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In Loving Memory

Alexander Spaulding Hobbs

September 6, 1993 – September 9, 2020

Alexander Spaulding Hobbs, awesome son of Chuck and Tracey Hobbs, little brother of Charlie Hobbs, ended his life of 27 years in Webster, Texas, on or around September 9, 2020.  He was an ever-present source of happiness and humor to those around him — even as he privately struggled with the anxiety and pain with which, in the end, he decided he could no longer live.

Alex was born on September 6, 1993 in Voorhees, NJ and grew up in nearby Gloucester Township.  He was a happy, kind and funny kid, traits that he would carry into adulthood; qualities that made him easy to love.

Alex was also a good student.  He was smart, but also hard working.  He graduated first in his class at Triton High School and earned a Presidential Scholarship to Rutgers School of Engineering.  Alex loved his years at Rutgers and the many friends he made at RU.  After graduating in 2016 with a BS in Mechanical Engineering, he continued his education at Stanford and received his MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2018.  

Alex began his career at Boeing in Los Angeles working in the rotational program on satellites.  Though he was very fond of his colleagues there, his dream was to work at NASA.   Alex had enjoyed a summer internship with the space center in Huntsville, AL, where he worked on a solar sail, participated in space camp, went white water rafting and jumped out of a plane.  Afterwards, he was hooked.

In mid-January, 2020, Alex's dream came true.  He landed a job in Houston at NASA's Johnson Space Center.  Despite a pay cut, a lease in LA that couldn't be broken. and a definite change of scenery, he jumped at the offer.  In March, Alex packed up his things, hopped in his convertible BMW, and enjoyed a scenic and fun filled ride to Texas.  He only went into work one day before the pandemic resulted in the necessity to work from home.  Still, Alex was excited to be working on the Artemis program that would soon land another man on the moon.

Alex spent much of his spare time "gaming".  He loved video games and developed some of his closest relationships that way.  Alex also loved Flyers hockey and enjoyed seeing them play in different arenas around the country.

Kind and big hearted, Alex volunteered with children in Camden every Saturday through high school.  His passion in college became Engineers Without Borders, where he worked on water access projects in Camden NJ and Tanzania, Africa.  

Along with his parents and brother, Alex is survived by his Aunt Teri and Uncle Bob (Gatanis) and Aunt Karen and Uncle Brian (Hobbs).

Alex made us better people.  In his goodbye note, he said he loves us all.  He's sorry.  And he wants us "to be kind to others at every opportunity.  You know not their lives."  He didn't have a selfish bone in his body.

A virtual memorial service will be held at a time to be determined.  In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Alex's memory to Engineers Without Borders, Rutgers Chapter at 


Psalm 34:18

"The Lord is close to the broken hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."

Thanks for an amazing 27 years.  We'll love you forever, Alex.  

Condolences may be sent to the Hobbs family in care of Jeter Memorial Funeral Home at www.jeterfuneralhome.com.

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35 thoughts on “Alexander Spaulding Hobbs”

  1. Alex led a truly amazing life guided by a wonderful family; so many were blessed by his presence and unselfish efforts. I pray the Lord will guide you and comfort you through this very difficult time.

  2. Alex was at my house quite often while he was growing up, as he was very good friends with my son, Nick. They were always "gaming" in my basement, along with many other friends. I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days with him as he traveled from LA to Houston. He was able to make a detour from I-10 for a visit, as I now live in Tucson, AZ. He certainly brightened our days as he was still happy, kind, and funny! We miss you, Alex.

  3. Alex was a great friend to my sons Stephen and Jason. He was gaming online a few nights a week with Jason, and I was happy they were maintain their friendship from opposite sides of the country. It was so good to see him for a few days and show him around some of the sights in Tucson on his way to Houston and his new job at NASA. We'll miss him terribly.
    Karen Moritz

  4. Mike and Karen Alecxih

    We watched Alex and Charlie grow up so handsomely and impressively through yearly Christmas cards and talking to Charlie weekly through the years at Lockheed Martin. We heard of wonderful travels, academic achievements, volunteering and special times with the Hobbs family, Charlie and Tracey so loving and loyal. We thank Alex for such a most important message for us all….to be kind at every opportunity and just simply love as we need to realize so many people, young and old, struggle overwhelming day in and out. Our heartfelt condolences to the Hobbs family and may God give you comfort and peace and warmth and wonderful memories of the life and message from Alex Hobbs.

  5. Ken, Alma, Gene, and Kendra Zaleski

    There are no words to express how sorry we are for your loss. Anyone who ever met Alex knew what a great person he was. It was our privilege to know Alex growing up. We will miss him. Our deepest condolences.

  6. Al and Mary Jane Montemuro

    I remember Alex as a happy little kid with a great dry sense of humor, he was always smiling. He was so excited when I took him for a ride in my Corvette so many years ago. Alex accomplished so much in just 27 years, he was realizing his dreams, a feat not many people ever attain. Sending our deepest condolences, you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Rest In Peace Alex.

  7. I worked with Alex briefly on a project at NASA, and what an exceptional and talented young man. My heartfelt condolences.

  8. What a beautiful and touching memorial. I only knew young Alex briefly when he was our neighbor. Our ages were different enough that we didn't interact much and I soon moved away. Reading this, I am struck by all the wonderful people we lose but never fully know. Alex's request is wise beyond his years. Thank you for sharing Alex's story and for clearly providing him a loving and supportive family. My condolences and love to you all.

  9. The Ellicott family

    So sorry for your loss. Alex was always so kind an personable. A wonderful young man! Our prayers go out to you. God bless

  10. This is such heart breaking news. As parents who have lost a child we know how difficult this loss is to you. Surround yourselves in love for each other and know that faith and time will help heal this wound. God bless Alex and may God grant the Hobbs family with peace of heart.

  11. I am struggling to come up with adequate words to describe Alex and the Hobbs family. They were a staple family friend during my childhood: with Alex being my age and Charlie my sister's. I have so many fond memories growing up down the shore, a family trip to NYC to see The Lion King on Broadway and many others. It was obvious how special Alex was through his intelligence, kindness and sense of humor. He was always smiling! He will be missed and never forgotten. Wishing Chuck, Tracey and Charlie strength, as well as all the rest of Alex's extended family. Rest in peace, Alex

  12. The Stevens Family

    We were very saddened to hear of the loss of your handsome, intelligent, hard-working, kind son. Many memories of Alex walking to the bus stop and he always had a smile. We pray that Alex has found peace and that his mind is once again whole and not troubled. May Alex's last message make all of us try to be better people and kinder to each other. Tracey, Chuck and Charlie we are so very sorry for your heartbreak. Sending warm hugs to you all. We will continue to hold you up in prayer as well as Alex. We hope that In the days ahead you can somehow find comfort in all of you beautiful memories of your loved son.

  13. While we rarely saw each after finishing middle school, I remember Alex very vividly. He was so kind to me when very few others were and he had a brilliant mind. When we would occasionally pass each other on campus at RU he would always wave and say hello; I was initially amazed he remembered me, but thinking back on it now I realize that was just the kind of person he was. I'm so sorry for your family's loss. Alex was genuinely an incredible individual.

  14. Terry and Laura Johnson

    We knew Alex and the rest of the Hobbs family at Luther Memorial. Alex was a kind and polite young man. He was also very smart. Please accept our sympathies in this difficult time. May God bless and comfort the Hobbs family.

  15. Celeste D’Alonzo

    I have fond memories of Alex. He was a student in my AP Literature class. I enjoyed his nimble mind, sense of humor, and drive to succeed. I am deeply saddened that we have lost an exciting young person. Please accept my sympathies. May his memory be a blessing.

  16. Chuck, Tracey, Charlie, I am so sorry for your loss. I will never forget all the great times I had with Alex growing up across the street from Herb and Peg. I'm blessed to have known him for as long as I have, and I will never forget his kindness or his friendship. Rest easy Alex, and God bless the Hobbs family. The Greco's will miss you.

  17. I knew Alex from doing research together in college as well as working as Counselors for Governor's School. Alex had the kindest soul and the warmest heart. He always made everyone laugh and feel comfortable. I could always be myself around him and could talk to him about anything I was going through. Many people, including myself, looked up to Alex. He was smart, funny, and super friendly. I am going to miss him a lot and cherish his memories forever. I am deeply sorry for your loss.

  18. The Wagner Family.

    Dear Chuck, Tracey and Charlie, we are so saddened to hear of the loss of Alex. Our hearts and prayers are with you. Alex was a very warm hearted and genuine young man who made a difference in the lives of those he touched. We walk this journey with you and hold you up in prayer. We hope that the beautiful memories of Alex will live within you forever.

  19. Ann and Kevin Dunphy

    I am so sorry for the loss of your kind, beautiful, and smart son. Our deepest condolences go out to your family.

  20. Thank you for courageously confronting Alex's tragic loss. I just happened upon this eulogy and am so saddened that our world lost someone so beautiful and talented way too soon. My dad was an engineer at NASA when I was growing up in Friendswood and I remember how much he loved it. I'm glad Alex got to live his dream, however short. I'm so sorry for your loss and hope you find comfort and peace in the arms of your loved ones and in your precious memories of Alex. I will remember Alex's wishes and work harder to always be kind.


    Our deepest condolences to the Hobbs family. We are saddened by your loss and share in your grief.

    We are a family from Mumbai, India and Charlie has been a regular visitor to our home as he is a dear friend of our son Sameer.

    Rest assured of our prayers and we pray that Alex may rest in peace.

  22. I'm deeply saddened by the loss of Alex. I can't image the sadness you're going through. I am so sorry. Alex and I worked in the the same research lab at Rutgers. He was a great colleague and a dear friend. He was intelligent, responsible, hard working, and also delightful. He brought so much joy and precious memories to the whole lab that we will forever hold on to. I'm glad that Alex fulfilled his dreams that he was constantly talking about with passion. I will miss him deeply and remember his kindness. My condolences to the family. Rest In Peace, Alex.

  23. I am truly sorry to hear about the loss of Alex. I knew Alex from Professor Mazzeo's lab at Rutgers University in 2014. Alex was smart, kind, hard-working, and humorous. I will miss him. My heartfelt condolences to the family.
    Rest in peace, Alex.

  24. I am so heartbroken to hear this news. I was fortunate enough to know him for just a couple of years at Rutgers before he went on to Stanford, and I feel lucky to have had that opportunity. I am praying for the Hobbs family and will keep his memory in my heart. Rest in Peace Alex.

  25. I went to school with Alex since elementary school. He was literally the most kindest person i have ever met. It saddens me to hear that this world lost an amazing person and i send my condolences to his family. Rip Alex. You will deeply be missed

  26. Chuck, Tracey, and Charlie,
    I am so stunned by this news. My prayers and thoughts are with you. I hope you find comfort in the words of the many people who love Alex and you. Alex's passing hurts my heart tremendously. I will forever remember Alex's genuine smile, good hearted laugh, compassion for others, and his love of learning. It was truly my privilege for 3 years to be Alex's middle school EXCEL teacher. Seeing him each day, talking Jeopardy, current events, politics – the Daily Show, and Stephen Colbert with him are some of my favorite memories. When I saw him during high school and college growing into an amazing young man, it was clear he was on the path to successfully achieve his dream. Cleary, he was directed – a testament not only to his abilities, but to his supportive family. I last lunched with Alex before he left for Stamford and I was captivated by his joyfulness to start that new leg of his life's adventure. I'm so glad to know that he did find his place at Houston's NASA Johnson Space Center.
    There are no words that can effectively convey my sorry and my love for you as a well-remembered family who changed my life by sharing the gift of your children with me. And though I have not seen you in some time, I think of you often and specifically of Alex each Christmas Eve as I hang a small pewter fox on my tree – still in the box with the handwritten tag that bears Alex's name. A cherished memory to find each year. It will be more poignant this year – a reminder from Alex to cherish and respect the angels who walk among us for we know not how long they will walk with us and when we will see them again.
    Please share my sympathies with the rest of the family, especially Terri. Know that I will pay forward Alex's message and honor the young man that gave me the gift of his mind, smile, and time.
    May God hold you in the palm of his hand.
    Patti Coughlan

  27. The Kindred Family

    Still missed. Passing of time does not end the pain of losing someone loved, sending our deep sympathy to your family. May God continue to help your family cope with such a sad loss. Alex touched the lives of others and is sadly missed.

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