GEORGE THOMAS BLANCHARD Passed away peacefully on Friday, March 11, 2011 at The Village of Humber Heights in his 98th year. Beloved husband of the late Vera Blanchard (nee Warren) and dear father of Pat (John Moffatt), Joy (Gord Holmes) and Ross (Lorraine). Lovingly rememberd by his seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. George retired from De Havilland Canada in 1978 after a 49 1/2 year career and was inducted into its Hall of Fame in 1994. Up until his death he was actively involved in the sailing community locally, nationally and internationally, specifically the Toronto Sailing and Canoe Club, the Canadian Wayfarer Association, the Ontario Sailing Association and The Boulevard Club. He was an Honorary Commodore of TSCC/CWA and Honorary Life Member of the Boulevard Club. He was also Councillor of Honour of the Canadian Yachting Association. He was the consummate volunteer, recognized by two Ontario premiers. He was selfless, dedicated, caring, innovative, patient and organized. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him. The family wishes to thank the staff of Humber Heights for their care and compassion during the past couple months. Visitation will be at Scott Funeral Home West Toronto Chapel (1273 Weston Rd. one light north of Eglinton), on Tuesday, March 15 from 7-9 and Wednesday, March 16 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. The funeral service will be held Thursday, March 17 at the Church of the Good Shepherd (Corner of Eglinton and Weston) at 11 a.m. A memorial for George will be held for the sailing community on April 16, 2011. Check www.wayfarer-canada.org for arrangements. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ontario Sailing Association BOOM program to support youth sailing in Ontario would be appreciated or a charity of your choice.
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Published in the Toronto Star from Mar. 14 to Mar. 15, 2011