Western University, Department of Communication & Public Affairs
Westminster Hall, Suite 360, London, Ontario, Canada, N6A 3K7
Tel: 519-661-2045 • Fax: 519-661-3921
Remembering: Ms. Alexandra Miletic, BA'12
Alexandra Elyse Miletic was born on September 17, 1990 in Windsor, ON. The world would never be the same. Ally, as she was called, drove her sleep-depraved parents crazy by waking up at night every 45 minutes. The doctor said it was colic. Her parents knew better.
They believed the reason Ally didn't want to sleep was that she wanted mental stimulation. She craved experience; to see, touch, smell, hear, taste and most of all to cram as much life as possible into every waking moment - and my gosh, how she did!
At four years old she began to argue with her parents’ friends and family. She had already found her calling in life.
In grade school she began to jump rope competitively. Finally, her parents thought, something to curtail that boundless energy. She and her younger sister Olivia wound up jumping all the way to the Canadian Championships. Ally earned her community service hours in high school by teaching kids how to skip.
To use the old cliche '”her smile lit up the room” wouldn't do her justice. Ally owned the room. She was radiant and could make a friend for life in the blink of an eye.
She really began to bloom when she started at Western. Always outgoing, she had discovered her utopia. Her Western experience was everything she could have dreamed of and more. So many people to talk to and learn from. So many stories of her famous Richmond Row shenanigans to share. She was fiercely proud of her school.
Ally was on the Dean's Honour list. She sat on the Environmental Committee at Western. She wrote her LSAT exams and was on the waiting list for Western, Queen's and Windsor Law schools.
As a testament to how easily she could make a lasting impression, many of the hundreds of people who attended her Memorial Service had only met her once but still felt compelled to express their condolences.
Ally passed away in Bracebridge on August 21, 2012 from an extremely rare brain tumour. She had a colloid cyst, which represents one per cent of all brain tumours. In addition to these long odds, three people in a million will actually die from having this kind of cyst. We always said Ally was one in a million. She is survived by her mother, father, sister, grandparents and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Ally’s family is starting a charity that will raise funds to build a bereavement retreat to help families that have lost a child. For more information, visit: Alexandras-Haven.tumblr.com.
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