|Birth: ||Jan. 21, 1922|
|Death: ||Oct. 19, 2012|
Lincoln Alexander, former Ontario lieutenant-governor, dies-
TORONTO - Ontario has lost a pioneer in racial equality in Lincoln Alexander, the first black man in the country to become a lieutenant-governor.
Lt.-Gov. David Onley announced Alexander's death Friday morning. He was 90.
"I was born in 1922, at a time when blacks weren't recognized and when people thought blacks were born to be servers and porters," Alexander told Sun Media in 2007.
"Anyone can become a great part of the Canadian way of life and make a difference economically, politically and socially.
"Don't get sucked in by saying you can't because there's always a future in this great country of ours if you work hard and stay in school," he said. "There's no job you can't have if you want it bad enough and have confidence in yourself."
Alexander's family came to Canada from Jamaica before he was born, and he went to school in Toronto at Earl Grey Junior High and Riverdale Collegiate.
He served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a corporal in the Second World War and graduated from Osgoode Law School in 1953. Alexander was first elected a federal MP in 1968 as a Conservative and was re-elected four times in West Hamilton, serving in prime minister Joe Clark's cabinet as labour minister.
On the advice of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, he was appointed the 24th lieutenant-governor of Ontario in 1985.
Premier Dalton McGuinty said the province has lost a remarkable Ontarian and great Canadian, and extended the province's thoughts and prayers to his wife Marni, son Keith and his family.
"Lincoln was a towering man, and his stature matched his influence. Not just on all those fortunate enough to work with him, but all those who knew him. Indeed, he left an extraordinary legacy, both in his private life and as a public servant," McGuinty said in a statement.
"I am most grateful for all he did to improve the lives of young people and his dedication to strengthening education. Ontarians and indeed, all Canadians, will miss his passion, determination and hard work."
Yvonne Harrison Alexander (____ - 1999)*
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rest in peace Lincoln, i remember seeing you at Ed Mirvish's birthday, when i heard of your passing i was just stunned... you were a lovely man and we'll never forget u rest in peace sir please say hi to ed from me!|
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