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PEACOCK, Blair Alexander

May 13, 1954 – Brandon, MB
January 19, 2015 – Calgary, AB

Blair Alexander Peacock, P.Eng. passed away peacefully, in the arms of his loved ones, on Monday, January 19, 2015 at the age of 60 years after a long and courageous battle with multiple myeloma.

Blair was born in Brandon, MB, and raised in Winnipeg where he graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Civil Engineering degree. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and companion. He was devoted to his family, who meant the world to him, and treasured time spent with them. He also had a myriad of lifelong friends who will remember his sly sense of humour. A quiet, honest and principled man, Blair had a stellar career first with Alberta Transportation and then with Torchinsky/AMEC where he was a Senior Vice President. An athlete all his life, Blair played university soccer while earning his engineering degree, and played hockey until his diagnosis. He had a lifelong love of golf and got his third hole in one in August at Sirocco, his home course. He also had a special love for the Graham family cottage at Moose Lake and made annual trips there from Alberta with his family each summer.

Blair’s memory will be cherished by his daughters, Brooke, Dawn (Graham Shanks) and Brianne (Jarvis Schmid); precious grandchildren, Kalia, Myla and Jackson; and his loving and constant companion Heather Tudor and her family. He is also survived by his brothers Kent Peacock and Jeff Gillespie; sister Valerie Peacock; brothers-in-law and sisters–in-law, Cam, Jan, Dave and Marsha Graham; and nieces and nephews, Giselle, Taylor, Ryan, Andrew, Alex and Derek. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Carol in 2007; by his parents Jack and Betty Peacock; step-mother Louise Peacock; Carol`s parents Donald and Vivien Graham; sister Carolyn Gillespie; and nephew Christopher.

A Celebration of Blair’s Life will be held at Hillhurst United Church (1227 Kensington Close N.W. Calgary, AB) on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to SAMPS (Southern Alberta Myeloma Patient Society), P.O. Box 8165 Station A Calgary, AB, T2H 0H7.

In living memory of Blair Peacock, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Dave Chalcroft :

    My sincere condolences to Blair’s family. Blair worked on the Deerfoot Trail South Extension and the Stony Trail NW sector. He was a talented Professional Engineer who always had a solid command of the technical solutions to project challenges and could be counted on for enlightened advice. He will be missed.

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  2. I first got to know Blair growing up in Windsor Park in Winnipeg. We were teammates playing soccer at Winakwa Community Club and then original team members at Fort Rouge United after we turned 18. That was a team like no other we had ever played for. No superstars but a camaraderie and bond unlike anything we had experienced before. Blair was a huge part of that and we were all best friends at that time. We moved up through the divisions, played in tournaments in Minneapolis, Thunder Bay and Winnipeg, went camping on week-ends and of course beers after practices and games. We were all inseparable and enjoyed a lot of successes on the soccer field. On every team there is always a core group of 5 or 6 players that all activities revolved around or started with. Blair was definitely part of that core. I think Blair would agree, we had a lot of good times playing on that team. Some of us from that team, still get together for beers every 3 months or so and at the next outing we will definitely hoist and have a beer for you.

    Rest in peace buddy,
    Your teammates

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  3. Lori Gillespie :

    My sincere and most heartfelt sympathies to Brooke, Dawn and Brianne and their families. I am thinking of all of you and sending love and healing thoughts. Uncle “Bear”, as Taylor once called him, was one of the kindest men I’ve ever known. I cherish the memories I have of him and of Carol.

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  4. Connie Rosenstein :

    I am very saddened to hear about Blair’s passing. Only met him a few times but it was obvious he was a great person. I knew Carol and she was certainly a wonderful person also. We lived across the street on Mt. Alberta View. My sincere sympathies to Brooke, Dawn and Brianne and families. They both had such wonderful things to say about their daughters.
    Connie Rosenstein

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  5. Brian Murnaghan :

    My deepest sympathy to Blair’s family. I played hockey with Blair on the Roadrunners. He was a true gentleman. Always enjoyed a few pints with him after the game.

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  6. Our sincerest condolences to the Peacock family. I first met Blair in university while attending engineering at the U of M and have remained friends since. We crossed paths with Blair (and Carol) many times over the years since graduating from the U of M. We visited the Peacock household in Canmore and spent time in Lethbridge, when we both lived there. Most recently I visited with Blair several times over the past few years, when I came down to Calgary. The world will be a little less brighter with Blair not here. Will be thinking of you.


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  7. Catherine Phelps :

    Dear Brooke, Dawn, Graham, Brianna, Jarvis, Heather and family – my deepest condolences to you on the loss of your beloved father and loving companion. I know Kent was sad that he was not able to reconnect with Blair before his passing. I only met your dad once at Dawns wedding but found him to be a warm and compassionate man. He leaves behind a cherished legacy of his his loving children and grandchildren. I’m certain he left an indelible footprint in the lives of those who knew and loved him. Peace be with you all.
    Love Catherine

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  8. Brooke, Dawn, Graham, Brianne and Jarvis my sincere and heartfelt sympathy on the loss of Blair. Blair quietly, gently and lovingly guided you after the loss of your Mom, Carrol. Your sorrow is great but your memories will be greater.

    Much love to all of you.

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  9. Leanne (McClements) Johnson :

    May love and the peace of God see Brooke, Dawn, and Brianne through this most difficult time. I have fond memories of Blair from my childhood. He is my direct cousin by way of me being the daughter of Anne (Peacock) McClements who was the only sister of my Uncle Jack (John Peacock) my grandfather’s namesake. I have wonderful memories of childhood with Blair and his brother Kent and his sister Valerie before my Aunt Betty (Jack’s first wife) passed. We spent summers at Lake Winnipeg at my grandmother and grandfather’s (Elizabeth and John Peacock) cabin… outhouse included!! Lazy summer days of crochet, swimming, and getting water from the pump down the street and pulling it back in the wagon. As I read the obituary and some of the condolences, it struck me how much Blair must have remained the same. I remember Blair, the child, much the way Blair, the man, is described…..sweet, kind, quietly purposed, and genuinely nice. Wonderful to know that he grew up to be such a wonderful person …… you girls are so blessed to call him dad. I have pictures of your dad as a child somewhere in my many boxes and old albums. I will search for them and scan them to you to share. Again, my sincerest sympathy for your loss. I regret we did not move into adulthood connected with one another, however, my mother always shared your births with me and details about your lives as she knew it. I believe I remember her making Brooke a beautiful white shawl at her birth and perhaps knitted a sweater or two for Blair’s baby girls. Thoughts and comforts to all of you!

    With Love,
    Leanne Johnson

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  10. Giselle Peacock Rojas :

    I was so sad to hear about the loss of my uncle Blair . Brooke, Dawn, Brianne , my heart especially goes out to you and your family . I know it has been a very hard year for you all and I am sending lots of love and warm thoughts for your recovery . Cherish your memories .

    I have great regret that all these years have gone by I didn’t get to spend much time with you all .

    Lots of love to you all ,


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  11. Nancy and Dilip Shamanna :

    We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Blair. We got to know him through the myeloma support group here. He was always a really helpful person, and very brave too. We hope that your wonderful memories of Blair will help you at this really difficult time.

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  12. Lenard Soroka :

    To the Peacock family, my sincere sympathy to you. I was fortunate to work with Blair, on a number of Alberta Roadbuilder & Heavy Construction Association initiatives. Whether we were organizing a conference, challenging Alberta Transportation specifications, attending a function or just having a sandwich, this special man was a pleasure to be around. I know I’ll miss him. Let your memories be your guiding light and may your sorrow be healed by family, friends and time.

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  13. My sincere condolences to the family. Blair was definitely a very special gentleman, co-worker and friend.

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  14. Chili and Sue Laszynski :

    Oh my, no words to express the loss you must feel. Brooke, Dawn, Brianna, our deepest condolences to you and your family. A wonderful man, father, husband and friend to all who knew him. Chili played with Blair on the River City Hockey Team. We will always remember when they played in Crowsnest Pass (golf/hockey tournament) we all camped together. What a great time!
    Our sons, Jeff and Matt send their condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
    Chili, Sue, Jeff & Matt

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  15. Dale (McClements) Kephart :

    May the love of great memories be in your hearts through this difficult time. I am Blair’s cousin, daughter of Samuel & Anne (Peacock) McClements. My Mother was my Uncle Jack (John) Peacock’s sister. I have wonderful childhood memories of family vacations. My fondest memories with Blair, Kent and Valerie were at our grandparents’ (John & Elizabeth Peacock) cottage at Lake Winnipeg. We had fun every summer at the lake, the boardwalk, carnival rides, games, and hide & seek around the trees at the cottage. I remember Blair as quiet, reflective, kind, and through patience getting the upper hand on his older cousins.
    My parents always kept our family up to date on the Peacock & Gillespie family. Brooke, Dawn, & Brianne, I have memories of dresses sewn for you as small girls. Between my sister Leanne, brother Wayne, and myself, we will dig out family photos and send them your way.
    As I read about Blair in the obituary, his genuine qualities reminded me of the child I knew. May the love your family shared remain with you and may God’s grace shine upon you.

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  16. Girls:
    I was so sorry to hear the news of your Dad’s passing when Kaitlyn called me, also that I was unable to come up to Calgary for Blair’s Memorial Service. I hope that Kait, Meg and I will be able to visit with you soon.
    Thinking of you all,

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  17. I’m now the person who knew my brother, Blair, the longest, though I’m sure not the best. Living in different countries, we didn’t see each other that often. I thought I’d share some reminiscences that came up while I thought about Blair.

    Growing up, we were always competitive with each other. When young, we shared a bedroom with twin beds, and at night, there was often a game to see who could get out of bed and give the other the last whack. The winner was usually our Mother, who would come in and give us both a whack – which ended the game. Later, perhaps to avoid competition when I took the academic path and excelled, he chose to concentrate on sports.

    We shared a car when we were in high school, and he had an incredible knack of bringing it home with just enough gas to get to the gas station. I think he must have put in $1 worth at a time. It drove me crazy.

    The other thing we shared was golf. Having 4 Scottish grandparents will do that. Both my Mom and Dad played, and my grandfathers. In the summers when at the lake, we would all go play the Winnipeg Beach and Gimli golf courses, sometimes with my uncle and cousin. We also played with my friend Dave Wilson and his brother Darrell at the Transcona Golf Club.

    When Blair and Carol got married, I thought, “Wow! How did he get so lucky?” She was beautiful and sweet. One just has to look at the family they produced to see how right it was. He had a joke, though, that he told more than once: he said he would come home really late, and be asked, “Why didn’t you call?” and his answer was that he didn’t want to get chewed out twice. I’m not convinced that he actually ever said that. That was, of course, before cell phones.

    I’ve been reading and hearing how well regarded Blair was in his professional career. He (and I) probably inherited that competence from our Dad, also a civil engineer. He ran the entire Manitoba Highways Department, and once said he could do the job with one hand behind his back. The traits of honesty and integrity that have been mentioned were also qualities I think we learned from our Dad.

    Lastly, I want to acknowledge and thank Heather for being with Blair during the too-short time they had together. They were supposed to come down to Pebble Beach and play in a tournament with Dave Wilson and me last fall. It would have been a nice recreation of our high school days, though on quite a bit better golf course. I know he would have loved it.

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