Donald Alexander

MIFFLINBURG, Pa. – Surrounded by his loved ones, Donald Alexander, 67, died peacefully at home in Mifflinburg, Pa., on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021.

Born on August 27, 1954, he was the son of the late Donald and Phoebe Alexander. Don graduated from Gardiner High School in 1972 and attended UMaine and Thomas College, from which he earned his Bachelor’s degree.

Don was, simply put, a man who loved all life had to offer. Whether it was family, friends, food, or furry creatures, ski-slopes to seashores, Don wanted to enjoy it all. He treasured every experience and every moment, from the time spent chatting at the many conventions he attended to the quiet solitude of a deep-woods camping trip. He was very proud of who he was, both personally and professionally, and he poured great love and care into every relationship he touched. He was always a good friend when you needed him and was always on standby to try and make you laugh when times were tough.

It didn’t matter if it was a person, place, or thing, Don tried his best to live up to a motto he carried with him from his time in the Boy Scouts: “Always leave it better than you found it.” He believed in being supportive of those around him and kind to those who might need him. He couldn’t pass by a kid’s lemonade stand without stopping for a cup and couldn’t love an animal with anything less than his whole heart.

In his younger years, his passions included scouting (Eagle Scout at age 13), baseball (from Little League to Legion Baseball) and playing the trumpet (school bands and music camp to the band “Vehicle” in the late 70’s). These endeavors brought him many wonderful and lifelong friendships as well as adventures throughout Maine and beyond. Another passion was his great love of all animals. From Racky-the-Racoon in his youth, to the beaver dams he tried to save as a teen, to a multitude of dogs throughout his life, Don loved and cherished all creatures, great and small.

Don greatly valued the friends and connections he had made from his time as an economic developer for the past 25 years in various parts of the world. Known for his exceptional interpersonal skills, Don developed an international network of corporate contacts in various industries, which enabled him to be successful in his field, leading to numerous awards. He was well-respected in the economic development community, both nationally and internationally. He was deeply proud of what he accomplished and remained forever grateful for the opportunities it afforded him, particularly travel, one of his favorite things to do in life. Maine might have always been home, but Don sure loved putting down some miles on the road and many of those were driving to his favorite destination – to visit his son.

Don was an incredibly loving, compassionate, generous man that worked hard, played hard and lived life to the very fullest.

Don is survived by his beloved son, Nicholas Alexander and his partner Lydia Murphy; his sister, Sheila Alexander Fifield; his aunt, Janice Kelman; his partner, Betsy Robertson; his two nieces and many cousins.

In lieu of a service, the family will gather on Saturday, Oct, 23, to honor and celebrate Don.

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