Born and raised by a loving family in Brooklyn, he was a true New York character through and through. He loved life, his family, in fact he loved everyone – for him the glass was always half full and he wanted those around him to share that belief. With a positive and optimistic attitude, a sharp mind and a larger than life passionate personality, he persevered in life. He worked hard and played hard – touched many lives and made many good friends. His daughter Susan was the apple of his eye and the feeling was mutual. He could/want to talk and joke with anyone and everyone – he was extremely funny and was an excellent storyteller. His passions in life were doing business, playing with ponies, riding them too (he was a skilled equestrian) and just making people smile. He was also a fabulous host and loved to entertain. He was an excellent salesman and spent much of his career selling home improvements (he was an early Tin Men), mortgages, meat and seafood, among other things. He was an Army veteran, business owner, sales manager, entrepreneur, and talented motivator. He loved the racetrack and spent countless hours at New York tracks and county tracks. In his 40s he moved to Minnesota where he fulfilled his lifelong dream – he purchased a horse farm in Maple Plain where he resided, bred, bred, pensioned and rode horses. He raced horses at Canterbury Downs Racecourse in Shakopee – being around his horses and watching them race was his joy of life.
The world was a brighter place with Bert, as he never failed to try to please anyone – whether with a joke, a compliment, tipping more than expected, or just chatting. It felt good to make others feel good.
Bert is predeceased by his beloved parents Bessie and Samuel Alexander and his sister Yvette (Marty) Selig. Bert is forever loved, mourned and remembered by his daughter Susan (Todd) Gurstel, his son Jeffrey Alexander, his granddaughters Isabella (Guy) Ben-Hanan, Talia Gurstel, his step-grandson Jacob Fryer, his great-granddaughter -daughter Esti Ben-Hanan and her sister Andrea (Gérard) Haft. Bert also leaves behind many nieces, nephews (especially Bruce and Elaine Selig to whom he was particularly close), cousins and friends whom he loved very much.
Our family is deeply grateful to the staff at Meadow Ridge Senior Living, Sholom Home Hospice, Abbott and North Memorial Hospitals, caretaker Mark Frankel and friends who visited and called – each of them made Berts happy and comfortable these last years.
Funeral services will be held at Woodbridge, New Jersey Cemetery on Tuesday at 2 p.m. EST
Shiva: Wednesday, February 23, 2022 via zoom from Arizona 5:30 p.m. MST, contact [email protected]Donations can be made to: ReRun Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide rehabilitation, retraining and repatriation care to Thoroughbreds after their racing and breeding careers are over.
Published by Legacy on February 20, 2022.