His widow spoke to Guthrie about life since the loss of her 30-year-old husband.
“I have absolutely moments of sadness that are just coming over me,” said Trebek. “Still, really incredulous that he is – that he’s gone. I miss him very much.”
She also discussed his devotion to charity.
The couple helped fund a new Los Angeles homeless shelter for the Hope of the Valley charity that now bears her family name.
“He loved to represent the underdeveloped countries and communities,” said Jean Trebek. “You know, he really wanted to be a spokesman for the outsider.”
This extended to his desire to be very public about his cancer diagnosis to help others, she said.
“I think this is one of Alex’s gifts, that he can be very determined and know that the truth won’t hurt you, and he wanted to empower people to face any challenge they had in life with a sense of inner strength , inner dignity and cope with love, “she said.