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 www.mcinnisandholloway.com. 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.Print This Obituary & Condolences