. I met him when he first arrived at a beatiful ocean view spot in Laguna. i was there yesterday and thought of that meeting. On behalf of his friends at Cisco, we are in shock and so sad of his un-timely passing. We are not yet processing the tragedy. I keep telling everyone that whenever we had an issue about an account and Alex was frustrated with me, he would call and leave me a message telling me to call him right away and he was not happy and we had to deal with it.. I would call and I would say “Hi Alex, it’s Maria” He would say “Hey Maria, What’s up” in that way, he he had in saying those words…. I would say, “You’re upset with me and….” He would then say “oh, don’t worry about it.. I’m fine” and we would have a great conversation.. I smile and laugh every time I think about that.. He will be missed by me, personally and our entire Cisco Team..

Mike and Melodie Adelman - May 20, 2009

Dan ,Karen, Mandy, & Emily,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all . Alex was a fun student and always had a smile for us all and made us feel good. May God help you all thru this difficult time. Love and prayers to you all. Mike, Melodie Adelman and families.

Joy Burke - May 20, 2009

It was always so inspiring, so comforting to see the abundant love Alex and Emily shared. We are all so blessed to have known such a loving man. My thoughts, love, and prayers to his family, friends, and Emily. With the deepest of sympathy, Joy

Jerry/Gloria Welling - May 20, 2009

Dan and Karen,
Our heartfelt condolences are with you. While I am still in Hong Kong I will not be able to visit with you in this time of grief. Our prayer will certainly be with you and your family.
Regards,
Jerry and Gloria Welling

Ron and Cheryl Farnsworth - May 20, 2009

You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this most difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Gale & Lisa jordan - May 20, 2009

Dan & Karen,
Lisa and I are Deeply sorrowed at your Loss!!! I feel Real Bad and you guys losing Todd. Terry and I talked about it Tues. I’m sorry that I can’t be there for you, I cannot get away form work. Tieing up loose ends since the year is now done. Hope to see ya later on!!
If theirs anything you Dan & Karen, let me know, That’s what Class mates are FOR!!!!!
Love You Guys!
Gale & Lisa.

Shona Cerami - May 20, 2009

To Alex’s family and friends ~ There are no words to express the sadness and great loss. It has been my great pleasure and honor to have worked with Alex for the past two years. He was such a phenomenal young man and I have learned so much from him. Top notch in every way and anyone that knew him was a better person for it. Mr & Mrs Major, Mandy & Emily – you are all in my prayers. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful person with us all…he is missed so much! God Bless.

Liz White - May 19, 2009

Your family is in my thoughts and prayers at this very difficult time. I had the privilege of working with him at CDW. He was also so thoughtful and professional. He will be greatly missed.
With deepest sympathy,
Liz White

David Cumbow - May 19, 2009

My condolences go out to everyone that is affected by the loss of such a great person. I not only was able to have Alex as a great resource for our district, but I was able to have him as a friend. I’ll never forget the many nights we spent sitting around the Blackjack table having a good ol’ time. I’ll miss you Alex. Love ya bro.

Mike Schlossberg - May 19, 2009

My deepest condolences go out the Major family.
Alex was one of the best friends anybody could ever ask for. I’ll always remember the times we had together as some of the best times in my life. I am going to miss him so much. He was truly one of the best guys I’ve ever known. Take care Maj, I love you buddy.

Ken and Cyndi Shoup and family - May 19, 2009

Dan, Karen, and Mandy
Our hearts are breaking for all of you. Alex was a wonderful young man. May God wrap you in his loving arms and help you all through this very difficult time. Our prayers and thoughts are with you. Love, Ken, Cyndi,Brian, Alicia, Kendra and Craig Shoup

Steve Thornton - May 19, 2009

My condolences to the loving family and friends of Alex and to the many many other people he touched. Alex’s passing is the unspeakably tragic loss of an incredible young man.
Alex was an active and faithful member of the Menifee USD Tech Plan Development Committee and worked for many months with me to develop the current Menifee USD Technology Plan. He was also an extremely intelligent, honest, hard-working, accessible, and unassuming professional that we counted on regularly.

Alex spoke many times about his girlfriend in Ohio of several years and how he couldn’t wait for her to finish college, join him on the West Coast and begin their life together. Emily finally moved out here some months ago and we were all so happy for both of them.
Just two weeks ago he announced the difficult decision to leave CDW/G for a new employer that offered him a sales management position with a larger territory and an excellent package. Many of my colleagues in the tech biz were as surprised and saddened as I that our relationship with Alex as our reliable CDW/G rep was coming to a close. At the same time we were also very excited for him in his new endeavors.

Alex was an amazing guy and a superb human being. I am among so many others who will miss him greatly.

Greg and Marilyn Sands - May 19, 2009

Alex was as beautiful on the inside as he was on the outside. His quick wit, radiant smile and ability to fit in with any age group made him at home anywhere. However, his true home was with his parents, sister, Mandy and girlfriend,Emily. All of us who knew him and loved him were better for it. May God keep his family and friends in His care. May God Bless you Alex as we all love and miss you.

Carolyn and Chris Normant - May 19, 2009

Alex touched the lives of many and we consider ourselves lucky to have been some of those who knew him. His caring and loving personality will be missed and remembered fondly in our hearts. Our thoughts are with his family in this time of loss.

Grace Firmansjah - May 19, 2009

My deepest condolences to Alex Major’s family and friends. I met Major through emily and he was such a sweetheart and a great person. This tragic accident is such a great lost. I hope that his family, friends and emily stay strong and brave in this such difficult of time. He will always be missed and loved deep in our hearts.