6 November, 1945 – 8 November, 2020
Kim Alexander of Fort Lauderdale passed away unexpectedly on November 8, 2020. A near lifelong resident of South Florida, Kim was born in Lake Forest, Illinois, to Bill and Doris Alexander and moved to South Florida at an early age. He attended Bennett Elementary, a brand-new Sunrise Junior High School, and both the old downtown historic Fort Lauderdale High School and the (then) brand new Fort Lauderdale High campus; his class was the first to graduate in 1963. Growing up in old Fort Lauderdale, Kim loved boating and water skiing on the intracoastal (with no speed limits!) and traipsing the Everglades. As a teenager, Kim befriended the game wardens and spent countless hours outdoors on his airboat with early morning duck hunts, midnight frog gigging, and hog & dove hunting trips to mention a few.
Kim served two tours of duty in Vietnam as an Aviation Ordnanceman Petty Officer 2nd Class. In the Navy he circumnavigated the earth, crossed the equator, and made port-of-calls in Japan.
Honorably discharged, Kim returned to Fort Lauderdale to start a family and forge a career as an insurance agent initially with Life of Virginia and later as an entrepreneur.
Kim was a committed businessman and advocate for his clients earning recognition as a top producing agent and recipient of prestigious awards including membership in the President’s Honor Council, multiple Company Leadership Awards, Torch Awards, Million Dollar Round Table, and all-expenses paid trips to Hawaii, Acapulco, Switzerland, England, and the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia. In 1993, he formed Alexander & Greep Insurance Agency with Stephen Greep, ring-bearer in Kim’s wedding and son of Kim’s oldest friend, Michael Greep. Kim reveled in his work and likely had no plans to ever retire.
Kim was married to Lyla Edwards for 28 years raising three children: Nicole, Kevin, and Allison. Each one delighted him differently and when speaking about them his eyes would light up and his face would beam with pride!
Kim was actively involved in his community: this year’s president of The African Safari Club and former president of both the Broward Business Associates and The Junto of America; member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, Ducks Unlimited, and Class of 1963 Fort Lauderdale High School Reunion Committee. He immensely enjoyed the high school reunions and later in life that is where he met his special lady, Judy Caldwell, whom he loved and cherished for over 13 years. Kim and Judy were avid antiquers and enjoyed traveling across North America in search of unique keepsakes.
Kim is survived by his three children: daughter Nicole King (Josh); son Kevin Alexander; daughter Allison Shapansky (Shane), grandson Dylan Shapansky; sister Gail Klevay; brother Kip Alexander; and Kim’s special lady Judy Caldwell.
Visitation will be held on Friday, November 13th, 2020 4:00 - 7:00 at the Kraeer-Fairchild Funeral Home, 4061 North Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale. Per Broward County regulations, masks are required. The family will honor and celebrate Kim's life in a private gathering.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either the Fisher House Foundation (fisherhouse.org) or the African Safari Club of Florida Scholarship Award Program (africansafariclubflorida.org) in memoriam of Kim Alexander; Kim was a member of ASC for 36 years and chairman of the scholarship committee.
Friday, 13 November , 2020
15 November 2020
The word "gentleman" comes up in so many of these memories and that's exactly what came to my mind. He was the epitome of a true gentleman, one with integrity and class. Kim handled our company's insurance for many, many years and worked hard to always do what was best for the company and our employees. He never let us down. Insurance can be confusing, especially for a group, and he had such patience making sure we understood everything. He seemed to love to teach. He was a pleasure to do business with and an honor to know. Kim was one of a kind taken too soon and will be missed. My condolences to the family and to his family at Alexander, Greep & Tate
14 November 2020
May my condolences bring the family & many friends comfort and may my prayers ease the pain of this loss. I worked with Kim at Life of Georgia Ins Company. Kim was always a gentleman and a helpful mentor when needed
12 November 2020
Kim and I took a trip across the US when I was 17 and Kim was 16. We drove his new gold 1962 Chevy convertible. It was a memorable trip to Disneyland, the Worlds fair in Seattle several days in Chicago and all spots in between. I lost touch with Kim for many years, but hooked up with Kim and Judy in 2015, and Carol and I enjoyed visiting and antiquing with them. He was always full of life an a lot of fun to be with. He will be missed not only by his many clients, but also his many friends. Tom and Carol Hahn
12 November 2020
I would like to extend my sincere sympathy to Judy, Alison, Nicole, Kevin and all of Kim’s family at this time of loss. My interactions here at the office with Kim were always a pleasure, as he was such a gentleman. Whenever Kim would come over to the Property and Casualty side of the office I would say, “Are you lost, Kim?” and we would chuckle. When he would go to lunch, he would say, “I’m going to get a bite to eat”. Well, you’re not lost anymore, Kim. Jesus has said, “Welcome home, Kim, come sit at my table. God bless you, family, you will be in our hearts and our prayers, Annmarie
11 November 2020
Kim, you were a true gentleman and amazing boss for the years that I worked with you at Alexander, Greep and Tate Insurance. Steve & Johnathan will make you proud at the agency.
You will be forever missed and never forgotten. I will miss you BUT I will also celebrate the WONDERFUL life you lived.
11 November 2020
A very sad day to hear this news of Kim's passing. He will be truly missed by all. I was fortunate to have developed a friendship with Kim over the past 10 years as he handled my insurance needs. We spoke at length just last week about our policy renewal, the election, our sharing of Veterans Week, our lives and our families. Kim was always there for us and we will always have a special place in our hearts for him. The Finizio Law Group Family.
11 November 2020
Kim was an absolute gentleman. His patience and understanding of our business needs were never surpassed by anyone. He was our agent for so many years at least 30 or more years.
I know his family must be devastated, all the friends which I know he had many.
My love to Eilene De Paul who always was there and knew as much as Kim. Also to Germana as well.
Needless to say he will be totally missed by me.
Love and prayers to you all,
Hinkle, Richter & Rhine LLP
Eilene De Paul
11 November 2020
To Kim's : girlfriend Judy; kids Nicole, Alison, Kevin ; sister Gayle and brother Kip:
Kim loved getting together with you all, and was always talking about you all with Joy & Pride to me & Germana, his assistant Health Agents. It is of course hard for us at work to deal with our loss of not seeing him every day, but we wanted to extend our deepest sympathies to you all, his immediate loved ones since we can't all be there to hug & speak to you during this time we're in right now. To say he will be greatly missed is an understatement. We will cherish all of our fond memories.
Love & Hugs, Eilene & Germana.
10 November 2020
My boss and friend of 21 years my heart is broken. Always a constant support and a kind heart. Never missed a birthday or work anniversary. Kim has left a forever place in my life.
Our peace lies in knowing Kim is safe and in the arms of our Lord Jesus.
God Bless all of you and know Kim left a legacy you can be proud of.