Eight Bells – Alexander McAuley

January 11, 2021

Eight Bells – Alexander McAuley

Alex passed away on January 7, 2021 at 88 years of age. Alex was proud and happy to recently celebrate 65 years of marriage to his wife Audrey (Oates), with a family video party.

Although his career was with Stelco for 42 years, Alex’s proudest accomplishment in life was his family: Robert (Margaret), Mark (Pamela), Scott (Sharon Fawcett) and Kevin (Sheri Woods). Spending time together led to many of the hobbies and interests they continue to share; sailing, skiing and travel.

Many will remember Alex from his time as a ski instructor at Chedoke in Hamilton or Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, NY.

Alex will be remembered by the sailing community for his enthusiastic involvement as a long time member of the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club and Past Rear Commodore. As a Certified International Judge and Umpire, Alex and Audrey enjoyed traveling and being involved in regattas around the globe.

Alex’s quick wit and sense of humour has been inherited by all of his 5 grandchildren Austin, Brendan, Liam, Ryan and Alexandra. They will miss his continual support and encouragement.

Special thanks to the Hamilton General Hospital, Dr Kelly, Heather, Francis and all the team at 4W.

Alex was the recipient of the 2015 Legends of Ontario Sailing Award “Honouring the Past to Inspire the Future.” The award acknowledged and recognized Alex’s outstanding contribution to the sport of sailing.

Private service for family only and Alex’s wish for a Celebration of Life will take place when we can all get together again. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be contributed in Alex’s name to the Ontario Sailing Association in favour of Race Committee and Judges Training Programs

Fair winds and following seas Alexander.


  • Rolex
  • Helly Hansen
  • Gallagher Skippers' Plan
  • BMO Sail Canada MasterCard
  • Government of Canada