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Alexander Baxter Wight

Born: Tue., May 29, 1934
Died: Sat., Jan. 2, 2016


Memorial Mass

2:00 PM Fri., Jan. 15, 2016
Location: Holy Name Catholic Church


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A memorial Mass will be held for Alex Wight, 81, of Coquille at 2:00 P.M, Friday, January 15 at Holy Name Catholic Church, 50 S. Dean Street, in Coquille.  Interment will be at Myrtle Crest Memorial Gardens, 94105 Rink Creek Lane, Coquille.

Alex was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on May 29, 1934, to Alexander Nobel Wight and Christina Wight.  He had one sister, Wanda Christine Wight of Cambridge, England, who preceded him in death.

At the age of two Alex’s family moved to England.  It was during the II World War that Alex and his sister were moved from their home in London to Healm Wic School, a boarding school in the village of Blewbury, 50 miles west of London.  They were there

from 1942 until 1952.

In 1962 Alex was working for a firm of architects in London.  An opportunity to work at

the firm’s office in Nigeria was too good for him to turn down.  It was in 1966 in Lagos, Nigeria, where Alex met his future wife, Sheila Courtney.  Sheila was from the Los Angeles area and had gone to Nigeria as a volunteer with the Catholic Lay Mission-Helper Association and was working as a secretary at Holy Rosary Hospital in Emekuku, Eastern Nigeria.  In 1968, Sheila returned to California and Alex followed three months later.  They were married on October 5, 1968, at the Church of the Beatitudes in La Mirada, California and returned to Nigeria a month later.  Heather was born a year later in Lagos, Nigeria.  They moved to South Africa in 1970 and then on to Swaziland in 1971 where David was born. 

Now with two little ones, Alex and Sheila decided it was time to settle down. Sheila’s parents, John and Minnie Courtney, had recently moved to Oregon from the Los Angeles area.  Oregon sounded like a very good place to raise their family.  So they packed up and arrived in Coquille in the summer of 1973.  They had two more children, Kirstie and Allison who were both born in Coquille. 

Alex will be remembered as a devoted and very loving father and husband who in his younger days loved to play tennis.  Later on when he retired, Alex kept busy with a little business he started called Alex’s Goodies.  He enjoyed baking, which was a surprise to everyone, and sold his delicious cookies and pies online and in Bandon. 

Alex is survived by his wife Sheila, children Heather Gerwin of Hillsboro, David Wight of Coquille, Kirstie Rall of Portland, OR and Allison Azama of Sacramento, CA and grandsons, Sam Gerwin, and Harrison and Jackson Azama.

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Rick and Linda Rochon
   Posted Sat January 09, 2016
We were so sorry to hear of your loss, but very blessed hearing his conversion story. God Bless you all. You are all in our prayers. Eternal Rest grant unto him oh Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him, may his soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace. I'm planning on being there Friday, let me know if you need anything. Love and God Bless you,
Rick and Linda Rochon

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