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BLAIR, Douglas Steen

August 15, 1934 – October 4, 2014

Doug was born on the homestead six miles south of Naco, Alberta, the youngest of five children, Joffre, Doris, Marjorie and Jack. When Doug was four years old the family moved to Naco where his father was the elevator agent for Alberta Wheat Pool. He attended Naco one room school for Elementary and Junior High, Oyen for Grade 10 and Red Deer Composite High School for grades 11 and 12.

Doug apprenticed as an electrician, first working with the tools on gas plants in Alberta with EC&M Electric, then became a partner in the company and worked in the office as an estimator. He was with EC&M for 40 years, retiring in 1994. Doug and Pat (nee Lawson) were married in Red Deer in 1957. They started their married life in Calgary and are still in the same home Doug helped build in 1959. There they raised four children, Gregory, Karen, Steven and Rhonda.

Doug was predeceased by his eldest son, Gregory Douglas at 17 years of age in 1977, his parents Hazel and OM Blair, his eldest brother Jo Blair, and his eldest sister, Doris Heatherington. He is survived by his wife, Pat; his children, daughter Karen and husband, Stephen and their children Sahhara and Ethan in Toronto; his son Steven and wife, Colette and their children Akaya and Miles in Calgary; his daughter, Rhonda and husband, Ed and their son, Atley in Calgary as well as his sister, Marjorie, his brother Jack (Elaine), brother-in-law Gilbert Heatherington, sister-in-law Marjorie Blair and many nieces and nephews. His grandchildren brought him so much joy and were the light of his life since they started arriving 17 years ago.

Doug, Pat and family express to their Tom Baker Cancer Centre team their heartfelt thanks for seven years of advice, kind concern and expert care. We wish also to thank the AHS Palliative Care team – Josh and other nurses, physiotherapist Maryanne and Dr. Falk for their compassion and care in the last fifteen months. Our appreciation to the instructors in the AHS Living Well Program. Our sincere thanks to Dr. Christopher Gorrie, GP for his constant care.

A Celebration of Doug’s Life will be held at Woodcliff United Church (5010 Spruce Drive SW) on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 2:00 pm. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity dear to your heart.

In living memory of Douglas 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. Delmarie and Bruce McMillan :

    Although it has been many years since we have seen Uncle Doug, I remember him as kind and gentle with a great sense of humour and love for his family. I do know his legacy of his family is a testament to the kind man he was. Our deepest sympathies.
    Delmarie and Bruce McMillan

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  2. Grant Jorgenson :

    I was very sorry to see the obituary of Douglas Blair, and I would like to offer my sympathy to the remaining members of the O M Blair family. I saw Doug sometimes at the McCall Lake golf course, and he was able to enlighten me as to the other members of his family. I went to school in Oyen with Jack and Marjory, and I have always thought the Blair family is one of the nicest families I have ever met.

    Grant Jorgenson

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  3. John MacCrimmon :

    Please accept our condolences for your loss. We are thinking of you at this difficult time…..
    John MacCrimmon and family

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  4. Pat MacDouall (nee Gehrke) :

    Pat and family
    My most sincere sympathy on your loss. Doug was always such a gentle soul. I have many fond memories of the two of you in Red Deer.

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  5. Roxanne Schaub :

    My condolences at the loss of your husband, father and grandfather. I have known your family for many years having gone through school with Karen. I always look at the house as I’m driving by and remember the times spent there as well as with the family at school and community functions. My thoughts are with you at this time and your family will be forever in my memories.
    Roxanne Duncan Schaub

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  6. Gwyneth White Steyn :

    Our warmest thoughts to the Blair family as you struggle at this time of such loss. Truly a ‘first family of Westgate’. On behalf of the White Family

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  7. Kubke, Jeannette :

    Pat and all the family;

    Please accept my sincere condolences on Doug ‘s passing . I didn’t actually know Doug, but it’s enough for me to know that he chose Pat! I’m thinking of you Pat and all the children, big and little, and praying that God will provide the comfort and strength you need right now and in the times ahead.

    Jeannette Kubke

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