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Born: Jul 30, 1952

Date of Passing: Feb 21, 2021

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July 30, 1952 - February 21, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Susan on February 21, 2021 with her family at her side in Dallas, Texas. She had battled breast cancer for four years with great courage, determination, and strength of character.
Susan is lovingly remembered by her husband of 46 years, Jamie; daughters, Lauren Gillette (Jason), Joanna Iliff (David), and Gillian Bradford (Richard); sons, Jamie (Alexandria) and David (Monica); 12 beautiful grandchildren in Dallas, TX and Atlanta, GA; her mother Joyce Alexander in Winnipeg; sister Beverley Ross (David) in Winnipeg; brother Douglas Alexander (Ruth) in London, Ontario; and sister-in-law Judie Gibbs in Rancho Mirage, CA. She was predeceased by her father Doug Alexander.
She was born and raised in Winnipeg, active in the YMCA, and a competitive swimmer with the Winnipeg Cardinal Swim Club. After graduating from the University of Manitoba's School of Physiotherapy, Susan began practicing at St. Boniface Hospital. Following marriage, Jamie and Susan moved to London, Ontario and she began work at St. Joseph's Hospital, supporting her husband's education pursuit.
Her children were all born in Ontario and in 1988, the family moved from Oakville, Ontario to Dallas, Texas after the acquisition of a new business. She managed our new life in Texas, was active in school events, driving to the childrens' sports and activities and she also became a docent at the Dallas Museum of Art. She went "Western" for Dallas' annual charity "Cattle Baron's Ball" but vowed never to pick up the Texas accent or allow her children to say "Y' All" and she and they never did. At the start of every summer, Susan loaded up the Suburban with the five children and two dogs and drove straight North for two long days to reconnect with her lifelong friends at Victoria Beach. She never missed a summer there and even in the Covid summer of 2020, was on daily walks, supported by those same great friends.
In 2010, Jamie and Susan moved to Naples, Florida reconnecting with longtime Winnipeg friends and developing many new ones. She has been very active in the Port Royal Club in Naples for the past ten years and was beloved by staff and friends alike. Her humble, but confident personality and the occasional dry wit was infectious. Susan was also an active golfer at the Hideout Club in Naples and Gleneagles Country Club in Dallas. She loved to travel and with Jamie made many memorable trips to exciting destinations. Golf in New Zealand and a Safari in South Africa were two of her favourites.
Family mattered most to Susan and she was the center of so many wonderful and usually very large family gatherings; organizing, directing, and often cooking for these great celebrations. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and a strong, devoted life partner for her husband, Jamie. In the end, she had met her goals, and while departing us much too early, lived a full and rewarding life with no regrets.
Cremation has taken place and we are hoping to have a memorial service in Manitoba in the summer if conditions at that time permit.
Should friends wish, a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of their choice would be appreciated.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 06, 2021

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Jamie and Family, I am sending my prayers in hopes that they will provide some comfort. Susan and I had so much fun playing bridge together in Naples. Susan knew to remember that bridge was only a game. We had a lot of fun and I will miss her. - Posted by: Lynn Krepart (girlfriend) on: Mar 15, 2021

  • We were so shocked and saddened to hear of Susan’s passing. It just seems like yesterday we were all together at the University of Manitoba. This was far too soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Jamie and your family. - Posted by: Ron and Sherrie Bothe (Friends) on: Mar 13, 2021

  • My condolences to you and your family, Jamie. - Posted by: Dana Honey (Friends of the husband, Jamie.) on: Mar 08, 2021

  • My condolences to you, Jamie, and family. I am remembering Susan’s bubbly and outgoing personality as I came to know her in the mid 70’s. What fun we had at the ice rink at 6:30 a.m. in London as we watched our husbands play hockey then took to the ice ourselves when they took a break. Breakfast for pancakes after was part of our routine. I also remember house hunting with Susan on Saturday mornings that last spring as she was determined to find a new home for you both. We met a couple of times in the early 80’s in Winnipeg, enjoying our first children together and then celebrating Susan’s 30th birthday. The years since have passed all too quickly, however, left you with a bounty of wonderful memories. Take care Jamie, Sincerely, Kathy Pirson - Posted by: Kathy Pirson (Long ago friend) on: Mar 08, 2021

  • Our family is deeply saddened by Susan's passing. We will always cherish the very funny moment when Susan and Jamie invited us over to dinner with their very young family in Oakville. Just after Sue put the roast on the table and turned back to the kitchen, the family dog arrived and decided it wanted the first taste. Susan, the ever-alert mom, screamed at the dog and made sure it dropped the roast immediately. We subsequently ate a fabulous dinner. We hope Jamie and the family holds their memories of Susan close to their hearts. Take care. Karen, Barry and girls - Posted by: Karen Killeen (cousin) on: Mar 07, 2021

  • For many years, Susan was a customer of ours in Victoria Beach. We are so sad to hear she has passed; she will surely be missed by all those she had touched in her short life. She was always a very friendly, humble person. You have our sincerest condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Ian and Susie Hailstone (Customer) on: Mar 06, 2021

  • I just wanted to say how sorry I was to hear of Susan’s passing. We lived on the same street on Rosewell Place in Winnipeg and had lots of fun together playing baseball on the street, skipping and playing with dolls. The last time I saw Susan I was visiting Winnipeg and got invited to her wedding. It sounds like she had a wonderful and full life and will be missed dearly. - Posted by: Bonnie Hoffart(Nelson) (Childhood friend) on: Mar 06, 2021

  • Sincere condolences To the family for your loss. - Posted by: Susan Thomas (Friend) on: Mar 06, 2021

  • You have no idea how deeply sorry I am to have heard this news. Susan and I grew up on Rosewell Place in Wpg. together. The last time I might have seen her was at her parents cabin at LOW. Don't think the twins were born yet. Susan and her family were always in my thoughts and it was as recent as last week I had searched her name online in hopes of reconnecting. My heart is breaking and can't imagine what her family is going through. I am so glad to hear that life had been good and she was blessed with so many grandchildren and lovely family to support her. Wishing you all well! - Posted by: Saundra (Friend ) on: Mar 06, 2021

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