Archive for 'Obituaries'

William F. Smith, local historian and banker, dead at 91

William F. Smith, local historian and banker, dead at 91

By Chris Teale (Courtesy photo) William F. Smith, a historian and photographer who co-authored the book “A Seaport Saga: Portrait of Old Alexandria, Virginia” and was involved in several organizations around the city, died on November [...]

Desi Day, former executive director of city boys and girls club, dead at 67

Desi Day, former executive director of city boys and girls club, dead at 67

By Chris Teale (Courtesy photo) He was the longtime executive director of the Greater Washington, Alexandria-Olympic Boys and Girls Club for decades, and an advocate for youth across Alexandria. Desi Day died on November 11 in [...]

Robert Wineland, Alexandria pediatrician, dead at 91

Robert Wineland, Alexandria pediatrician, dead at 91

By Chris Teale (Courtesy photo) He fought in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II, then spent 45 years as a pediatrician in the Alexandria area. Robert Kenneth Wineland, known as “Dr. Bob,” died [...]

Yves’ Bistro owner Yves Courbois dead at 75

Yves’ Bistro owner Yves Courbois dead at 75

By Chris Teale (Courtesy photo) He was a restaurant owner and entrepreneur who owned multiple restaurants in D.C. and Alexandria, and did not retire despite his advancing years and poor health. Yves Courbois, owner most recently [...]

White House staffer dies during charity bicycle ride

White House staffer dies during charity bicycle ride

By Chris Teale (Courtesy photo) A White House staffer and Alexandria resident was killed September 19 in Howard County, Md. while participating in a charity bicycle ride to raise money to fight cancer. Jacob Thomas Brewer, [...]

John ‘Big Al’ Severson, owner of Big Al’s Steakhouse dead at 73

John ‘Big Al’ Severson, owner of Big Al’s Steakhouse dead at 73

By Chris Teale (Courtesy photo) John Severson, known to his friends and fellow residents of Alexandria as “Big Al” and the owner of Al’s Steakhouse on Mount Vernon Avenue, died at his home August 15 after [...]

Local lawyer and organized crime prosecutor dead at 88

Local lawyer and organized crime prosecutor dead at 88

By Chris Teale (Courtesy photo) William Lynch, an attorney who was one of the key prosecutors to work for the U.S. Department of Justice in its efforts to combat organized crime in the 1960s and 1970s, [...]

Literacy and preservation advocate Betty Wright dead at 90

Literacy and preservation advocate Betty Wright dead at 90

By Chris Teale (Courtesy photo) Betty Wright, a longtime advocate for local literacy, cultural activities and helping underachieving children. died in her Alexandria home June 20 at the age of 90. Wright was born Betty Rhoads [...]

Alexandria veteran buried on anniversary of V-E Day

Alexandria veteran buried on anniversary of V-E Day

By Susan Hale Thomas (Photo/Susan Hale Thomas) For a veteran, being buried at Arlington National Cemetery is considered a great honor. But for the family of longtime Alexandria resident and World War II veteran Navy Cmdr. [...]

Alexandria native, gun control advocate Sarah Brady dead at 73

Alexandria native, gun control advocate Sarah Brady dead at 73

By Chris Teale (Courtesy photo) She spent her life battling for greater control on the sale and distribution of firearms after her husband was shot and left partially paralyzed. Susan Brady died of pneumonia in the [...]