Peter G. Alfond, the son of Harold and Dorothy Alfond has passed away at the age of 65.

According to the KJ, the philanthropist, originally from Waterville, passed away from mosquito-born malaria that he had contracted during a recent family trip to Africa.

Living in West Palm Beach, Florida, Alfond was an executive at Dexter Shoe Company, where he was president of PanAm Shoe, the base of Dexter’s Caribbean operations.

Colby College President David Greene issued a statement to the college community Tuesday saying he received the news of Alfond’s passing.  “I spent time with Peter a few weeks back, just before he left on his trip, and he was his usual vibrant, passionate self.  We were discussing one of his favorite topics — how to develop healthy communities and how we could do that at Colby and in central Maine. He was deeply committed to promoting physical, mental, and spiritual health. He expanded my thinking on these issues and inspired me to think more boldly about what is possible with a focused, strategic effort to support healthy lifestyles. Peter was endlessly curious and always onto the next adventure to learn and discover.”

Rest In Peace...  You will be missed.