Friday, October 19, 2012

Lincoln Alexander dies

Sad news indeed.  I remember him running for Parliament in 1968 and winning my then Riding.  A real giant of a man both in spirit and physically.  I last saw him perhaps a year ago and he was still a vigorous and powerful man.

  בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה אֲ-דֹנָי אֱ-לֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם דַּיָּן הָאֱמֶת

Story here

Lincoln Alexander, Canada's first black MP and former Ontario lieutenant governor, has died at the age of 90.

Ontario Lieutenant-Governor David Onley tweeted the news Friday morning, offering his condolences to Alexander's wife Marni and his family.

The man known to all as “Linc” was a “living legend” in his hometown of Hamilton and a man whose life and career were “a series of groundbreaking firsts,” Onley said in a statement.

“At a time when racism was endemic in Canadian society, he broke through barriers that treated visible minorities as second-class citizens, strangers in their own land,” he said.

“Lincoln Alexander's whole life was a rebuke to those who would equate ability with skin colour,” Onley added. “He overcame poverty and prejudice to scale the professional and political highs.”


Stephen Downes said...

The Yiddish in the post translates in Google translate as: "Blessed are you O - Danny a - Linus King World thin hams"

Probably not what you meant.

Sad news about Lincoln Alexander, though. He was a politician I could respect.

James C Morton said...

It was actually intended as Hebrew ! But I will miss Linc! A good man.

Stephen Downes said...

Ah, Google auto-detected it as Yiddish. The Hebrew translation isn't much better, though:

"Blessed are You, A - Danny Lord - our God, King of the Dean truth"