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Janet McDonald Alexander

March 16, 1938January 12, 2021


Janet McDonald Alexander passed away peacefully on January 12, 2021 at Hospice Halifax with her daughters at her side. She was 82. Janet was predeceased by her parents, Lt. Col. Joseph Laurence Black ED, LLD, and Gwendolyn McDonald Black LLD, OC, her brother Frank Black, and her husband Richard William Alexander. Janet will be greatly missed by her daughters Laurie Alexander (James Campbell), Lucy Alexander (Gilberto Gangarossa), brothers Laurence Black (Janice), John Black (Donna), grandchildren William and Catherine Campbell, nieces and nephews. Janet grew up in Sackville, New Brunswick, and worked at her father’s general store as a teen. Janet graduated from McMaster University (BA, 1959) and Dalhousie University (BEd, 1967). She began her career as a high school math teacher, followed by several years at the Canada Revenue Agency. Janet made many life-long friends and left a lasting impression on those she met. Her quick wit, genuine interest in people, and sharp intellect will be greatly missed. Janet took boundless pride in her daughters and her beloved grandchildren, William and Cate. Janet loved to spend time with them and always looked forward to being with her family at the cottage in Murray Corner. She had life-long friends along the shore and the local lobster season was at the heart of many summer celebrations. When the first meeting of what would become the Alzheimer Society of Nova Scotia was held in 1982, the organizers expected perhaps 25 people. Fifty attended. Janet was key member of a small team of dedicated medical professionals and caregivers that established the first Nova Scotia chapter of the Alzheimer Society. They worked hard to bring awareness, information and resources to the Nova Scotia community touched by this devastating disease. Janet served as President of the society and contributed to several committees and task forces. Janet loved the arts and was dedicated to supporting, and enjoying, the creative community. She was a champion of the symphony and classical performances, and was a long-time volunteer with Women for Music. The Women for Music Society encourages and supports classical music. Their popular book sales and book depot are an important fund-raiser for Symphony Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra. Janet loved visual arts and art history, and served a docent at the Nova Scotia Art Gallery. She read voraciously and studied languages (French and Italian). An adventurous traveler, Janet was able to experience many of her national and international bucket list trips taking in incredible performances, galleries, and cultures. The family would like to extend deep gratitude to the Hospice Halifax team for their care and compassion. Due to COVID 19 restrictions, a celebration of life will be held at a later date


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Janet McDonald Alexander

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Diane (Bethune) Palmeter

January 17, 2021

Laurie and Lucy, I want to tell you how sorry I am to read of your mother’s death. I first met her at Camp Arcadie in 1950 and enjoyed so many fun times during our years together at that wonderful camp. My memories of her were of her athletic abilities, no matter which sport she played. Of course, my biggest memory is when she and fellow camper, Sue Marquis took a camp row boat and rowed across St. Mary’s Bay to Camp Aldercliff (5 miles), where her brother Larry and cousin Derek were campers. Needless to say the boat came home on a truck and there was a little displeasure from the camp director. But...they were not sent home! I have bumped into her only a few times since then and think it was probably at the Symphony both times. Her smile never changed. We had talked about getting together but never did for which I am sorry. I am sure she was a wonderful mother and you will miss her dearly. My deepest and heartfelt sympathies to you both and to your families. Sincerely, Diane Palmeter

Jane Trites

January 15, 2021

Lucy and Laurie,

I am so sorry to hear that Janet has passed away. I did not know her well but any time we got together I enjoyed it. My condolences to you and your families.


Shawna Burgess

January 15, 2021

Dear Laurie and Lucy.

I loved the way your mom would say something, look at you in the eye and then raise her eyebrows. She would challenge me think about what I just said. To question my statements to see if they were really true for me. I never felt judged if we disagreed.

I enjoyed her quick wit and the sound of her chuckle. She appreciated a good story and would have one of her own. She lived a full life of travel, adventure and learning. She raised strong independent women and passed along those admirable traits.

She will be missed by many but mostly by you. I'm so sorry for your loss. Sending you both a big hug,

Maria Mancini-Fulmer

January 15, 2021

Janet and I were members of the Board of the Alzheimers Society of NS at the same time. She was a delightful person and always appeared to dedicate herself completely to whatever she was involved in and to her family.
My condolences to her family. She was a lovely Lady.
Maria Mancini-Fulmer

Shari-Lynn Hiltz

January 15, 2021

Laurie, Lucy, & families,

Sincerest condolences on the loss of your mother. Hoping you find peace in the many memories you have, and inspiration through the legacies she created throughout her life .

Paul McNair

January 15, 2021

Janet was an exceptional person. Working with her when she was President of the Alzheimer Society, and I, its first Executive Director, was rewarding and always fun. Janet's commitment, knowledge and friendship make those years very memorable.
My thoughts are with you.

Romina Villarosa

January 14, 2021

We met Janet in Rome, when she visited us for Christmas. We enjoyed walking through the ancient ruins and beautiful squares and churches, always discussing on differences between cultures and the beauty in art. I will always remember her wit and her deep curiosity about world and life. We’ll be keeping her in our thoughts and prayers.
Love from all of us

Peggy McNair

January 14, 2021

To Janet's Family
Remembering Janet for her dedication to the Alzheimers Society of Nova Scotia for so many years. It was an honor to have shared so many memories of these times as a volunteer with Janet. I wish always cherish her friendship.
Sincere Sympathy
Peggy McNair

Janet Brush

January 14, 2021

I am so sorry to hear of Janet's death. She was my first supervisor when I went to work at CRA, and later she convinced me to volunteer for the Alzheimer Society. But most of our conversations were on two subjects - our daughters and English Literature. I'm glad she had grandchildren and was able to spend time with them. And I think she might be pleased to know I returned to school at 65 to get a BA in English. I'm sorry we lost track of each other. She was a wonderful person.

Judy MacIsaac

January 14, 2021

Dear Laurie and Lucy,
Thinking of you and your family. May the happy memories help you . My thoughts and prayers are with you. 🙏