Christopher J. Blair
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SACO - Christopher James Blair, age 56 of Saco, passed away peacefully on March 9, 2019, due to heart failure, with his loved ones by his side.

He was born on Jan. 22, 1963 to Marie Blair and Joseph Blair Sr. and was the youngest of their six children. He grew up in Windsor, Maine.

From the moment he was born he had significant impact on all who met him.  He was loving and sweet, and always ready to share a smile. Life was not always easy for Chris, as he had many medical challenges as a young child.  He had a strong constitution to continue on.

He was also Deaf and enjoyed being an active member of the Deaf community, advocating for others, being a good friend, and checking in often on those in need.  He was humble, and did not boast about his supportive activities or his many accomplishments, including his "Outstanding Citizenship Award" by the Deaf Community of Maine in 2014.

Christopher attended the Baxter School for The Deaf and was a graduate of Cony High School and National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) where he studied Printing.  He worked at Togus Veterans Administration in Augusta for 26 years as a printer, traveling from Biddeford/Saco daily.  He made many friends there, and was well liked and respected.  He had to retire reluctantly due to his health a little over a year ago.

He is survived by his Life partner of 20 years Rodney Michael Champagne, sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews and grandchildren.  He will be missed by all.

A special thanks to many interpreters, staff at Maine Medical and the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House.  Thank you.

Contributions in his memory can be made to Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.  www.hospiceofsouthernmaine.org/gosnell-memorial-hospice-house.

There will be a life celebration ceremony sometime in the spring. Date will be announced.

Hope Memorial Chapel, 480 Elm Street, Biddeford, ME 04005 is assisting with arrangements.

To share condolences online, please visit www.HopeMemorial.com.



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Published in Journal Tribune on Mar. 16, 2019.
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April 4, 2019
I am sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences. I hope that James 1:13
will bring you and your family comfort.
Barbara Sutton
March 21, 2019
I am sorry for your families' loss. Please accept my condolences. I hope the passage at James 1:13 will be a comfort to you all.
Maureen
March 20, 2019
So sorry to hear about Chris. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Lisa Gray
March 19, 2019
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Paula Wentworth and James Farina
March 18, 2019
Joe an family,
So sorry to hear about Chris. He was a kind and courageous man who exemplified the Blair family values of compassion and thoughtfullness for others. My prayers and thougts are with are with you.
John Finnegan
March 17, 2019
RIP my Dear friend Chris.
My thoughts & prayers are with his family
Lori McCarty-Leclerc
March 16, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Chris's passing ...Every day for quite a few years, I walked by Chris's office at the VA and we would share a wave and a smile...He was always generous with his donations for the Salvation Army toy collection for needy children. I will always remember his kindness...Rest in peace my friend..
Susanne Hawkins Anderson
March 16, 2019
So sorry for Chris passing, sincerely Scott Ingraham Augusta Me.
scott
March 16, 2019
my condolences to the family,friends and the deaf community for their loss of a loving and wonderful person who had touched so many peoples hearts ,you will be missed by all who got to know you and loved you thank you Chris for all you have done for me as well as for George M Crocker the 3rd may you R.I.P
Karline Stover
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