In Memory Of Blair, David

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Kane & Fetterly - Salon A
5301 boul. Decarie Blvd.
Montreal Quebec H3W 3C4
July 20th, 2021 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM


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Kane & Fetterly - Salon A
5301 boul. Decarie Blvd.
Montreal Quebec H3W 3C4
July 20th, 2021 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM

David McCrea Parker Blair

November 16, 1964 – July 12, 2021

It is with deep sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of David McCrea Parker Blair on July 12, 2021, in Montréal, Québec.

David was pre-deceased by his parents McCrea and Phyllis Blair. He is survived by Mathieu Jolicœur and sons Mark and John Blair-Jolicœur; sisters, Susan (David) Wellard, Sally (Tom) Tasker and Debbie Spindler; father-in-law André Jolicœur (Ginette Tremblay); sisters-in-law Annie Jolicœur (Mathieu Duffar), France Jolicœur-Bécotte (Pascal Bécotte), Judith Voyer-Potvin (Seydou Conté); many nieces and nephews; members of his birth family with whom he recently connected, his father, Gilbert (Anna) Ducharme; his sister,  Odette Ducharme; stepbrothers, Darrin and Darryl Ducharme and Erran and Shannon Nenka; last but far from least, his beloved dog Kaya.

Growing up in Winnipeg, David graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Commerce (Marketing). He lived and worked in Toronto, and then London, England before settling in Montreal where he found joy and love.

For several years he worked for Radio Canada International and went on to a lengthy career as the business reporter for CBC Radio cross-Canada ; both positions provided him great satisfaction with work that he loved and at which he excelled.

We could list many great attributes for David but what really stands out was his dedication and loyalty to friends, family, and all those he loved. He made friends readily and touched many lives with his kindness and generosity. He was such a proud father and having his own family gave him a strong sense of worth and made his life more complete.

David’s Christian faith was important to him and sustained him through the difficult times in his life.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, July 20 at 4:00 p.m. at the Kane & Fetterly Funeral home chapel, 5301 Decarie Blvd., (corner Isabella). The family will receive condolences prior to the service starting at 2:00 p.m. Service will be streamed live, please contact Nicole Matiation at: nicole.matiation@gmail.com for information on the webcast. Condolences may be sent to www.kanefetterly.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of your choice are welcome.

As his mum always reminded him: ‘’ In the world you shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.’’ – John 16:33

 

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Messages for the Family of Blair, David

From: Katie Malloch

To Mathieu, Mark and Johnny, and to all David's family, deepest condolences. I have only good memories of David, who was a CBC colleague and a joyful presence. We talked about work when we ran into one another, but mostly we shared stories about family, and child raising; he was so proud and happy to be a dad to his boys!
May love and memories guide you through this hard time.
From: Jaime D. Yip

I send my condolences. I am sadden for your loss and will miss David's easy-going manner and our chats whenever I saw him on the street or supermarket. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
From: Sara Parks

I am sending my deepest condolences and sympathies from Nottingham to Mathieu, Mark, and John in my Wesley United Church family back in Montreal. There are no words for the shock and sadness this news brings. What a terrible loss to all of us, but especially to David's dear boys. The shining light of his memory will never dim, but may the pain lessen gently over time. <3
From: Deborah Angelus

Our deepest sympathies to Mathieu, Mark, and John, and to all of David’s family. We hold you all in our thoughts and prayers. David was such a gentle soul who always had a kind word to say. He was always complimentary and appreciative. We will miss him at Wesley, at the YMCA, and in the neighbourhood.
From: Anne Beaupré et Sylvie Bélanger

Nous aurons de beaux souvenirs d’un homme aimant la vie et qui par sa générosité nous a permis de partager de merveilleuses expériences et connaissances.Plusieurs valises se sont ouvertes en ta compagnie. Bon voyage David xxx
From: Irene M Thomson

So sorry to hear about this. The Buchanans lived right next door to the Blairs. Our parents were best friends. I remember when David was adopted and how excited we all were that his 3 big sisters would have a little brother!!! My sister and him became best friends growing up. Condolences to David's family!!!
From: Rob Braun

I was very saddened to hear about the passing of Dave. We went to High School and University together and had a lot of laughs. We would study at the A & W on Pembina Highway. Drink copious amounts of coffee while studying in my parents basement. We had beers underage at the Cambridge, Pembina and Transylvania Inn. He was a bartender at Mother Truckers downtown and let’s just say the free pour drinks were more than 1.5 ounces He taught me how to drive a standard transmission in his red Mustang. We graduated together and I have a picture of David, Greg , Paul and myself savouring the moment David also joined my family on a trip to Hawaii in the early 1980s and was a frequent visitor at our family home He had a mischievous smile and some great lines. The last time I saw Dave was 5 years ago at our.close friend, Greg Wiebe’s funeral. It’ was like picking up where we left off. This is a life gone too soon and the memories will live with me forever. My condolences to all family and friends of David

Rob Braun and Family
From: Yaël and Chris, Josh, Russell and Aliza

Shock and grief at David’s passing. A good friend with a kind heart and a ready smile. Grateful for the years we knew him. Our sympathies to Mathieu, Mark, Johnny, his lovely sisters and extended family.
From: Deborah Desorcy ( Salter)

I am deeply saddened to learn of the death my a dear friend David. We grew up together in Winnipeg. My deepest condolences to the family.You will live on in my memory forever David.
From: Marc montgomery

I am deeply saddened to learn of David's untimely passing. A long time treasured colleague at the former RC I, I have fond memories of our many many chats at work and of afternoons skating and talking at Lafontaine park. My sincere condolences to his family. He will be missed.
From: Jackie Salama

I am so sorry to loose you my dear friend
May you Rest In Peace. I will always love you
From: Lynn Desjardins

This is a heartbreaking loss for me and the rest of the former Radio Canada International Family. I can only imagine how devastating it is for David’s family and I extend my deepest sympathies. David was so kind, helpful and funny when I first joined RCI and he continued to be so throughout and after he left us to join CBC. He and I looked forward to his moving into my neighbourhood and seeing each other more often. His great joy was his boys and I hope they will come to know that they will always hear his voice in their hearts. When they go through the rough patches in life I hope they will ask themselves what would dad say, and that they will find comfort in the answers they know he would give. Love to you all.
From: John O’Hara

He will be missed for his voice and heart.
From: Tom Tishinski

My condolences to David's family and friends.

I was a classmate of David's at Vincent Massey Collegiate in Winnipeg from 1980 -1982.

I have not seen him since graduation back in 1982 but I remember he had an excellent sense of humor.

Tom Tishinski
VMC 1982
From: Sylvie Forget

C'est avec tristesse et stupéfaction que j'ai appris le décès de David, un ex-collègue de RCI. J'offre mes condoléances les plus sincères à sa famille et à ses amis, tout particulièrement à Mathieu et leurs fils Mark et John. David était si fier d'être papa de 2 beaux enfants. Je vous souhaite beaucoup de courage dans cette si dure épreuve.

Sylvie Forget, ex-employée de RCI
From: Maggy Akerblom

Not only have I lost a former colleague, but more, much more than that, a very close friend. The times we spent together in my back yard enjoying each other's company are unforgettable. I am deeply saddened by his sudden passing, and can only extend my heartfelt condolences to Mathieu, Mark and John. My thoughts are with you all. May David rest in peace.
From: Brenda Lee Strickland

My deepest condolences to David's family. I know he will be greatly missed.

Sincerely,

Brenda Lee Strickland
From: Mardi and Martin Robson

Sue, Mart and I were saddened to learn today that your beloved brother, David, died. We know how much he was loved by you and David, Sally, Debbie and all members of his extended family. I am sure that his passing was unexpected, and will leave a gaping hole in his own family. You spoke often of his love for Mattieu and their sons. Please extend our message of heartfelt sympathy to your family, and know that we are holding you close in our hearts.
From: Alison Masemann

Condolences to David’s family on such a terrible loss. I work at CBC in Toronto and for a time I helped coordinate his cross-country business reports. I know he connected with so many listeners across Canada, and they all felt his warmth and humour. Wishing strength to David’s family and especially his boys.
From: Sheldon Harvey

I am shocked and saddened to hear of David's passing. I first knew David from early days at CKUT Radio McGill, and then again at Radio Canada International and the CBC in Montreal. David was a kind, friendly and very professional person. Please accept my condolences on his untimely passing.
From: Shirley Eckhardt (Sutton)

So sorry to learn of David’s passing. My heartfelt condolences to his family, especially Matthieu and the boys. David and I were friends in high school and in university. Our time together was mainly full of laughter but also some more serious “good talks.” I remember him as being kind, gentle, thoughtful, patient and a loyal friend. He had such a beautiful smile that lit up the room and his laughter was infectious. It is a shame we lost touch over time but it brings me peace to know he had such a well-deserved fulfilling life.
From: Edwards family

We’re very sorry for your loss and our thoughts are with you.

Edwards Family (Wesley Church)
From: Carlos Correal

Our deepest condolences to all David's family, Mathieu, Mark and John .. David you were one of my very rare bests in my life since my early 20s.. one my closest friends.. i know we havent spoken often in the last years but always kept in touch no matter what.. you've always been in my heart. I forever Love you my friend. Sending your whole fam and ur closest friends and allies all the love and support. You will be missed dearly. Your friend Carlitos and Valerie sending you tons of xoxox.
From: Daniela Akerblom

I am at a total loss for words - David will never be forgotten. We always shared good times and laughs together - that unforgettable laugh of his! - and I am deeply saddened and shocked that he has left us at such a young age... My deep-felt condolences to family & friends.
I will forever treasure the memories of the times we spent together. Mathieu, Mark and John, my thoughts, love and prayers are with you. David's memory will live on, be strong - my heart goes out to you.
From: Fadi Harouny

Tu es parti trop tôt, cher David. Que ta belle âme repose en paix. Mes sincères condoléances à ta famille.
From: Jean-Pierre Leduc

David and I knew each other when he first moved to Montreal in 1995, and for the decade that followed. It was always a pleasure to see him, whether in Montréal or at various music conferences in the USA, as his focus with rci included the arts. I am so shocked to hear of his passing, and my sincere condolences to his family and friends, and of course his children who must be devastated. David was kind, thoughtful, intelligent and fun to be with. I’ll miss him.
From: Paul Cowan

I get up early every morning. I'm a terrible sleeper. It’s not fun, but there are pleasures. One of them was David Blair. David took the dreary science – economics, and its bedfellow, business – and made it a story I could listen to. But I wasn’t really paying much attention to the rising interest rates or falling consumer confidence, I was listening to David; I wanted to know what this uncommon man thought, what he felt. David made me feel he and I were having an early morning chat; it mattered, and he was in no hurry; there were important things to discuss, and trivial hankerings that allowed me to peek into David’s agile mind. Time passed easily. Thank you for the companionship David. You made my mornings. Paul Cowan.
From: Catherine Guest

We only knew David as the cheery voice in our mornings. We've been missing him of late, and were surprised to hear from our CBC morning show host that he had died. His sudden passing must be a terrible blow to his family and friends. Sending love...💙
From: F et L Duffar

Francois et Laurence Duffar
sont en pensée avec Mathieu ses enfants et la famille immédiate
afin d’adoucir la peine immense
qui vous entoure!!
From: Dominic Boulianne et Bertrand Licart

Bouleversés par cet événement tragique, nous prenons part à votre douleur et vous adressons nos plus sincères condoléances.

Nous sommes près de vous par la pensée faute de ne pouvoir se rendre aux obsèques et vous adressons toute notre affection.

Nous vous prions d'accepter notre respectueuse sympathie.
From: Nancy Bigot et Gérard Bisson

Mes condoléances à toi mon cher Mathieu, au deux gars ainsi que toute la famille...XXX
From: Jennifer Grier

Hello, I am saddened to learn of David's sudden death. I always enjoyed hearing his warm and interested voice on CBC Daybreak when he reported the business news. His news, his voice, was an enjoyable part of my morning routine for many years. He will be missed in my household. I also happened to crossed paths with David as a father and know he was a good one.
My condolences to his children and his family.
From: Edward Boulware

I want to send my dear condolences to David, his family, and colleagues at CBC during such a difficult period. May his spirit continues to inspire and sore....May his love of life inspire those he leaves behind to look forward, be kind, be consoled, and know that David will always be in our hearts. Send love and hugs, Ed Boulware, Washington, DC, USA
From: Stuart Greer

My deepest condolences to Mathieu, Mark and John, and all of David’s family. I was shocked and saddened by news of David's passing. I first met David in the early 1990s at CKUT Radio McGill where so many broadcasters of our generation got their start. David was made for radio - curious, charming, smart, and gifted with a silky voice. He also had a wicked sense of humour and an infectious zest for life. So in 1994, when David and his two roommates, Rick and Chris, we’re looking for a fourth member, I was more than happy to join their little gang and start paying rent. We all lived in a sprawling 4-bedroom apartment on Rue Hutchison in Montréal’s leafy Mile End neighbourhood. We simply called it The Hutch. For two glorious years, I got to know David like a brother over long-lazy weekend brunches, through our many house parties, or during a minus-20 midnight sledding session on nearby Mount Royal. Our careers also began to take off at the same time. As David started reading news bulletins at Radio Canada International (RCI), I got my first big break in commercial radio as a newscaster at CHOM-FM. We both had to get up in the wee hours of the morning and we would compare notes on the thrills and humbling spills of reading the news on live radio. We talked about life, love, and of course politics - especially in 1995 amid the Québec separatist referendum campaign. David and I both shared the experience of being adopted as kids. We talked about identity and wondered if either of us would find our birth families one day. We both eventually did. Thanks for being with me at the start of the journey old friend. Rest In Peace now. You signed off too soon. Stu
From: Sylvie Levac

Je suis tellement désolée que vs (M Jolicoeur et les enfants avez a vivre cette difficile épreuve)
Il faut se rappeler des moments
Vs avez tellement vécu de belles choses ensembles.
Vs êtes dans mes pensées
Madame Sylvie 😌
Si vs avez besoin de quelque chose faites moi signe
From: Pansy Drury

Hi Mathieu and Johnny and Mark,
I want to say how sad I was to hear about your Dad. He was an amazing man. John, I taught you in Pre K at Mackay. I will always remember both your Dad's riding you to school on the bicycle. I also remember the stories I heard on CBC of your trip up north to discover and learn about your Indigenous roots.
You must have such special memories of your Dad. I hope they comfort you; you will always have them in your heart.
My love and thoughts to you Mathieu, John, and Mark.

Pansy
From: Jacqueline Lavoie

To Mathieu ,Mark, and John my sincere condolences to you all.
From: Wendy Frank

Dear Mathieu, Mark, John, and Family,

I’m so sorry for you loss. I have fond memories having met and known all of you and David in my teaching career. I also had the great pleasure of teaching your sons. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time, and may you be comforted in all the warm memories you have of David.
From: Deborah Rehder

It is with great sadness I write this message. I am just simply a listener of CBC especially " The Early Edition" in BC. I looked forward to David's business broadcasts Monday to Friday. I actually would wake up by 6:25AM here to listen to his soothing voice which gave you hug in the morning and his down to earth insight into business. I will truly miss him.
From: Isabelle M COTE

Bonjour,
Notre famille, Eric, Maia, Matisse et moi, envoyons nos plus sincères condoléances à Mathieu, Mark et John et également à la famille de David et celle de Mathieu.

Maia, Matisse et moi allons toujours nous souvenir des très beaux moments passés à la roulotte au camping à Saint-Raphaël-de-Bellechasse et aussi au chalet dans les Laurentides. David était une personne généreuse et accueillante.

Isabelle et la famille Côté-Crosby
From: Martha Marchand

My deepest condolences to your family for your loss. You don't know me, but I felt like I knew David through the radio. Every morning I would hear his wonderful voice, his soft dulcet tone making even the business news sound interesting. I am deeply touched by his sudden loss, especially at such a young age. I hope that by knowing how much he touched people through his work will help you in your grief. Hold your memories close and your loved ones closer.

Sincerely,
Martha Marchand - Nova Scotia
From: Fred Headon

Dear Mathieu, Mark, and John,
Our sincere condolences. Will be keeping you in our thoughts. Grieve gently.
Fred, William, and Meredith Headon and Mary Ellen Kenny
From: Anne-Marie Yvon

La pandémie a stoppé nos saluts quotidiens et nos conversations quand le temps le permettait au bureau. Difficile d’imaginer que le sourire de David s’est éteint à jamais. Sincères condoléances à toute sa famille, à Mathieu et à ses enfants dont il était si fier.
Anne-Marie Yvon
From: Victor Whitehead

It was with great sadness that I learned of the untimely passing of David. I knew him as a business reporter on CBC Radio Montreal and an engaging attendee along with his husband Mathieu at the annual Robbie Burns nights held by Chris Hosein. I will miss his warm manner and easy laugh. My deepest condolences to Mathieu, his children, Mark and John, and all of David's family and friends.
From: Katherine Canty

I am so sorry for the loss of David. I knew him as a wonderful colleague, friend and neighbour. It was always a treat to run into him as he was walking his dog in the little park at the end of our street or coming out of a store on Sherbrooke—usually a big smile and some funny story or observation. David told me he loved his job at CBC and missed his colleagues there during the pandemic because as he said “they really are interesting people.” David was himself an interesting and engaging guy. No wonder my sister had a bit of a crush after meeting him at my retirement party a number of years ago. Later, David, Mathieu, Mark and Johnny came over for a party at our house one Christmas when the boys were little. He was a proud and happy dad. My deep condolences to his family and friends.
From: Harold Toulch

My sincere condolences to Mathieu, Mark and John and to all of David's family. May his memory be a blessing.
From: Marlyn Horsdal

I am terribly saddened by the news of David's sudden death. I knew him only through his business broadcasts -- I live in British Columbia -- but I always looked forward to his reports, and enjoyed the time I spent listening to him; he made business interesting and understandable. I also greatly enjoyed his chatty exchanges with Stephen Quinn, the host of the Vancouver morning show I listen to. David was always particularly pleased to speak of his sons and their activities, and that endeared him to many listeners, including me .

He sounded like a lovely man, and I'm sorry he has left us.

Sincerely,

Marlyn Horsdal
Saltspring Island, BC
From: Eugene Sokoloff and Family

Dearest Mathieu, Mark, John and family,
We send you our deepest condolences and we hold you all in our thoughts and prayers.
We will cherish all the happy memories with David and hold his contagious smile close to our hearts!
You and your wonderful voice will be dearly missed.
The Russian section of RCI will raise a toast in your honor and memory, May you rest in Peace <3

Eugene, Olga and Ksenia
From: Dianne Lavich (Buchanan)

Matthieu, boys and Susan, Sally, Debbie and family,

Our deepest condolences to you and your family at this time. David will be dearly missed, cherish all the beautiful memories. RIP David

xoxo Dianne Lavich (Buchanan) love the Buchanan family
From: Lex Milton

You will be missed. Thank you for your generosity of spirit and making those around you feel welcomed. A safe and peaceful passage to you good sir.
From: Paul Finlayson

Dave and I were good friends in high school and university and I was so sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to his partner, boys, family and friends.
From: Ben Savage

Many great memories of good times with David and friends in the 1990's. So sorry for your loss. May his kindness, wit, intelligence and grace bring us fond recollection and good strength in the years ahead. Rest in peace, David.
From: Debra Arbec

My sincerest condolences to all who loved David. His family, friends and listeners. Mathieu, every time I saw David at the office or at the tennis club, invariably our conversation turned to you and the kids. So much love and joy with his family. We miss you David.
From: Kristy Rich

Thank you for sharing the lovely service and for all your lovely memories of David. I am grateful to have known him through our work at CBC Montreal and have fond memories of our chats - usually as I was arriving and he was leaving for the day. It was clear to me how much he treasured his family and was so proud of his boys. He was so full of life and had such a wonderful sense of humour. He will be dearly missed. I send my best wishes to Mathieu, John and Mark, and the rest of the extended family.
From: Ian Robert Jones

This is such sad news. I worked with David at Radio Canada International for many years. David was an outstanding professional and an excellent person. Everyone who knew David will have a special memory of him because that is what David did, he created special memories. It is heartbreaking to know he is no longer with us. My thoughts are with David’s entire family at this very difficult time. He was one of a kind and we are going to miss him dearly.
From: Katherine Snow

Dear Mathieu, Mark and John,
There are no words, I know. I am so deeply sorry to hear of David's passing.
Prayers, love and courage to you,
Katherine Snow
From: Renée Walker

This news is extremely hard for me to process. My sincerest condolences to Mathieu, Mark, John and to all of David’s family. I met David when I started attending Wesley Church. He always had a smile on his face. Whenever I taught Sunday School, he would come in at coffee time and his face would light up at the crafts that Mark and John did. I will miss you.
From: Van Tran

I'm shocked and so sad to hear of David's passing. My deepest sympathies to David's family, specially his sons whom I met last time at CBC.
Rest in peace David
From: Greg, Maryn, Rosemary, and Arthur Santos

We are sending our deepest condolences to Mathieu, Mark, John, and all of David’s family. We were very touched by the beautiful funeral service today with David’s favourite hymns. We could imagine him calling out “What’s the hymn number?” like he always did in Zoom church, with his hymn book handy. He will be very greatly missed at Wesley, and in the wider community. (Even my dad in NS knew exactly who David was, from the radio.) Hugs to you all.