MSgt. Scott Blais
1973 - 2021
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Scott Blais, 47, a loving husband, father, son and dedicated Air Force Reserve Master Sergeant, passed away unexpectedly while in support of our Nation at Hickham Air Force Base in Hawaii. Scott was born in Massena, NY on August 18th, 1973. Following high school, he first joined the United States Marine Corps where he served honorably for 12 years. With a love of aviation and a passion to continue to serve his country, he then enlisted full-time in the Air Force Reserve at Westover, where he proudly worked as a flight engineer with the 337th Airlift Squadron. For 16 years, the 337th was his second family whom he cared so deeply about. Scott loved people and never met a stranger, a friendship with Scott could always be found. Scott was a great dad who was devoted to his two children, as well as a loving husband to his wife Erin. He was an Ohio State football fan (go Bucks), Montreal Canadiens hockey fan (even if he DID go to Bruins games once a year) and by all accounts never met a beer he didn’t like. Scott also had a deep passion for aviation, from watching anything and everything that flew overhead to making air museums across the country a part of family vacations, aviation was truly in his blood. Scott loved to play golf, rain or shine, and sought to play a round wherever his travels took him. He was also a Master Mason at Brigham Lodge in Ludlow, MA. He was predeceased by his mother, Verna Blais. Scott’s large and loving family will forever carry his spirit with them including his wife Erin; daughters Lillian (Lilly) Theresa and Molly Jane; and his parents Dick and Mary Blais. He also leaves his siblings: Gregory Blais and wife Nancy of NY, Christopher Blais and wife Cindy of NC, Jeffrey Blais and wife Kim of FL, Timothy Blais and wife Laurie of NY, Paul Blais and wife Alisha of KY; step siblings Jeffrey Silmser of NY and Deborah Snell and husband John of VT. He also leaves his mother and father-in-law Michael and Diane Prendergast of East Longmeadow; sisters-in-law Kristine Rueger and husband Jeffrey of Pittsfield, and Kara Whiteside and husband Eric of OH. Scott is also going to be missed by many nieces and nephews; countless aunts and uncles; his very dear friend Daniel “Sully” Sullivan; his “second parents” Frank and Cindy Cardella of NY; and his extended Air Force family in the 337th. The public is invited to honor Scott and show support for his family on Thursday, January 28th by standing along the procession route from Bradley International Airport as he arrives home at approximately 4:30pm. Family and friends are invited to pay tribute to Scott with a walk thru visitation at the Forastiere Smith Funeral Home at 220 North Main St in East Longmeadow on Friday, January 29th from 3-7pm. A funeral mass will follow beginning at 10 am on Saturday, January 30th at St. Michael’s Church in East Longmeadow with the public asked to gather directly at church. Military honors will follow concluding mass. The funeral mass and portions of the tribute will be live-streamed to ensure all have an opportunity to pay their respects. For family and friends wishing to attend in-person, masks and social distancing are mandatory.


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Published in The Republican from Jan. 26 to Jan. 27, 2021.
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February 5, 2021
A life time has passed since the last time I was able to have a beer with Scott. But to this day his honest smile sits in my memory. He was a loyal Marine. A man who exemplified the meaning behind it when we call other Marines brother. My heart goes out to you his family, and us his brethren. Know, that in the last 20 years he was not forgotten. Nor will that change in eternity.
Ted Flores
Served In Military Together
January 29, 2021
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January 28, 2021
Scott was my Air Force brother and a friend. We never encountered each other without sharing a smile and a laugh. He was an extremely positive and kind hearted soul whose presence will truly be missed.
Erwin Greene
Friend
January 28, 2021
Erin, Lilly, and Molly,
I stopped by the other day after I dropped off your neighbors' sons from basketball. As I told your sister/aunt, if you need anything, please let us help. Did not know that Scott is also a Marine. Again, if you need anything, we are here. You are all in our prayers.
Semper Fi,
John, Min, Christian, Gabby and Anna (your classmate) Harding
The Hardings
Served In Military Together
January 28, 2021
Love you Uncle Scott! I could always count on you for a 6 AM birthday wake up call followed by lots of laughs. I am forever grateful for your advise and life lessons you taught me. Thank you and love you!
Leane Reynolds
Family
January 28, 2021
Our condolences to the Blais Family!
Terry Jackson
January 28, 2021
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Cindy and Terry Jackson
January 27, 2021
We had the pleasure of meeting the Blais family briefly at a Christmas gathering at the Pizza Shoppe in East Longmeadow 12/2019. They were a lovely family and left a wonderful impression on my husband and myself. Scott discussed his being in the service and how much it meant to him, his love of trying different breweries with his wife, of course last but not least their adorable daughters. Just a really nice guy, beautiful family! We were sorry when we heard of an airmen passing away and shocked when we realized who it was! Our deepest sympathy to all who loved him!
Evelyn Mullin
Acquaintance
January 27, 2021
Thank you sir, blessings and prayers for your family
Bettyboop1524
January 27, 2021
Msgt. Scott Blais's name will be added to the East Longmeadow Veterans Memorial which will be constructed at 328 N. Main St., East Longmeadow (front of Senior Center)(currently fundraising for the construction). On behalf of the entire East Longmeadow Veterans Memorial Committee, we offer our deepest condolences to all Msgt. Scott Blais's Family.
Terry L. Glusko, Sr.-Chairman-East Longmeadow Veterans Memorial Committee
January 27, 2021
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Gary and Janet Miller
January 27, 2021
No words can express the loss of someone taken out of life well before his time. Scottie remains alive in our thoughts and fond memories.
Bill Czarnecki
Served In Military Together
January 27, 2021
I did not know Scott.I am a native of East Longmeadow.When I saw the article I had to tell his family how sorry I am for their loss.This great man lost his life protecting his country.All Americans thank him.God bless all of you.Sincerely,a veteran supporter.
Margaret Blair
Friend
January 27, 2021
Msgt. Scott Blais's name will be added to East Longmeadow Veterans Memorial (currently in the process of fundraising for construction) which will be located at 328 N. Main St, East Longmeadow (front of Senior Center.)
Terry L. Glusko, Sr.-Chairman-East Longmeadow
January 27, 2021
To The Blais Family:

This honorable hero served his country and died for his country. May he rest in peace. Thank you for your service.

These prayers are coming from a 80 yr. old woman who had 4 brothers and a husband who served their country also. The (6) of you will meet up in heaven and share all of your memories of serving your country - good memories and probably some bad ones.

Continue to watch over your family and let them know you are okay.
Marcella Waldron
January 27, 2021
Scott was a guaranteed smile and cheerful greeting,
Every time I picked up the crew Scott would give you the impression it was his first flight ever and looked so forward to what was to come.
A full life cut short
Steve Perreault
Coworker
January 26, 2021
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The Colucci family
January 26, 2021
I served with Scott at Westover. I remember his contagious smile and a good word for all. My deepest sympathy to all of his family.
Pam
Served In Military Together
January 26, 2021
MSgt Blais always had a smile and the willingness to help others no matter who or what crew position they were in. The joke master will be missed very much in the scheduling section. Thanks for all you’ve done. See you on the other side..
CMSgt Tom Dzwonkus (Retired)
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