It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of our husband, father, father-in-law, and grandpa, Dennis Blair on Tuesday, June 1st, 2021. Dennis was born in Indian Head, SK on April 29th, 1938, son of Hector and Kathleen Blair. He grew up in Indian Head, meeting the “love of his life” there, a new young teacher that had come to town. Dennis and Alma (née: Peel) were married in a small country church, Knox United in Grayburn, SK on August 27th, 1960, and they made Moose Jaw, SK their home.
Dennis worked in various occupations, Red Seal Interprovincial Mechanic, Autobody, and his last profession was as a Journeyman Boilermaker Local 555. This profession took him on many journeys across Canada.
Dennis had two loves, his first being his family. He called daily to his daughters and grandchildren, always with an “I love you”. He was also the biggest fan of anything his girls or grandchildren were involved in. His second love was his dogs, or anyone else’s dog. They were sure to be loved up by him.
Dennis found enjoyment in life restoring old cars, and the driveway was never big enough! He passed his love of them to his girls, making sure they both had one. Riding his 1979 Harley Electra Glide beside his “Girlfriend” on her bike gave him great joy through many mountain passes they travelled together.
After a work injury in 1987, Dennis’ life changed. He found he had a gift he never knew he had. The talent of carving songbirds and decoys, winning many awards. Every Christmas his girls and grandchildren were given a different carved Santa of some kind. He enjoyed seeing our faces as we saw them for the first time.
Dennis leaves behind his “Girlfriend” of 61 years, Alma; daughter, Jacqui (Dale) Wilson; granddaughter, Talissa; daughter, Stephanie (Blair) Yuke; grandchildren, Devin and Cali; as well as his best friend, Taco.
Our family would like to thank Dr. Ramadan and Dr. Rodwin for the wonderful care and compassion towards Dennis. As well as to the nursing staff and students on the Medicine Ward at the Dr. F.H. Wigmore Regional Hospital. Their care and compassion during his last days will never be forgotten. We would like to thank the care staff at Providence Place Unit – 1 Edgar Hall, and Central Butte Regional Manor Nursing Home for his last 6 months of care. Dennis also enjoyed going to McGuire Center, where he loved the staff and friendships he made. Thank you to everyone who touched his life. We are forever grateful.
A Private Family Service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are entrusted to Moose Jaw Funeral Home, 268 Mulberry Lane. Andrew Pratt Funeral Director 306-693-4550
So sorry to hear of your loss.
Alma and Family
We were sorry to read of Dennis’ passing. Our condolences to you all. Carol (Rose) and Bruce Dorward.
Our deepest condolences on your loss of this super guy. We enjoyed the many visits we had during his free time. Many super chats and his caring sentiments. The machine shop visits will be sorely missed.
Ron and Scott
Remember the good times and He will always be with you. Prayers and thoughts for all the family at this time of sorrow.
Dear Blair family . So sorry to hear of dennis’s passing . Hold all the dear memories in your heart . Thinking of you at this time . Hugs Bertha
I always enjoyed talking to Dennis. Interesting person.
Our deepest condolences Stephanie & Blair and family.
So sorry for your loss of your dad condolences to you and family our thoughts and prayers are with you all .
Steph, Blair and family…So sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. You are in our thoughts at this difficult time.
I am so sorry to hear about Dennis’ passing. Thinking of you all.
Steph, Blair and family
Sorry to hear about your loss . It’s always hard to lose someone you held so close in your heart. Take care
SENDING MY SINCERE SYMPATHY TO THE BLAIR FAMILY
Alma and family so sorry to hear of Dennis passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dear Alma and family. I extend my deepest sympathy to all of you on the passing of Dennis. I always enjoyed our talks and visits. He was a very talented and unique man who stood out from others because of his passions and love of what he did. May those memories carry you forward in the years to come, but now it is time to grieve and miss him “being there”. Blessings and love, Elaine
Wayne and I would like to express our most sincere condolences to all of Dennis’ family. We have many great memories of the visits and laughs we would have with Dennis.
Our most sincere condolences to the Blair family. Our thoughts are with all of you.
Dear Alma, Jacque, Stephanie and family, I am so sorry to read of the passing of Dennis. I remember his laugh and the visits Ray and I would have with him. He was a character. His love for you Alma and his family was always present. May the memories of your life with Dennis bring you comfort, a smile and a laugh or two. Love, Cathie Bell
He will live forever in our hearts. So sorry Alma and family…
Stephanie, Blair and family condolence on the loss of your Dad
Jacqui and Talissa, my deepest sympathies on the passing of your father and grandfather. The obituary is a lovely tribute to a man who was obviously cherished by many. Take care.
Our most sincere condolences to Stephanie, Blair and family.
Our deepest sympathy to Alma, to Stephanie, Blair, Devin and Cali, and to Jackie, Dale and Talissa. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Rest In Peace Dennis.
So sorry to read of your loss of your father and Grandfather, Jacqui and family, Hold on tight to all the good memories …hugs and sympathy….Colette and Dave❤️
Dear Alma, Jacqui, and Steph–only a couple of weeks ago I was thinking of our neighbourhood of the past and missing your presence a lot. There were many long chats and big laughs with Dennis over the years, that is for sure. What a good guy and family to have across the street. To you and your loved ones, Ron and I are just so very sorry.
Gene’s Dennis Memories:
Thoughtful and Generous.
Our wonderful duck and bird carvings.
Taught me the proper way to use a wood chisel.
Breaking up a boiler on East Mountain Road, NY
Breaking up asphalt in Rocklin, CA
Louis l’amour books
Alma, Jacqui, Stephanie and family.
Our sincere condolences to all of you…May you cherish wonderful memories of your husband, Dad and grandpa and hold them close to your hearts… The legacy that he left his girls and grandchildren will be celebrated in the years to come!!!
Take care , Wes & Leslie
I met Dennis when he was boilermaking at Kalium in the mid 80’s. He was such a character. I ran into him a number of times after his horrible accident….at Letchers and later at the mall with his duck carvings. Dennis always maintained a wonderful attitude and was an inspiration to me. I’m sorry to hear of his passing and know he will be missed.
Alma, Jacqui and Stephanie: There are times when the right words just do not exist but want you to know how sorry I was to hear of Denny passing, I only found out yesterday (July 1), I know how much he worshipped you all. Your memories of him will always keep him near. Since Frank retired I don”t get to Moose Jaw like I used to and miss running into you, Alma, from time to time while out shopping. I would have sent a card in the mail but not sure of your address anymore. Time and circumstances sure have a way of losing touch but please know I am thinking of you all at this difficult time.