Father’s Day tribute: Sometimes the toughest lessons are the greatest gifts

No one person had more impact on Nancy Alexander than her father, Jim.

This Father’s Day — the fifth since his passing — the Canandaigua woman remains proud of his legacy and does her best to honor it each day, in big ways and in small.

Most recently, she has done so through a book she wrote about her dad and the journey they shared during the last 18 years of his life. Published last fall, it’s called “An Unlikely Gift: Finding Inspiration Caring for My Father with Dementia.”

Jim Alexander was a World War II veteran and father of two who worked as a radio technician, coached youth hockey for many years and also played hockey well into his 60s. His daughter describes him as a man of integrity who was selfless, adventurous and engaging.

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