Calvin Alger obituary (1953 – 2021) – New Market, VA
Bruce was born on August 6, 1953 in Luray, Virginia to Elizabeth Jane Tidler Alger of Lacey Springs and the late Forrest Duke Alger.
C. Bruce Alger was named President / CEO of New Market Rebels Baseball for the second time on July 4, 2001. He had led the Rebels to the Valley League Baseball Championships in 2002 and 2018 and finished second in 1981 and 2003.
Bruce has been a supporter and / or member of the Rebels organization since 1965 and has held all available positions within the organization during that time. He had entered his 59th year of supporting the New Market Rebels organization and the Valley Baseball League. He was also the “voice of the rebels” for 47 years and was behind the microphone for over 1,000 rebel home games. He was inducted into the Valley Baseball League Hall of Fame on July 7, 2019.
Bruce shared his time as fairly as possible across the community. He was a member of the New Market Chamber of Commerce and received the President’s Award for Outstanding Community Service in 2002. The New Market Chamber of Commerce also honored and awarded Bruce the Outstanding Citizen of the year. in 2009. The New Market Shockers of the Rockingham County Baseball League presented Bruce with an Honorary Bobby Strickler Award for his outstanding dedication to baseball in 2016.
Bruce was a board member and past board chair of the New Market Lutheran Reformed Church, where he is a baptized life member. He served the church as an assistant minister and chairman of the worship, music, and the arts committee. He was also a member of the finance, mutuality and crisis committees. Bruce was a member of the New Market Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie No. 4264, the New Market Rotary Club, and the New Market Historical Society. Bruce was named Paul Harris Fellow in June 2018 by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. He was Vice President / Treasurer of the New Market Community Center and represents the Town of New Market on the Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and the Shenandoah County Historical Society Board of Directors, where he is life member and president of the Church History Committee. He served on the Shenandoah County Parks and Recreation Executive Committee. He also served on our city development committee and the new market economic development committee for the town of New Market. Bruce previously served as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Stonewall Jackson Alumni Association, where he graduated from the Class of 1971.
Bruce served on the Valley Baseball League board of directors for over 26 years and served for 7 years as the executive vice president of the LAV. In July 2017, Bruce was elected Commissioner / President of the Valley Baseball League, which also served on the board of directors of the National Alliance of Summer Collegiate Baseball (NACSB). In his role as Commissioner / President, he chairs Bylaws and Operating Policies and Procedures, Arbitrator, Nominations, Expansion / Extraction, Hall of Fame, Major League Grant Proposal baseball and executive committees. Bruce was also a member in good standing of the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) and the Grandstand Managers Club, a support group of the New Market Rebels Baseball organization.
In the past, Bruce has also served on the Financial Control Board of the New Market Fire Department, where in 2006 he received a Certificate of Appreciation for his community service, the New Market Jaycees and Parks Committee and New Market town recreation. For many years, Bruce has volunteered his services as a volunteer coach for the Shenandoah County Department of Parks and Recreation Youth Basketball Program, as well as the Little League, Senior League programs. and the stars of Mount Jackson / New Market.
Bruce resided in New Market and lived next door to Rebel Park, his “Field of Dreams”, which a Washington Post writer described as “one of the most breathtaking sports facilities in the world.”
Bruce and the entire staff at New Market Rebel, listed below, are committed to serving the beautiful, historic town of New Market and the surrounding community by working year round to provide exceptional college baseball players, from everywhere. in the United States and beyond, the opportunity to showcase their talents and skills to fans of Major League Baseball and the region.
On November 16, 1991, he married the former Sylvia Lynne Rader who preceded him in death.
In addition to his mother, survive his children, Amanda Renee Alger, Calvin Gregory Bruce Alger, Trey Christian Rader Alger and Calvin Bruce Alger II; three grandchildren, a step-grandson, a step-granddaughter and a granddaughter on the way.
A rally in honor of Bruce’s time with the Rebels organization will take place at 11 a.m. Monday at Rebels Park in New Market. Pastor Brad Burke will lead a memorial service at 12:30 p.m. Monday at the Lutheran Reformation Church in New Market. Interment will be private.
The family will receive friends on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Grandle Funeral Home on Broadway.
Masks are encouraged at the funeral home and church.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Lutheran Reformed Church nursery school or to the rebels in the New Market.
Online condolences can be made at www.grandlefuneralhome.com
Posted by Northern Virginia Daily on October 9, 2021.