• Fulton-Theroux Funeral Service
    Old Lyme, CT
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Jim Blair 1948 - 2013
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June 23, 2014
I just recently heard about my cousin, Jimmy-Bo's passing. We grew up together, his mom and my dad were siblings. We were in Jan's wedding together!!!Oh the times at the Bolton Lake House!! Sherry and Jan, I am so sorry. He was the best.
December 05, 2013
I have had the distinct pleasure to know Jim as a friend and colleague for over 30 years. We spent time together at work and best of all we shared a great love of life. Jim's quirky sense of humor was always evident, as was his love for his family.

Jim was very highly regarded in his profession as a real estate appraiser. Our trips to court to testify against each other were always professional and courteous, and afterwards we would have lunch and share a laugh about someting totally unrelated.

Jim's boating adventures are legendary, he could find a rock or sandbar at a moment's notice. Navigational charts were definitely an option. The good news was he usually returned to the dock, sometimes under his own power, but always made it back home with another story to tell. Jim always found personal time for those things he enjoyed with frequent family ski trips and 20 years of summer vacation on Casco Bay in Maine. He also found time to be with his friends. The outpouring of support at his memorial service is a testimony to the number of lives he touched.

My family's thoughts and prayers go out to Amanda, James and Haley. We have lost a good man but know in your hearts he will never be forgotten.

Howard B. Russ, Waterford, CT
November 30, 2013
We will miss Jim's coming along side us in real estate matters. He was always kind and considerate. When I worked in Norwich @ 257 Main Street for John Shields many, many years ago, his real estate firm was in the same building then known as the Riess Agency. After I retired, Jim assisted me when my Dad passed in reviewing my Dad's properties and later ours. I will miss his kind smile and willingness to help. Thank you for the obit; we learned alot more than we ever knew about him. He leaves a void behind. May Jesus comfort you in your loss. Ted & Carolyn Grey, Colchester, CT
November 22, 2013
Amanda and children, I was so sorry to read Jim's death notice in the Day yesterday. He certainly lived a full and active life. The years since your wedding seemed to fly by and I'm glad for you they were filled with such good times. Again I extend my sincerest sympathy to you all. Fondest regards
November 22, 2013
Jim's dad was my mentor in business and through him I had the pleasure of meeting and knowing Jim and eventually Amanda. From the beginning you always knew that Jim would enjoy life and family until the end. Unfortunately the end came well too soon. Amanda, enjoy your family forever, and remember all the great memories.
November 21, 2013
My prayers are with you. Both my late husband and I had the pleasure of knowing and working with this lovely man.
November 20, 2013
Amanda, James and Haley, We are so very sorry to hear of Jim's passing.
He was so very proud of his children and family. Amanda, my sincere condolences to all.
November 17, 2013
Jim was a brother to all and a friend in deed at St'Anns, we shall miss him! Yet another church gathering or celebration we'll be looking for a good banter with Jim, but alas such occasions would also nudge us on how much we miss him. WE pray for solace and strength for Amanda, Jim and Haley.
November 15, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with Amanda and family. I met Jim 25 years ago through his busines talent of appraising. He shared his superb knowledge in the business without reserve. His quick wit ans sense of humor are nice memories.

We will miss him. My deepest sympathy
November 12, 2013
I did not know Jim but I do know that he has raised an amazing daughter Haley. She attends the University of Vermont and I have had the honor of working with her. She is a beautiful human being as I am sure Jim was as well.
November 12, 2013
I first met Jim riding up in an elevator to his office 20 years ago. He was dressed in a most ridiculous golfing outfit. I made a smart-aleck comment about his attire and we have been friends ever since. Over the years I used Jim's professional services extensively and, more importantly, I came to know and care for his family. His daughter, Haley, spent many years involved with our two daughters and extended family. Jim and the Blair family are wonderful members of our town and their loss is our loss. We will keep him, Amanda, James and Haley in our thoughts. Much love and support, The Stout Family
November 11, 2013
I was always touched by the way that Jim treated our dad after he bought the Herbert H. Riess Agency. Jim kept a small office for him, sent him a lovely wreath every Christmas and visited him when he was frail and ailing. I'm sorry that Jim has left us so early. The two gentlemen are now together.
Patricia (Riess) Tennison
November 11, 2013
We are so sorry to hear of Jim's passing. He was a wonderful friend to our dad, Herbert Riess. We send our deepest sympathy.
The Herbert H.Riess Family
November 11, 2013
Dear Amanda, James, and Haley,

I knew Jim for many years . Our friendship dates back to 1975 when I first moved to this area to take a teaching job at Waterford High School. I was introduced to Jim by a good friend of mine by the name of Bruce Boushee, also from Manchester, CT. The three of us had many years of fun and friendship which I will never forget. Jim's infectious personality, wit and advice always kept us laughing and on our toes. He is now wrapped in the warmth and comfort of an angel's arms. My heart goes out to you and your family at this time of sorrow.

Jim Musco ,
Niantic, CT
November 11, 2013
Jim and I would help each other with comparable sales for whatever property either of us were appraising. His email would read "I'm appraising so and so property with a brief description and have no comparable sales. Do you have any for me?" He really was making me feel better by telling me "you think you are appraising a tough property, listen to this one." He would make me, the eternal optimist, feel better about life. Stewart Appraisal Services
November 11, 2013
I am so sorry and shocked to hear of Jim's passing. With his wonderful sense of humor, one would never have known he was facing any sort of battle. Amanda, my deepest condolences to you and your family. Know that it takes a truly great person to smile in the face of adversity, as Jim did.
November 11, 2013
I was deeply saddened to read that Jim has left us. My family and I have known Jim for years as a part of the downtown Norwich business community, and we always turned to him for his expertise. He worked on several big jobs for us in recent years, and was always congenial, professional and a pleasure to work with. His dry wit never failed to make me smile and several of his quips are forever embedded in my brain. We will miss Jim and his great contribution to the Norwich business community. My sincere condolences go out to all his family and friends. His is a loss that happened way too soon.
November 11, 2013
Jim enriched our lives with his appraisal expertise and witty sense of humor. Those who knew and loved him are saddened by his passing. We have lost a great friend and colleague. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
November 10, 2013
Amanda, James & Haley

We are saddened to hear of your loss and you are in our thoughts and prayers.

We fondly remember skiing with Jim at Mt Snow. He was an expert guide (kept us out of the wind and on the good snow!), loved his stories on the ski lifts and of course these would carry over to the apres ski

Jim truly had a passion for life and will be missed by all he touched.

Mike, Rosemary, Matthew & Adam Collins
November 10, 2013
I first met Jim when playing baseball on the property next door to our house. His father came over and asked if Jim could play with us. We became great friends from that day forward. We played many rounds of golf together at the Manchester Country Club. Our dads each bought us junior memberships so we played almost every day. When Jim returned from Vietnam, we began to hang out together again. I lost touch with him in the late 80's. I just called him a couple of months ago to see how he was doing. He called back and left a message saying "I thought you were dead by now". He always had a way of making you laugh.

He will be truly missed. I only wish I has connected with him more recently.

Thanks for the memories Jim and my sincere condolences to the family!

Sincerely, Rick Andisio
November 10, 2013
I first met Jim as a kid playing baseball on the property next to our house. Jim and his father came over and his dad asked if Jim could play with us.We became great friends from that day forward. We played many rounds of golf together at the Manchester County Club. Our dads each bought us junior memberships to the club, so we played almost every day. When Jim returned from Vietnam, we started hanging around again. I lost touch with him in the late 80's but called him just a few weeks ago to see how he was doing. He called back and left a message saying "I thought you were dead by now". He always had a way of making you laugh!

He will be greatly missed. I only wish I could have connected with him more recently. Thanks for the memories Jim. -Rick Andisio
November 10, 2013
So very sorry to hear of Jim's passing. His sense of humor as he passed thru my office always brightened my day. And, of course, he was so very proud of his children. Amanda, my sincere condolences to all.
November 10, 2013
Wishing you my heartfelt sympathy. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
November 10, 2013
Please accept our sincerest condolences.

John and dyanne rafal
November 10, 2013
Those we love remain with us for love itself lives on, and cherished memories never fade because a loved one's gone. Those we love can never be more that a thought apart. For as long there is a memory, they'll live on in our hearts.

Our thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with you at this time. We are happy to have known Jim and his jovial spirit will never be forgotten.

Our deepest condolences,
The Dayharshs
November 10, 2013
Amanda, James and Haley,

There are no words to express my sadness in the loss of such a great, fun, generous, caring person as your husband, dad, and my friend. His smile and "jerky" sense of humor will never be replaced. My heart and prayers go out to each of you in the days and months to come. His memories and stories will always bring a smile to our face and warm our hearts....only the good die young!
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