Alex passed away peacefully in White Rock, BC, on December 8, 2011, after a long struggle with diabetes and heart disease. He is survived by his wife, Roxsane Halser-Lenec, BA’82, daughter Sandra, sons James, John, Michael and David, extended families, relatives and friends.
Alex was born on November 21, 1931, in Toronto and grew up in Vancouver. After
attending John Oliver High School, he studied commerce at UBC. After graduation, Alex obtained his designation as a chartered accountant. After initially working for Canada’s tax department, he went into public practice. Alex developed a keen interest in mining and became president of Pyramid Mining. It is said that Pyramid was the stock that put the Vancouver Stock Exchange on the map in 1965 and introduced people from all walks of life to the stock market. The stock soared above $15, trading over six million shares in one day! The rich lead-zinc ore body was located on the Pine Point property in the Northwest Territories and was subsequently purchased by Cominco after the stock hit $20.
The Pyramid story really demonstrates who Alex was – he took risks and always believed there was an upside to everything in life. His positive energy radiated whenever he entered a room and he always cared for the welfare of others.
Although Alex never wanted to “retire,” he did take time to enjoy the sun in Hawaii and Palm Springs. He will be dearly missed, but definitely not forgotten.