By Beau Yarbrough | byarbrough@scng.com | Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Published: February 16, 2019 at 10:45 pm | Updated: February 16, 2019 at 10:45 pm

Fifty years after he and his family arrived, Rancho Cucamonga said farewell to former mayor William “Bill” Alexander.

Alexander, 75, died Jan. 25 due to complications during surgery.

“He had an incredible heart and an incredible gift of giving back to others,” Mayor Dennis Michael told those assembled at a memorial service at Abundant Living Family Church on Saturday, Feb. 16. “His lifetime was a lifetime of service.”

Alexander’s family moved to the region that would become Rancho Cucamonga in 1969. In 1977, when residents voted to incorporate it, he participated in the meetings that helped name the new city, according to family members.

In 1988, he was elected to the Rancho Cucamonga City Council and, in 1994, was elected mayor, a position he held until the 2006 election. Alexander returned as a council member in 2010, serving two more terms before stepping down in December.

Before his retirement, Alexander worked as a firefighter, captain and arson investigator for the city of Ontario. He went on to spend 11 years on the Foothill Fire Protection Board.

“He was a person who was always concerned about our senior citizen population and always was their champion,” Michael said. “He was also committed to helping those who fell on tough times. Truly a caring, compassionate man.”

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