NELSON Mandela Bay World War 2 veteran Emanuel “Manny” Alexander died on Sunday.
Alexander, 92, who moved to Port Elizabeth from London in 1929, was a pupil at Grey High School and an annual feature at the school’s war commemorations.
He travelled to South Africa by ship, aboard which was former South African prime minister Jan Smuts.
Alexander was forced to leave school when war broke out and joined South African soldiers in the North African campaign.
He was taken prisoner at the fall of Tobruk on his 21st birthday on June 21 1942.
After returning from the war, he started a sales company, E Alexander and Co manufacturer representatives, in Baakens Street.
He married Gertrude in December 1953 and lived in Summerstrand, where they raised their sons Michael, now 57, and Colin, 56.
Peter, their youngest son, died in 1975, aged 14. Gertrude died in 2001.
Alexander was well known in the city as a member of the SA Jewish Ex-Service League and a former president of the SA Commercial Travellers’ Association.
He was a keen rock and surf angler and held a number of fishing records.
Colin described his father as a wonderful man who was full of life and amazing stories.
“He played an active role in the community and Port Elizabeth as a whole,” he said.
Alexander is survived by Michael and Colin, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
His funeral is tomorrow at the Tahara House synagogue at 3pm. – Zandile Mbabela