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James Edward  Blair

James Edward Blair

Saturday, November 12th, 1938 - Wednesday, April 1st, 2020
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Obituary

Peacefully, Ed left us to be with his wife of 58 years, Mary Blair (Scott), who pre-deceased him by 2 months. Loving father to Kathy Vandenheuvel (Ted), Susan Blair-Drouin (Luc) and Debbie Jansen (Mel). Survived by his brother Robert (Jayne) Blair and pre-deceased by sisters Shirley Mitchell and Betty Devolin and his parents Cyril and Aileen (Wuorio) Blair. Adoring grandfather to Megan Jansen (Anthony Moore) Blair Vandenheuvel (Christopher O’Keefe), Kaisie Vandenheuvel (Matt Brown), Danielle Drouin (Jeffery Wilson) and Nolan Drouin. Great Grandfather to Dara, Rowan and Taylor. Ed’s eyes always lit up when any of these would come for a visit, especially in the last year.
Ed worked his entire career at the Ministry of Transportation and he would quite proudly say that he finished High School on the Friday and started working on the Monday morning. He started in June 1957 and retired 36 years later in March 1993. Ed and Mary purchased their starter home in Milton in July 1969, their kids and grandkids were raised there and they did not sell until 50 years later in April 2019. Many celebrations, parties and BBQ’s were held here creating many, many memories. Ed was very involved in all things Milton and enjoyed many activities including coaching Boys Hockey and Girls Softball, he was a proud Member of the Milton Legion, playing darts, pool and cards there and also participated with Mary in the Milton bowling leagues.
Unfortunately, due to the circumstance of the world today, we will not be able to celebrate Ed’s life the way it should be celebrated. The plans are for a memorial service at a later date for both Mary and Ed.
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Toivo Saari

Posted at 04:21pm
Ed and I grew up as next door rural neighbors in Cameron Township (Mattawa) for approximately 20 years, until Ed moved away. I was only 3 months older than Ed so one can realize how close we were to each other in social, educational and "growing up" activities. I will constantly have thoughts about those years spent together with Ed and his cousins who were also very close neighbors.
I extend my most sincere sympathies to the immediate family members of the late Ed and Mary Blair. May they both rest in peace. - Toivo Saari
 
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Debbie Posted at 05:32pm

Thank you Toivo, I spent some time reading out loud to dad from a memory book that Uncle Bob, Dad’s brother, had started. I think he enjoyed the memories and he kept correcting me on how to pronounce all of the Finnish names. I know he remembered you fondly.
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Linda McPherson

Posted at 03:41pm
We are very saddened by cousin Ed's passing. We send our heartfelt condolences to all his family. Over the years we had many fun times together and enjoyed Ed playing the piano and accordion. When we were kids we had a lot of family get togethers in the back country. Many good memories.
Love to all, Linda & Al McPherson.
 
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Debbie Posted at 05:33pm

Thank you Linda
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Judy Cope

Posted at 06:25am
Kathy, Susan, Debbie, and families
So sorry to hear of your dad's passing so soon after your Mom
I have fond memories of Uncle Ed's laugh, accordion playing, and cigars when our families got together. Our thoughts are with you and we look forward to getting together, hopefully this summer.
 
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Debbie Posted at 05:35pm

Thank you Judy. We definitely need to have more family reunions. I hope you and all your family are safe.
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Laurie MacNab

Posted at 10:12am
To Ed's family, I offer my condolences on the passing of a delightful gentleman. I enjoyed our little chats at the Legion whether it was Monday night darts or Tuesday euchre over the years. He was always supportive of what we offered to our members. I did not know he played the accordion, I'll bet he was great to listen to at all the gatherings it would appear he and Mary hosted. Enjoy all the fun memories, I am sure you have many. Sincerely, Laurie MacNab
 
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Debbie Posted at 05:38pm

Thank you Laurie, I know everyone has great memories of Dad and Mom.
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Jean Aubin

Posted at 08:07am
In Honor of Ed & Mary Blair, From from Don & Jean Aubin,Jack & Loretta Leachman, Sandra & Verdon Reid, Ken & Pat Leachman & Gail Abbott.
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Debbie Posted at 05:36pm

Thank you to all, so many great memories with all of you, great friends to Mom and Dad.
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