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MacLAREN – Blair Eric

February 19, 1924 – February 17, 2010

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful but surprise passing of Blair MacLaren on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 at the Peter Lougheed Centre.

Blair was born in Brudenell, PEI and was a veteran of WWII. Blair travelled the globe during his career as a geophysicist until he finally settled in Calgary and lived here since 1972 where he ran a successful business until his retirement in 1987.

Blair will be greatly missed by his wife of forty-nine years Hazel; daughter Cindy; son Paul (Gwenda); and grandchildren, Justin and Josie; as well as his brother Bruce (Betty); sister Phyllis; and numerous nieces and nephews. Blair was predeceased by his sister Jenny and brother Ken.

A Family Celebration will be held at a later date. In keeping with Blair’s wishes, funeral services will not be held. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial tributes in Blair’s honour may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, Suite 201, 222 – 58th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2S3, Telephone: (403)290-0110, www.alzheimercalgary.com or to the charity of the donor’s choice.

In living memory of Blair MacLaren, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. To Hazel, Cindy, Paul, Gwen, Justin and Josie,
    Our most sincere sympathy. We are all thinking of you these days and hoping you are doing OK and looking after yourselves. Wish we we closer so we could pop in and give you all a hug.
    Blair was so good to all of us. I remember him driving us to Edmonton on our way to BC and the great meals we had at your dining room table. He cooked some great roasts and barbeques and we had some great chats.
    We ordered a tree this morning to be planted in his memory in September. I spoke to the lady @ McInnis Funeral Home and she sounded like such a kind person.
    Love to you all, Ruth and John

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  2. To Hazel and family,
    My sincere sympathy to you all. Blair was “family”. He stayed briefly with us in the rough days after his return from overseas. He was closer in age to my late brother Vernon, also a veteran, but his friendship extended to me as well. Although we met seldom, I have stayed connected through common friends. My thoughts are with you all.
    Lawson Drake.

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  3. To Aunt Hazel, Cindy and Paul
    I have so many great memories of my Uncle Blair. As a young girl, he was always the quiet one, who travelled to exotic places and would bring me back some little treasure like a Puzzle ring from one trip and some Worry Beads from another. Mom and Dad would help me pin point his locations on the globe so we would always feel connected no matter where he travelled.
    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Love Heather

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  4. Karen (Paulssen) Hutley :

    Cindy and Family
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are all in my thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. God Bless.
    Karen (Paulssen) Hutley

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  5. Jayne and Jill :

    Hazel, Cindy, Paul, Gwen, Justin and Josie,
    I was so sad to hear about Uncle Blair’s passing. I’m sure he is gone to a peaceful place, but it was all too soon. I hope you find comfort in each other as Blair would have wanted that. We have you all in our prayers and Jill made a card for you which I’ll mail tomorrow.
    Whenever I see Country Time Lemonade, I think of Blair, so we’ll both have one in his honour.
    Love from PEI,
    Jayne and Jill

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  6. Jane Farquharson :

    Dear Aunt Hazel, Cindy, Paul and family,
    Dad and I send you our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
    Hope to see you and have time to reminisce this summer on PEI.
    Please take care,
    Jane and John Farquharson

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  7. Paul Farquharson :

    Aunt Hazel, Cindy, Paul and Family
    So sorry for your loss. I know you have the strength to deal with anything that comes your way because that is what Blair would want. He was a kind, generous man and he helped me out in more ways than you can imagine. Let’s make sure we celebrate his life when you are on PEI this summer.
    Love to all
    Paul and Jennifer Farquharson

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  8. Robert Farquharson :

    Aunt Hazel, Cindy, Paul and family.

    Our deepest condolences and thoughts from our family to yours. We are so sorry to learn of Uncle Blair’s passing.

    Robert, Jill, Kate and Laura

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  9. The Moar Family :

    We remember Blair with great fondness. The great picnic’s and Christmas Day visits. We hope that Hazel and Cindy and Paul find strength in the thoughts of Blair and all the great memories. We all remember his kindness and caring ways. We all are thinking of you!

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