John L. Alexanderson

  • Born: May 14, 1939
  • Died: May 14, 2021
  • Location: Concord, Massachusetts

Concord Funeral Home

Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
74 Belknap St.
Concord, MA 01742
Tel. (978) 369-3388

Tribute & Message From The Family

John L. Alexanderson, 82, of Concord and Chatham, MA, passed away on May 14, 2021. Born in Brooklyn, NY, the son of the late Dorothea Smith (Ranken) Alexanderson and Commodore Leroy Alexanderson (Rear Admiral USNR), John will be forever missed by his beloved wife of nearly 60 years, Nancy (Baier) Alexanderson, his son, Scott Alexanderson, and his partner, Allyson Baugham, and his daughter, Whitney (Alexanderson) Heavey, and her husband, Frank Heavey, and his granddaughters, Grace and Maddie Heavey, who lovingly referred to him as "Papa." He is survived by his sisters, Barbara Helmus of Garden City, NY and Linda Butler of Charlottesville, VA, and many adoring nieces and nephews.

John grew up in Brooklyn and Garden City, NY and spent his summers at his grandmother's house in Brookhaven, where in high school began dating Nancy, who lived in neighboring Bellport. After graduating from Garden City High School in 1957, John attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in Troy, NY, on a full US Naval Reserve scholarship. To his fortune, Nancy attended Skidmore College in nearby Saratoga Springs. Upon graduating in 1961 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, John was commissioned as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy, married Nancy in Bellport, and immediately moved to Groton, CT to start submarine school. John served for 5 years, most notably as navigator of the USS Sam Houston, a nuclear-powered Polaris submarine. We will forever miss hearing his adventurous submarine stories that he told always for entertainment, never for self-pride. After serving in the Navy, John began his career in business, most notably working for nearly 30 years at Digital Equipment Corporation where he rose through the ranks to become a Vice President in Marketing. While at DEC, he earned a Masters in Education from Boston University.

John was one of the good guys. Always kind and friendly, he greeted you with a warm smile as if you had known him for years. A generous person, John loved to make others happy. John's mother always hosted the extended family for Christmas, so when his beloved mother was diagnosed with cancer, John treated the family to Christmas in Woodstock, VT. Spending Christmas in Woodstock became a memorable family tradition for nearly 20 years. John's photography captured so many wonderful family gatherings and cherished portraits of family and friends alike. In later years, he donated 8 gallons of blood to Emerson Hospital, an achievement for which he was proud. John had a big heart and a unique warmth that made him adept at connecting with people.Above all, John loved his family. A humble, smart man, he touched the lives of so many people and will be remembered for his kindness, positivity and generosity. We will forever miss his enthusiastic greetings.

No services are planned at this time. Concord's town flag will fly at half-staff on Monday, June 28, 2021 in honor of John's dedicated service in the Navy.

In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory may be made to Expect Miracles Foundation to support cancer research: 89 South Street, Suite 701, Boston, MA 02111 or to Emerson Hospital, 133 ORNAC, Concord, MA 01742 To donate blood in John's memory,

Condolence & Memory Journal

Rick and I were saddened to learn of John's passing and extend our deepest condolences to Nancy and the family. A very present figure in Concord center where we both worked, I would see John almost daily, always cheerful with a warm smile and cordial greeting. John and Nancy were long time supporters of the Concord Museum, where we would enjoy gallery openings. Nancy James and Rick Frese

Posted by Nancy James Rick Frese - Concord, MA - Friend   July 28, 2021

Rest Well

Posted by Kate Mccurdy - Manchester, NH - coworker   July 12, 2021

My sympathy to the extended Alexanderson family.
John was a friend and colleague at Digital Equipment Corporation for over 20 years, and a friend for an additional 25 years beyond that. John was a man of integrity, character, wisdom and warmth.
I am honored to have known him.
Roger McIntyre

Posted by Roger McIntyre - MA - Friend   July 08, 2021

A good friend and neighbor. The Alexander's were one of the originals of the Bartlett Hill Gang
We will miss you
The Goornos

Posted by Warren Goorno - Concord, MA - Neighbor   June 29, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with John at DEC. He was a wonderful human being. He was a great manager and role model. If you went to John for advice, it didn't matter who you were, he'd offer his time and you'd walk out with helpful critique and consul. I'm so sorry to learn of his passing.

Posted by Mike Wurster - Acton, MA - Friend   June 29, 2021

I worked in one of John's organizations at Digital. We all knew him as "John A.", and he was a highly respected individual. What a wonderful obit about a very nice man who was gracious to all he met. Sad to read of his passing. My heartfelt condolences to his family.

Posted by Don LaBelle - Lunenburg, MA - Family Friend   June 28, 2021

I have known the dear Alexanderson family since i was a kid, when we all lived in our Fairport ny neighborhood. I have such fond memories of Mr. A - as I have called him my whole life, although I am now in my 50's - greeting us as our family entered the Cape Cod and Chatham areas for Summer vacations, and hearing him tell us stories about the BEARS in the woods. Our family loves him so much. We are so sorry for the dear family's loss and sadness. Thank you God for the gift of Mr. A !!

Posted by Andrea Chapov - Gainesville, FL - Family Friend   June 28, 2021

Sorry to read this. Knew John. At Digital
And as neighbor in Chatham. My thoughts and prayers are with the family

Posted by Tina Cobb - Chatham., MA - coworker   June 27, 2021

I am so very sorry to learn of this loss, Whitney and family. Although I did not know your dad personally, he is alive in your character, kindness and talent, Whitney. My thoughts are with your family and I share your pain at this sad time. Please let me know if you need assistance with anything. XOXOX

Posted by Catherine Taylor - Chatham, MA - Friend   June 27, 2021

I am so sorry and sad to learn of John's passing. I extend my deepest condolences and sincerest sympathies to the family. I worked with John for many at DEC and continue to see him after that.
He was a kind and gracious man of extremely high integrity.

Posted by tom colatosti - Lexington, MA - Friend   June 27, 2021

I served with John on the USS Carp during the early 60's. In fact John was my Engineering Officer and he tested me on my knowledge of all of the Carps systems which I was able to pass and I was awarded the designation of qualified in submarines which allowed me to proudly wear my dolphins which signified qualified in submarines. John was a wonderful officer to serve under and he had the respect of all enlisted men serving on the Carp. RIP

Posted by James Burkholder - Johnson City, TN - Served in the Military together   June 27, 2021

Worked with John at DEC for many years. He was first class and we all are shock to read of his passing.

Posted by Cecil Dye - Hollywood, SC - Coworker   June 27, 2021

Dear Nancy and family - on behalf of the staff and all the members of the Concord Country Club, I would like to send our most heartfelt condolences on John's passing. The obituary was beautifully written and touches on what a warm and wonderful man he was. We are all so sorry for your loss. We send our love and are keeping you close in our hearts.

Posted by Elaine Dupuis - Concord, MA - Friend   June 24, 2021

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