Dr. Alexander Joseph Finlayson was born on the 18th of May, 1906 in Plummer Township, Ontario, the son of Gregor John Finlayson and the former Hannah May Torence. His parents were farmers near Rydal Bank. He had an older sister Rebecca and 3 younger siblings: Anna, John and Gordon. Dr. Finlayson graduated from the University of Toronto in 1938.
Dr. Finlayson served as a surgeon in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII. Dr. Finlayson married Beatrice Pearl Abbs on the 14th of October, 1941 in Clarkson, Ontario. Mrs. Finlayson was born on the 3rd of September, 1919 in Toronto, the daughter of Herbert and Edna Abbs. She had an older brother named Edward and an older sister named Ethel. Dr. and Mrs. Finlayson had 3 daughters, Ruth, Donna and Susan.
Dr. Finlayson practiced in Toronto and St. Catharines before moving to Dallas Texas in 1951. The Finlayson family resided at 642 Genoa Street in Dallas.
Dr. Finlayson and his family returned to Ontario and he was the Superintendent of the Ontario Hospital School in Cedar Springs when it opened in 1961. He moved on to a family practice in Brantford in 1964. He retired from medicine in 1990. Dr. Finlayson was a founding shareholder of the Oaks of St. George Golf Club in Brampton, which opened in 1992.
Dr. Finlayson died on the 27th of May, 2000 at the age of 94.