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Born: Dec 02, 1942

Date of Passing: Oct 29, 2008

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BLAIR MACLEAN It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the death of Blair MacLean on Wednesday, October 29, 2008 at Victoria General Hospital. Blair passed peacefully after suffering a heart attack. Besides his parents, Blair was predeceased by his first wife Anne, his brother Gary, and sister-in-law Monica. Blair will leave an empty space in the heart of his loving wife Marcia, his son Kevin and wife Christine, his granddaughters Maya and Samara, his son Gillis and wife Wanda, his brother Bob (Armie, Mike and Mark), his sister Janice MacKay (Bobby, Roberta, Janice-Lynn and Kathy), his cousin Sharon Currie (Mike, Michael and Kerry), his beloved nephews Paul, Travis and David MacLean, his mother-in-law Joanne Demorest, sister-in-law Shannon Uhryniuk (Eugene, Julian and Dylan) sister-in-law Michelle Demorest-Voth (Alfie, Nick and Cayden), brother-in-law Brian Demorest (Jayne, Caeleb, Eli, Sada, Molly, Greg and Andrea). He loved you all. He was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia on December 2, 1942. Blair was an inspiration to so many people. He was an incredible comedian, musician, artist, singer, bread maker, cook, gardener, dancer, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Blair started his career in art as a commercial artist in the RCAF in 1960. He went on to develop his musical craft creating the band The Vicious Circle with his brother Gary, which lead to the formation of the notorious duo of MacLean and MacLean. They became legends in the world of Canadian comedy and toured across Canada and Europe for over thirty years. Blair saw the world through an artist's eyes. He filled our home with art and colour which transcended into his gardens in his last years. His greatest inspiration was the artist Monet. Blair's passion for life flowed over into everything he did and to everyone around him. Blair's home was always open to everyone and especially to all the children in his life. He knew how to listen to the children and spent many hours with them teaching them to draw, play guitar or sing. He loved to cook big meals for everyone and his best times were spent surrounding himself with friends and family for Sunday dinner and song. Blair was known for his ability to make people laugh, his wicked sense of humour, sharp wit, and how he always made everyone feel at home. Blair's list of friends is so large and so grand. Much like how he lived life. Your numbers are too many to mention you ALL know how much he LOVED you! Blair will always be remembered as one of a kind..they broke the mould as he is irreplaceable. Good-bye Hunny Bunny. I'll love you forever. Geezette A celebration of Blair's life will be held on Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 4:00 p.m. at Mosaic Funeral Chapel (corner of Inkster Blvd. and Keewatin St.) In lieu of flowers please make donations to the C.N.I.B. Canadian National Institute For the Blind, 1080 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3G 3M3. For online condolences or to light a memorial candle, please log onto MOSAIC FUNERAL, CREMATION AND CEMETERY SERVICES 1839 INKSTER BLVD 275-5555

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 01, 2008

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Blair and I were in his barrack room in Gimli as he was getting to know his Gibson 12 string guitar that had arrived that day. He loved that instrument from the moment he strummed the first chord. We heard on the radio that afternoon that JFK had been shot. So sorry to have just learned of Blair’s passing, and sorry that we had lost touch. RIP - Posted by: John Bowser (Friend) on: May 23, 2020

  • To one of the greatest performers I have ever met. Both Blair and Gary have made me laugh since I was a child and I still listen to their lyrics to their songs. I had the pleasure of actually meeting both in Halifax in the 1990s and will never forget either of them. My condolences to Blairs family and friends. He surely is missed both he and Gary. - Posted by: Marie (Fan) on: Aug 07, 2016

  • I Met Blair & Gary for The First Tyme During FROSH-WEEK @ Laurentian University 1975, Where They Were Head-Lining At the GREAT-HALL.Because I Knew They Were From Cape Breton I Made Certain That I Met Both Lads & Introduced Myself.My Father Lynn-O'Tucky MacLean Was Born & Raised in Glace Bay Cape Breton & I Thought Perhaps We Might Even Be Related somehow..Regardless We Never Did Figure it Out But We Became Fast Friends And From that First Meeting in 1975 at University, I Would Attend Performances By The Lads In Toronto/Calgary/& Vancouver and THEY Always Made Me Feel Welcome and at Home With Them on the ROAD.To Me They Were Just Fine People That Were Born Entertainers That Played Great Music And Sang Even Better.From Tyme To Tyme A Lonely Burton Cummings Would Turn-Up at Their Gigs and Their Performance Would Change To Accomadate Cummings and the Singing and Harmonies that Resulted were Better than any of the Best of Crosby/Stills/&-Nash, They Literally Soared To Incredible Heights Bringing Cheers And Applause & Standing Ovations.I Last Saw The Brothers Perform in the Early Nineties I Believe and at that Last Rendezvous They Made Me Feel Ever So Happy To Be In Their Company.I Loved Their Obtuse Humour and Miss Being Able To Amble into a Sold-Out Club-Date and Say Hello .Blair Was a Wonderful Generous Individual That Always Remembered Me As Did Gary.One Tyme while Getting Ready to Leave Their Hotel Room After an After Show Visit They Both Grabbed Their Guitars and Seranaded Me By Singing an Ode To O'Tucky,that went:**O'Tucky-NO-Tucky OH! Don't Go Just Went O'Tucky OH! GOD BLESS BLAIR and GARY TOO They Brightened Thousands of Lives With Wonderful Ribald Performances.It Was Indeed My Pleasure To Have Known Both Lads. CHEERS: OTucky MacLean - Posted by: O'Tucky MacLean (Aquaintance/Friend/&-Fan) on: Jun 04, 2015

  • I remember Blair because of Kevin. I taught Kevin in Grade 2 at Radisson School in Transcona. Blair came to my class often and sang and drew for the children and they loved it. He gave them a wonderful time aand even after 40 years I remember him fondly ...singing that duck song!!! what a dad he was!! - Posted by: Marilyn Hanssen (Acquaintance) on: Nov 01, 2008

  • We are saddened by Blair's passing and wish to express our sincere sympathies to family members and friends. Luci & Bill Merritt Ajijic, Jalisco, Mexico - Posted by: Luci Merritt (Friend) on: Nov 01, 2008

  • We remember many good times with Blair and Gary when opening up for MacLean and MacLean in Toronto. We know that Gary will be greatly missed but they have a hell of a comedy team happening now in Heaven. Our best to the families G.P. and Chris Partland (Partland Brothers and Oliver Heaviside) - Posted by: George Partland (Friend) on: Nov 01, 2008

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