John L. Alexanderson
FUNERAL HOME
Concord Funeral Home
Director - Glenn D. Burlamachi, CFSP
Concord, MA
John L. Alexanderson, 82, of Concord and Chatham, passed away on May 14th, 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 sixty years, Nancy (Baier) Alexanderson, his son, Scott Alexanderson and his partner, Allyson Baugham, 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 he 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 five 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 thirty 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 twenty years. John's photography captured so many wonderful family gather- ings and cherished portraits of family and friends alike. In later years, he donated eight 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 June 28th 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. http://bit.ly/In Memory of John A or to Emerson Hospital, 133 ORNAC, Concord, MA. 01742. https://www.emerson hospital.org/support- emerson/donate-now. To donate blood in John's memory, https://www.redcross.org/give-blood.html Arrangements are under the care of Glenn D. Burlamachi, Concord Funeral Home, A Life Celebration Home, Concord. To share a memory or to offer a condolence, please visit: concordfuneral.com.
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Published by The Concord Journal from Jun. 24 to Jul. 1, 2021.
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We are deeply saddened to learn of John's death. From the moment we became his next door neighbor, moving to the street nearly 34 years ago, John had been a friendly and welcoming face. There were so many times when John waved to us from his driveway, a small greeting that made our day. We will miss him. Rich, Elizabeth, John, and I extend our sincerest condolences to Nancy and to all the members of the Alexanderson family.
Kathy Molony
June 24, 2021
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