Sarnia-Lambton philanthropist Judith Alix dies

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Judith and Norman Alix in front of what would become Lambton's art gallery, named in their honour. Judith Alix died Saturday.

One of the people behind the charitable foundation which has supported countless Lambton County projects has passed away.

Judith Alix who with her husband, Norm, founded the Alix Foundation, passed away Saturday. Norm died in 2014.

Alix was a registered nurse until the birth of her son, Joe. According to her obituary, Alix loved supporting her son by driving him and his teammates to their out of town games. “She was the ultimate sports mom to many.” Alix also had a love for horses, dogs, art, music, sports and photography.

She was also Norm’s business partner at Steeplejack Services. They set up the Judith and Norman Alix Foundation saying they wanted to express their gratitude to the community that helped grow their business.

The obituary states Alix “loved living in Sarnia-Lambton and was proud to support the Judith & Norman Alix Art Gallery.” It was the foundation’s donation which kick started the campaign to renovate the downtown building which is now the gallery’s home.

Over the years, the Alix Foundation has supported all kinds of community projects – everything from bleachers for the county’s fairs to special use vehicles for the medically fragile, refurbishing sports field – including Alix Field at Norm Perry Park – to festivals and books.

Since it was formed, the foundation has given $4.6 million to 27 projects in Lambton County