Philanthropist and Business Executive Peter Alfond Passes Away

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WATERVILLE, Maine (WABI) Philanthropist and business executive peter Alfond died Monday night.

The Harold Alfond foundation says he developed complications from malaria that he contracted on a trip to Africa.

He was the son of Harold Alfond and Dorothy "Bibby" Alfond.

He founded the Peter Alfond foundation to support educational, health-related and other charitable causes in Maine, New England and the Caribbean.

Alfond had also been a senior executive at Dexter shoe company, which his father founded.

Peter Alfond was 65.

Senators Angus King and Susan Collins also released statements yesterday in condolences to Alfond's passing:

Senator King wrote:

"Like so many others across Maine, I am saddened to learn of Peter's passing," Senator King said. "His generosity, along with his never-ending passion for helping others, has fundamentally changed our state for the better. Peter will be remembered for his kind heart, his great philanthropy, and his unwavering commitment to the people of Maine, and while today we are poorer for his loss, we are ultimately stronger for his having been such an extraordinary friend to our state."

Senator Collins wrote:

"Like his father, Peter Alfond was an extraordinarily generous individual who gave back so much to Maine. Peter dedicated his life to improving the wellbeing of others through his support of education, health care, and other laudable causes. His vision and goodwill for our state have left a rich and lasting legacy. Although Peter will be deeply missed, his passion, altruism, and dedication to the people of Maine will never be forgotten."