MADISON - Bruce "Alex" Alexander, age 73, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 11,
2016, in the presence of his beloved family.
Alex was born Dec. 22, 1942, in Madison to parents Winfield and Irene
Alexander. He attended elementary school in Shorewood Hills and graduated
from West High School. Alex then attended UW-Madison where he studied
mathematics and computer science. After leaving college, he proudly
served in the U.S. Coast Guard. When he returned to Madison, he pursued a
successful real estate career for a number of years.
Alex's deep interest in "anything with a motor" led to his involvement in
various aspects of motorsports. He worked with friends building and
racing fuel dragsters. Alex was also very proud to have been part of an
Indy car crew. As he recounted stories of the racing circuit, his eyes
would light up with pleasure at the memories. He loved Wisconsin team
sports and was an avid Badgers Hockey fan for many, many years. Alex was
also a very enthusiastic Packers fan and would loudly voice his opinion
when he felt a bad call was made. He truly loved music, particularly jazz
and blues. Alex introduced his wife, Nanci (married in 2001) to live
music, and as a result they often attended music festivals as part of
their travels. Having grown up with his father's Seeing Eye guide dogs,
he continued to have great love and appreciation for and devotion to his
own dogs. Alex's dog, Boomer, went nearly everywhere with him and became
well-known to his acquaintances.
Alex is survived by his wife Nanci and her children Shannon (Anthony)
DeMarte and Scott Olsen; much-loved grandsons Thomas and Alexander
DeMarte; and nephews Colin and Ian Spence. He was preceded in death by
his parents; beloved first wife Lynn; and his sister Helen.
Following Alex's wishes, his family will hold a Celebration of Life at a
later date. If desired, you may make a memorial gift to an organization
of your choice in his memory. Please share your personal memories and
online condolences at www.gundersonfh.com.