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Blair Alan Leishman

April 3, 1956- February 28, 2019

Blair Leishman passed in loving comfort of his two girls on February 28, 2019. Blair had an adventurous life as he brought joy and laughter to his family and friends. He eventually succumbed to a long battle of early onset dementia. Blair is survived by his daughters Sandy (Scott) Marohn and Alex (Mason) Harder, mother Elva Balch, siblings LeeAnne (Mel) Dewsnup, Ron (Nancy) Leishman, Dale (Lynn) Leishman, Wade Leishman, Rob Leishman, Trent (Connie) Leishman, four loving grandchildren Peyton, Maddox, Ethan, Emersyn, many nieces, nephews and extended family. Blair was a loving father, grandfather and friend to everyone.

Funeral service for Blair will be held at the Carman Pentecostal Church on Monday, March 4th  at 2 pm. Blair will be laid to rest at the Carman Cemetery with lunch to follow at the Carman Pentecostal church. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba.

Blair’s passions included wood working, hunting, bowling, scuba diving, golf, boating, horseback riding, restoring classic cars and spending time with his children. Blair dedicated countless hours to community associations. He held numerous positions in these organizations such as President of the Young Men’s Society, President of the Roseisle Community Co-op, designing and helping to build the Graysville Community play structure, volunteering with 4-H and helping to run various activities to support his children.

Blair grew up in the Riverview area in Winnipeg with his six siblings. He married long-time partner, Jan McGregor, and the young couple moved to the Carman area to try their hand at farming. They started a cattle farm in their twenties in the Stephenfield area. Blair’s varied career spanned cattle farming, ostrich and emu ranching, running the Midland Survival Games paintball field, carpentry and his last endeavour of creating custom dinosaur art through his company Dino Man.

In his free time, Blair enjoyed painting, creating custom jewelry, wood burning, drawing, carving and finding unique ways to express his artistic talents. Blair was fascinated by how animal skeletons fit together. He was known to take dead animals to the back of the farm and urinate on them every few days. This kept the coyotes away so that the birds and maggots could clean the bones and leave him with a pile of bones for puzzle like assembly. This creepy practice eventually inspired his Dino Man wooden dinosaur creations.

Blair was an adventure seeker and will be fondly remembered doing backflips off the second story of the houseboat, scuba diving in various countries, participating in demolition car competitions, performing his screeching dying rabbit calls to lure in coyotes, breaking horses, riding ostriches & wrangling his daughters untamed 4-H steers at the Carman fair.

A special thank you to the wonderful staff at Salem Home in Winkler for their loving care and support during his 4.5 year stay at the home. Also, the family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude towards Doyle’s funeral home for being very accommodating and understanding during this difficult time.

Comments  

#1 Renee Harms 2019-03-02 16:24
Jan, Sandy, Alex & Family,
My heartfelt condolence . Blair (dad) was a great neighbor. When I read that he had past my heat sank. I remember the paint ball games that he had going. The Ostriches in the yard. He'll be lovingly missed by all who knew him.
#2 Karin Kirchner 2019-03-04 08:55

Dear Alex,
Thinking of you and your whole family during this difficult time!
Your friend from Ag Dip,
Karin
#3 KAREN J KRUEGER 2019-03-04 11:25
Condolences to the family. Blair will be remembered for his mischievous smiles, zest for life and hunting for new adventures. He once told me to never be afraid to try things. RIP Blair.
#4 Peter and Rinie Vandermeulen 2019-03-04 12:06
We remember Blair's kindness to our kids when we were farming near St Daniel. He was a wonderful man and our family sends our condolences to his family.
#5 Barny Haines 2019-03-06 13:33
I am so sorry to hear...
#6 Deb & Rick Penner 2019-03-06 19:50
Sandy, Alex and family
Our deepest condolences to you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you!!

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