DESMOND BLAIR B.A.Sc., P.Eng It is with sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of Desmond Blair, B.A.Sc., P.Eng, on Monday, June 16, 2014. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Patricia, his children Brian, Anne, John and Drew, his 14 grandchildren and 2 great- grandchildren and his sister, Wynn. Des was born in White Abbey, Northern Ireland, the fifth of six siblings. The family immigrated to Canada in 1925 and Des lived his early years on Langford Avenue along the Danforth. He graduated a civil engineer from University of Toronto in 1946 and married Patricia Givens, the love of his life, in 1948. The couple lived in Thunder Bay and Sudbury before returning to Toronto in 1952 to raise a family. Des spent many years in the construction industry, including two years in the mid-50s building a radar defense system in northern Ontario, before going on his own as a successful entrepreneur. A celebration of life ceremony will be held Monday, June 23, 2014 at HERITAGE FUNERAL CENTRE, 50 Overlea Blvd., Toronto, ON M4H 1B6, phone 416-423-1000. The visitation is at 1:00 p.m. and the ceremony at 2:00 p.m. Online condolences and directions may be found at www.heritagefuneralcentre.ca In lieu of flowers, donations to Providence Healthcare Foundation will be gratefully accepted.
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Published in the Toronto Star from June 20 to June 21, 2014