Thomas E. Blais
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Virginia Beach - Thomas Edward Blais departed this life on July 6, 2014 in Virginia Beach, VA. He was 84.
A Master Chief in the United States Navy, he enjoyed a 27 year career in the Special Warfare Community as an Underwater Demolition Team "Frogman" and Navy SEAL. Master Chief Blais was a longtime UDT/SEAL Instructor, and as such was instrumental in molding a generation of our country's elite warriors.
Master Chief Blais was preceded in death by his beloved wife Florence DelRosso Blais and son Rock Edward Blais, LCDR SEAL, USN. He is survived by a loving family: daughter Eva Blais Anderson, son-in-law George Anderson, grandchildren Michelle and Will with great grandson Beau, grandchildren David and Tiffany with great grandsons David Jr. and Joshua, and granddaughters Jamie and Jeena all reside in the Virginia Beach area. Daughter Maria Blais O'Laughlin and son-in-law Brian O'Laughlin with grandson Liam live in Greenville, NC. Former daughter in law Dawn Jonas and grandchildren Scott Blais and Kathryn Blais are residents of New York, New York.
Funeral services will be held 17 July 2014 at JEB Little Creek. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made in Master Chief Blais' name to the UDT/SEAL Association at www.udtseal.org . Prayers are gratefully appreciated.
Condolences may be offered to the family by visiting www.altmeyer.com.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on July 11, 2014