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BLAIR, Derek Walter

October 2, 1932 – Didsbury Cheshire, England
January 21, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta

Derek Walter Blair passed away peacefully on January 21 at the age of 82.

Derek leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Pauline; three sons Geoffrey (Andrea), Derek (Claire), Roger (Sonia); and six grandchildren Catherine, Jonathan, Izabel, Michael, Kieran, Jaya.

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Park Memorial, 5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

In living memory of Walter Blair, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Jacqueline Bénard et famille :

    You and your family are in our prayers.

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  2. Georgette Richard & Children :

    Our deepest sympathy to all the family – We will remember Walter with his laugh especially when we were playing cards when he lived in Ottawa – he will be missed.

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  3. Marie Claire Bertrand :

    Deepest sympathies to the family, we worked together and he was a great friend.

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  4. I had the good fortune of meeting Wally when working in the Research and Development (CRAD) branch of National Defence in Ottawa. Wally was, among other things, an artist, and sometimes donated his paintings for a raffle to raise funds for charity. He made many friends while there. My condolences to his family.

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  5. Isabelle Campbell :

    I knew Wally when he worked in Ottawa at CRAD. We had many good laughs and he was one of the nicest people I ever worked with. When he heard that I loved old barns, he did a pastel for me. I still treasure it. My sympathy in this trying time.

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  6. I had the pleasure of working for Wally in Chief Research and Development Branch (CRAD) back in the 80’s. He was always smiling and loved to joke around with his staff. It has been said that when you work for someone, you will never forget them. I will never forget Wally, he was the most kind boss I have ever worked for. Please accept my condolences Pauline and Family.

    Linda Baggs
    Orleans, Ontario

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  7. Victor Cromarty :

    I worked with Wally at the Spacial Investigation Section (DND) in Ottawa and prior to that in 1958 at CFB Borden. I will miss Wally and send my profound condolences to each member of his family. God Bless.

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  8. Dear Mrs Blair and family:

    My deepest condolences.

    I worked with “Wally” at DND HQ and on Rideau Street. He was a good friend and I could always count on him for help. When he retired he gave me a chalk drawing. Now, when I look at it, it will remind me of the fun we had, especially when he would look at my paintings and the comments he would make. Working with, and for Wally were the best times at DND.

    Again, my sympathy to you and your family.

    Marlene Rock
    Ottawa, ON

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  9. Dear Mrs. Blair, I was with much sadness that I read in the Ottawa Citizen of Derek’s death. He and I served in the Canadian Provost Corps when it existed and I always saw him as a level headed individual with much to give to the service, a first rate soldier. After retirement, we often ran into each other in the east end of Ottawa and would chat about the old Corps. Please accept my condolences to you and all family members at this sad time. Sincerely, Robert T. Hall, Colonel, (retired).

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  10. M. R. (Mel) Pittman :

    Worked under Wally’s supervision at Gagetown Provost Det in the early sixties and have the fondest memories of him. On behalf of the Canadian Provost Corps Association, I send my sincere sympathies to his family. Rest in peace old Provost!

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  11. Pauline and family – my sincere condolences. I was working with Wally when he retired from DND/CRAD. He was a great person to work with. In fact I am the first person Wally ever sold a painting to after an art exhibition. I had to fight with him to get him to sell it. In fact when Wally retired he gave everyone in the office a painting/water colour as a farewell gift to us. I still have the paintings hanging on the wall.

    He will be missed.

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