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RACZENKO, Alexander “Alex”

March 3, 1953 – St. Boniface, Manitoba
June 10, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Alex Raczenko of Calgary, formerly of Winnipeg, at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre on Saturday, June 10, 2017 at the age of 64 years.

Alex carved himself a career in computer consulting starting with Rogers and Associates but quickly switched to consulting firm ownership in Calgary culminating with DKW Systems Ltd. These experiences allowed Alex to become a mentor to others in the startup arena. He was Entrepreneur in Residence with Innovate Calgary for many years when the “normal” duration was one year. Most recently he was working as a Technology Development Advisor –Technical for the government of Alberta.

For entrepreneurs seeking help, Alex was like an oasis in a desert. Finally someone could really make a difference. As a pitch coach he had no equal. The companies he coached regularly won pitch competitions all over the world. Alex made a difference.

Alex is survived by his mother Jean, sister Laura (Derrick), sister-in-law Donna, niece Alexandra, nephew Nicholas, all of Winnipeg, and his beloved dog Cia. He is also survived by a host of friends and business associates in Calgary and area. Alex was predeceased by his father Nicholas, brother Peter and his grandparents.

A Celebration of Alex’s Life will be held on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at Richmond’s Pub, 3919 Richmond Road SW, beginning at 3:30 pm. A memorial service will be held in Winnipeg at a later date. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Tom Baker Cancer Centre 1331 29 Street N.W. Calgary, AB T2N 4N2 Telephone 403-521-3723 http://albertacancer.ca/tom-baker-cancer-centre or Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society 5060 – 74 Avenue SE Calgary, AB T2C 3C9
Telephone: (403) 250-7377 http://aarcs.ca/donate/

In living memory of Alex Raczenko, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: 403-241-0044.

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  1. Alex was a gem and the world is a lesser place because he’s left us. My sincere, positive thoughts are with Alex’s family.

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  2. Deryl Williams

    Very sorry to hear about your loss. Alex was a great guy and was passionate about his life and work. I worked with Alex at Innovate Calgary and Alberta Innovates and will miss his insight and humour.

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  3. David Bickman

    I am very sorry to read in today’s Herald of the passing of Alex Raczenko. Although it’s been a few years since I’ve had the pleasure of seeing him, I remember him very well. I knew Alex for more than 30 years and always found him to be a fine fellow, a gentleman. My deepest sympathies to his surviving family.

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  4. My heart is heavy today with this news. He was always a wonderful pal. We will miss him dearly. Rest in Peace Alex and my condolences to the family.

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  5. Iain and Pat Cruickshank

    The world has lost a unique and special person. Our sincere condolences to Alex’s family.

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  6. So saddened by the loss of Alex, a person so committed to giving others the guidance and confidence to go and make a dent in the universe. There aren’t enough people in this world that give of themselves as Alex did and he will be greatly missed. To those who knew and loved the ultimate “pitch coach” I wish my sincere condolences.

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  7. Alex was a tireless contributor to the community and an invaluable mentor to many startup entrepreneurs. We will miss him dearly.

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  8. Very saddened to learn of the sudden loss of Alex. This is a harsh blow to our community. Alex was one of the good guys. He was relentlessly passionate about helping people transform ideas into real businesses; in all pursuits he was dedicated, creative, honest and intellectually courageous. His generous spirit will be missed. My sincere condolences to his family.

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  9. Terry Rachwalski

    I had the pleasure of working with Alex at Alberta Innovates. He was passionate about entrepreneurs, teaching and really funny.

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  10. Tony Militano

    So sad to hear of Alex’s passing , it has been awhile since I last spoke to him but will always remember his laugh and easy to get along with personality. Simply put , he was a great guy !

    He will be missed , rest in peace my friend. My condolences to the family.

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  11. Bernard Parkinson

    I instantly connected with Alex, as did so many others. His enthusiasm knew no bounds. So saddened to hear the news. My condolences to his family.

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  12. Michael Palmer

    Alex you will be dearly missed! You were so instrumental in helping a large number of entrepreneurs reach their dreams! RIP Alex…..With Deepest Sympathy….Michael

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  13. I have no end of fond memories of my time working with Alex. He has an infectious passion for innovation, and I can still hear his wonderful heartfelt laugh. I am grateful for the time I knew him and for his belief in me near the start of my career. I am certain he will be sorely missed by the many whose lives he touched in one way or another. For those who were closest to him, I can only imagine the pain his loss must bring. You have my deepest sympathy.

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  14. Matthew Protti

    From someone who worked with Alex in the technology space in Calgary, I can certainly say his presence will be missed. My condolences to his family.

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  15. Hisham Al-Shurafa

    From my brief interactions with Alex in the startup community, it was evident that he was passionate about what he did and a true advocate for entrepreneurs. He will be missed.

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  16. Arpad Barabas

    Having interacted with Alex on numerous occasions over the years, his enthusiasm, humour, and dedication to helping entrepreneurs will be missed in the community. My condolences to his family.

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  17. Alex has made such a huge impact on the business world. He has enabled hundreds of Canadian companies to have their story heard the right way! He was one of my key mentors that I worked with closely over 4 year. I will never forget him because he changed the way I present, sell and pitch and that will be with me forever.

    Thank you Alex for your contribution and efforts, it has not gone unnoticed.

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  18. Scott Pickard

    RIP Alex – your legacy will continue.

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  19. Raja B. Singh

    Had the opportunity to work and interact with Alex over several years at Innovate Calgary and found him to be a warm, enthusiastic and very collegial individual. God bless his soul and provide strength to the family to bear his loss.

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  20. David Bocking

    I had the pleasure of being Alex’s colleague for the last 8 months at Alberta Innovates. His passion for helping startups was second to none. I learned a great deal from Alex in the few months and know that countless others have as well. His impact on our community will carry on through the success he has enabled. He will be missed by many. My condolences to the family.

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  21. Rest Peacefully Alex – Thank you for being a great mentor and inspiration. You will be missed greatly. My sincere condolences to your family and loved ones.

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  22. Frank Schmelzl

    I’m blessed to have been a long time friend of Alex. He was truly a special person in my life and others. I recall fond memories of the times we spent hiking in the mountains together – a passion we both shared. My thoughts and prayers are with his family & friends. A decent and honourable man, Alex fought a good fight. I take comfort knowing that he is with his creator now and that His spirit lives on in every life that he touched. Until we meet again Alex – Rest in Peace.

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