Alec Calder

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of VC Alec Calder on July 22nd, 2018. It was Alec's wish that this message be shared with members.

Alexander Campbell Calder (May 12, 1944-July 22, 2018)
"On Sunday July 22, 2018, with the support of his family and close friends, Alec Calder of Fergus, Ontario lost against cancer. He will be greatly missed by family, friends and the community. Predeceased by his parents Jane Calder and Alistair Calder and his sister Heather Calder. Survived by his brother John and Kim Calder, nephews Ian Calder, Jeffery and Melissa Calder, and Erik Pedersen, and niece Kirsten Pedersen. Great uncle to Larissa and Evan Calder, Christian and Elora Calder, and Skye, Hayden and Harrison Pedersen.

Alec lived an accomplished and successful life. He attended Royal Military College and travelled globally as a helicopter pilot for his career. He was an active member at the Belwood Lake Sailing Club and the Fergus Horticultural Society. He truly lived fully and with no regrets, a lesson we can all learn from. Family and friends will be celebrating his life at a garden party in August."

Alec was at the club last Sunday, July 15, with nephew Erik Pedersen who will be sailing Alec's much enjoyed Wayfarer. Alec and his beloved Tippy enjoyed a great day at the club.

Sunday July 22nd at the club members gathered at Alec's boat to remember and say thanks. Cards for Alec's family will be at the club all week for members to sign.

For a gallery of photos of Alec doing everything from sailing to working at the club to being with his dogs, click HERE.

And here is what he wrote for his executive 'bio' on the website:
"I joined BLSC in 2012. My sailing days began in the 1960's in the Navy when, as a cadet I learned to crew on whalers. After a long absence I purchased an aging 27' Catalina in 1996 while living on the West Coast. Returning to Elora in retirement I had all but decided to shelve sailing forever until, . . . . . almost by accident, I stumbled upon this jewel of a sailing club, literally in my back yard. It wasn't long before I was the proud owner of a Wayfarer, and here I am, in my mid-70's, learning to sail all over again!"

Alec - you will be missed.

4 Responses

  1. I am a boyhood chum of the late Alec Calder. I would like to know details of the memorial event Aug. 4 please. I would also like to contact his brother John. Perhaps you could ask John to contact me- 705 715 8004. To what charity would the family like memorial donations be made?
    • Margaret Hull
      Hello Rod The Celebration of Life for Alec Calder is to be on Aug 4th at his house in Elora at 3:30pm. For details, please email the Mallett family at [email protected] BLSC Web Editor
  2. Alec and I became friends when we both bought townhouses in Steveston, B.C. at Steveston Station. We were friends throughout his time in BC and I still think of Alec whenever I pass by his second home there across from the river. Alec was generous and fun to be with. He was a great host and a great conversationalist and loved classical music (and had good taste in world music too). I was just this moment pondering why I didn't get a Christmas card this year from Alec and thought to do the typical thing....look him up on line. I knew he had had cancer previously and so in that way his death was not a surprise, yet the feeling of emptiness that accompanies the death of a person one cares about is there nonetheless. I salute Alec; I'm sure we'll meet again.
    • Margaret Hull
      Thank you for your comment, Jacqueline. Alec meant a lot to us at the sailing club here is Fergus, Ontario, even though he was only with us a few years.

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