Alexander McDonald Fleet

Alexander McDonald Fleet

IRVINGTON—Alexander McDonald Fleet, the son of the late Robert Hill and Reubenette Lee Fleet, passed away on September 10, 2021.

He was born on September 23, 1928, and grew up spending time between Irvington and Richmond. He was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School, received his bachelor’s from Virginia Commonwealth University (RPI), and his master’s from the College of William and Mary. 

In 1955, he married Suzanne Gardner and they moved to Richmond where he began his career in education. After 11 years in Richmond, he returned to Irvington and was named director of instruction for Lancaster-Northumberland. In 1969, Alex became the first superintendent of Lancaster County Schools. After 18 years, he became headmaster of York Academy. Following his tenure at York, he was elected to Irvington Town Council, serving for 20 years—the last fourteen as mayor.

He was a founding Member of the Steamboat Era Museum, the president of Mary Ball Washington Museum, and served four years on the Lancaster County School Board.

Alex was a faithful member of Irvington Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, Sunday school superintendent and teacher. He was moderator of the Baptist Association. 

He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years; and his two sisters and their husbands, Jo Lee and Henry Edwards and Leah and T Waller.

He is survived by his children, Annette Fleet Lawrence (Quigg), Martha Lee Fleet Crittenden (Jerry), and Alexander McDonald Fleet Jr. (Sandra). He has eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren (plus two on the way). Also surviving is a brother, Robert Hill Fleet Jr., his best friend and daily sports score keeper. He was blessed for six years with a very loving companion, Barbara Lowry. 

The service and interment were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, September 15, at Irvington Baptist Church. Memorials may be made to Irvington Baptist Church Memorial Garden, P.O. Box 417, Irvington, VA 22480 or Steamboat Era Museum, P.O. Box 132, Irvington VA 22480.

“Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.”—Psalms 116:15

Currie Funeral Home LLC of Kilmarnock handled the arrangements.