Ivan Alexander was born on April 24th, 1958 in Vancouver, BC. He lived in Burns Lake, BC, before the family moved to Portugal and Kenya until they settled in Oak Bay, Victoria in 1972. He graduated from Oak Bay High School and attended University of Toronto in Music Performance. He was an accomplished and passionate violinist. After graduating from U of T, he started his work with the Toronto Symphony where he worked for more than 30 years. After he left the TSO, the family moved to Lunenburg where he loved the quaint village and the ocean. He enjoyed walking near the ocean with his beloved Duck Tolling Retriever, Bonnie.