Alex Fallow

Fallow, Alex

Businessman, Civic Leader, Developer

Died at the age of 76 years, in Parksville March 26, 2003

Known as an energetic businessman, developer, civic leader, and sports enthusiast, Vincent Roderick Alexander Fallow, an eighteen-year resident of the Parksville area of Vancouver Island and a former resident of Edmonton, died at home surrounded by his loving family following a long battle with cancer.

Following a 30-year career as a developer and businessman in Edmonton, northern Alberta, and the Canadian Arctic, Alex settled in the Parksville area with his family in 1985. Before long, he became active in regional business as an operative member of the Parksville Chamber of Commerce, and orchestrated the construction of the first Chamber of Commerce Tourism office in Parksville. Through the late 1980s and early 1990s, Mr. Fallow and various partners developed homes, condominiums, lodging, and resort properties, in the Parksville/ Qualicum Beach area. These included Madrona Acres, Pacific Shores, Rathtrevor Resort, Huntington Estates and the Holiday Inn Express.

In 1977 he was named chairman of Lotto Canada, which was then a regional fund-raising organization. From that start, Lotto Canada grew, and is now operated at the Provincial level, raising billions annually. In 1979, he joined Pacific Western Airlines, helping to relocate its Head Office while supervising the airline’s facilities and construction activities across Canada.

As president of the Commonwealth Games Association from 1974 to 1975, he led the organizing committee responsible for attracting the 1978 Commonwealth Games to Edmonton. Active in Canadian amateur swimming organizations throughout the 1960s and 1970s, he served as director of the Aquatic Federation of Canada, and as national secretary of the Canadian Amateur Swimming Association.

Alex was born in Vermillion, Alberta on September 7, 1926 and, at age nine, moved with his family to Edmonton. Alex was the son of W.A. Fallow, the former Alberta Minister of Public Works, Railways and Telephones.

Mr. Fallow is survived by his wife, Louise Roy, and a large and loving family.