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Born: Nov 16, 1964

Date of Passing: Jul 12, 2021

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November 16, 1964 – July 12, 2021

It is with deep sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of David McCrea Parker Blair on July 12, 2021, in Montréal, Québec.
David was predeceased by his parents, McCrea and Phyllis Blair. He is survived by Mathieu Jolicoeur and sons, Mark and John Blair-Jolicoeur; sisters, Susan (David) Wellard, Sally (Tom) Tasker and Debbie Spindler; father-in-law André Jolicoeur (Ginette Tremblay); sisters-in-law, Annie Jolicoeur (Mathieu Duffar), France Jolicoeur-Bécotte (Pascal Bécotte), Judith Voyer-Potvin (Seydou Conté); many nieces and nephews; members of his birth family with whom he recently connected, his father, Gilbert (Anna) Ducharme; his sister, Odette Ducharme; stepbrothers, Darrin and Darryl Ducharme and Erran and Shannon Nenka; last but far from least, his beloved dog Kaya.
Growing up in Winnipeg, David graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing). He lived and worked in Toronto, and then London, England before settling in Montreal where he found joy and love.
For several years he worked for Radio Canada International and went on to a lengthy career as the business reporter for CBC Radio cross-Canada; both positions provided him great satisfaction with work that he loved and at which he excelled.
We could list many great attributes for David but what really stands out was his dedication and loyalty to friends, family, and all those he loved. He made friends readily and touched many lives with his kindness and generosity. He was such a proud father and having his own family gave him a strong sense of worth and made his life more complete.
David's Christian faith was important to him and sustained him through the difficult times in his life.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 20 at 4:00 p.m. at the Kane & Fetterly Funeral Home chapel, 5301 Decarie Blvd., (corner Isabella). The family will receive condolences prior to the service starting at 2:00 p.m. Service will be streamed live, please contact Nicole Matiation at: for information on the webcast. Condolences may be sent to
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice are welcome.
As his mum always reminded him: ''In the world you shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.''

- John 16:33

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 17, 2021

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • I will always remember and cherish the special times we had, first as a journalist and then a photographer, and ultimately as a much valued friend. May it be said that you were gifted in so many ways, and that you were indeed a bright point of light for those you loved and who loved you, especially Mathieu and your two sons. - Posted by: Fo Niemi (Friend) on: Jul 19, 2021

  • I am deeply saddened to learn that David passed away. We, (my sister and brother and I) grew up together in Fort Gary (Winnipeg). We had an excellent childhood. We spent hours talking on the phone with David, walking up to 7-11, to get "slurpies" during our summer vacations off from school. David would even come on camping trips with my family. On behalf of the Salter family our deepest condolences to David's family. You will live in our hearts forever David, our special memories will live on forever. Deborah Desorcy (Salter) - Posted by: Deborah Desorcy (Friend) on: Jul 19, 2021

  • What a shock and tragedy. While I have not seen David for more than 30 years, I knew of his successes and accomplishments over time and he will be missed by all. His mother Phyllis, Father Mac and sisters Susan, Sally, and Debbie were such a great influence on his life and he was loved and cherished by all the Blair family. Truly the world is a lesser place without him. - Posted by: bob clark (cousin) on: Jul 18, 2021

  • So sorry to learn of David’s passing. My heartfelt condolences to his family, especially Mathieu and the boys. David and I were friends in high school and in university. Our time together was mainly full of laughter but also some more serious “good talks.” I remember him as being kind, gentle, thoughtful, patient, and a loyal friend. He had such a beautiful smile that lit up the room. It is a shame we lost touch over time. - Posted by: Shirley Eckhardt(Sutton) (Friend in Wpg ) on: Jul 18, 2021

  • Sally, Susan and Debbie and families.. Can’t begin to imagine what you are all feeling. I’m so sorry for your loss! Take comfort in each other now, it’s where you’ll get the strength to put one foot in front of the other. Thinking of you all. Love Susan Cheadle - Posted by: Susan Cheadle (Friend of Sally) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • Condolences Sue. So sorry to hear of your brother's death. - Posted by: Claire Taillefer (Sue's friend) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • Just want to say sorry to here this. I went to school with Dave from elementary school to high school. I would listen to you many mornings on your CBC radio show . RIP Dave - Posted by: Dale (Early years school mate ) on: Jul 17, 2021

  • Our condolences to Matthieu, the boys and David’s three sisters, Susan, Sally and Debbie and family. David will be missed dearly. I have many great childhood memories of David and will cherish them forever. XO Dianne Lavich (Buchanan) - Posted by: Dianne Lavich (Childhood friend ) on: Jul 17, 2021

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