Alec W. Brindle, SR

Oct 18, 1938 – May 12, 2019

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Alec W. Brindle was born in Seattle on Oct. 18, 1938. He went to his reward on May 12, 2019, when recovery from major spine surgery eluded him. 

Alec attended St. Joseph elementary school, Seattle Preparatory School, Santa Clara University, and the University of Washington School of Law and he held an honorary doctorate from the University of Alaska, SE. Asked about his career, Alec would describe himself as "a recovering lawyer and a retired Alaska fish packer." He practiced law in Seattle for several years; but on the death of his father, he assumed leadership of the family business, Wards Cove Packing Co., and stayed at the helm for over 20 years, becoming a leader in the industry. 

 Alec was preceded in death by his first wife, Cornelia “Pinky” Brindle. He is survived by his wife, Maddy; his son, Alec, Jr., Alec's wife, Ana Sofia, and their daughter, Amélia Alexander (aka "Our Girl"); Maddy's children, Sheila Beer and Patrick Connolly (Douglas Berman) and grandchildren, JP and Maddy Beer; and siblings Sara Blair (Rob) and Barbara Lally (John). 

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Seattle on Wednesday, May 22nd, at 11:00 am. Alec’s ashes will be scattered in the Tongass Narrows in southeastern Alaska, the home of Wards Cove and a place that remained close to his heart. 

In lieu of flowers, please contribute to a worthy cause of your choosing.


K. Williams
Natchez, MS
Jun 15, 2019

My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Please keep in mind that God will heal your broken hearts and will strengthen you during this difficult time. (Psalm 147:3) To find out more regarding the hope for the dead, visit and search “death”.

Dale Christofferson
Kodiak , AK
May 28, 2019

Alec, Thank you for the opportunity in life. You were a great boss and partner. You will be missed.

Theresa Updegrove
Bainbridge Island, WA
May 23, 2019

I work for a library in Kitsap County, Wa. I did not know Alec Brindle, Sr. but have recent opportunities to look at his book "Ward's Cove..." published in 2017.

Just last week, a request from the Unalaska, AK public library came to us, requesting to borrow our copy of Alec Brindle's book for a patron.

Three of our staff members looked at the book as we pulled it off the shelf, and found different interesting things in it: early business in the Alaska seafood industry, recollections of our own days in Alaska canneries or fisheries, and the family & Lake Union histories as well. We all wish to check it out when it comes back from the Alaska loan.

I would like to honor Alec W. Brindle, Sr.'s contribution to the historical and genealogical history of Alaska and Washington. He did a fine thing with this book.

I am very sorry for your loss.

Bett Union-Jakubek
Ketchikan, AK
May 23, 2019

Dear Brindle Family,

I mainly knew Alec through correspondence (written and phone) and am grateful that I finally met him 1 1/2 years ago here in Ketchikan at our first donor appreciation luncheon for Philanthropy Day. Alec was always gracious and welcoming to me, what a kind man. We here in Ketchikan are so grateful to both Alec and Alec Jr. for establishing the Cornelia A. Brindle Cancer Resource Center. We opened the Center in March. I wish he could have seen it. The Center and the resources and programming for patients with cancer are an incredible gift. God bless all of you who he loved, I am so sorry for your loss. Long live the memory and good works of Alec W. Brindle Sr.

Terri Smeltzer
Sequim,, Wa
May 22, 2019

Thank you Alec, for all your contributions. Your book shows just how much you cared about sharing the history of the the industry, your love of Southeast Alaska, but most of all, the importance of family and friends. Wonderful memories here.

Terri Smeltzer

Marlene Scanlon
Ketchikan, AK
May 21, 2019

Apologies for hitting the done key accidently before I was done. Ketchikan will be forever grateful to you and your family for your generous donation to create the Cornelia "Pinky" Brindle Cancer Resource Center within our hospital It is now a much needed reality. and a beautiful facility . PEACE BE WITH YOU

Marlene Scanlon
Ketchikan, AK
May 21, 2019

Extending deep and heartfelt sympathy to the Brindle family. Such a kind and generous man. Ketchikan will be forever thankful to you and your family for the funds to create the Cornelia A "Pinky"

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Woody Nedom
Los Gatos, CA
May 20, 2019


You were a true native son of the northwest, but thank you for spending 4 years at Santa Clara University and helping to make our class of 1960 the best in history! My thoughts and prayers to your family and may you rest in peace.

Debbie Gordon
Excursion Inlet, AK
May 19, 2019

Dear Brindle family,

We love you all and hope you find peace with all the messages of condolence. Alex was a wonderful man, I have missed him ever since WCP was sold to Ocean Beauty. Your family was always kind and gracious to our family.

Bruce and Debbie Gordon with Jodi, Jeremy and Becca

Kimberly Brindle
Bainbridge Island, Washington
May 19, 2019

Uncle Alec, My God Father and a second Dad to me. I will miss you and your phones calls emergencies or not. Your hard work and dedication to the family and business is unsurpassed. I will miss you terribly and the last time we spoke, my last words to you and still are, I Love You ! Gods speed and rest in peace. Say Hi to Dad and Mom for me please ! :) Love You

Maria and David Granger
San Tan Valley, AZ
May 18, 2019

May you RIP Alec. We enjoyed working for you for many years. Thoughts and prayers to Alec Jr and family in tis sorrowful time. Alec was a great, kind man and leader. Hugs from AZ!

Ted and Kim Plumis
Edmonds , Wa
May 17, 2019

Sad to hear of the passing of Mr Brindle, I will never forget the opening day of boating seasons spent on the trawlers in the parade with him running the show.

May his memory be eternal

Doug Fryer
Anacortes, WA
May 17, 2019

Alec was a treasured friend for half a century and a true gentleman

Fredrick Fruhling
Hermosa Beach, Ca
May 17, 2019

Class of 60. Will say a prayer nice guy

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