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Gerald “Blair” Findlay

June 22, 1946-September 5, 2020

After a short, but very courageous battle with cancer, Blair was called to his eternal home.  He crossed over in the early evening of September 5, 2020, peacefully, at Boundary Trails Health Centre with family by his side.

Blair is survived by his loving and caring wife of 48 years, Thelma; daughter Shauna (Jon) Wolfe, grandchildren Andrew and Danyka Wolfe, grandson Tristan Slonowski, granddaughter Kateryna Findlay, son Mark (Loralee) Findlay and grandchildren Leah, Linden and Alex Findlay. 

Blair was born on June 22, 1946 to Ernest and Murielle Findlay.  Blair grew up on the family farm with his parents and three siblings; Barry, Judy and Patti.  He attended Brigdenly and Garnet Elementary Schools and Carman Collegiate.

Following school, he worked for local farmers and as a truck driver.  He was lucky to have the opportunity to follow his passion and began farming during the 1960’s.  He worked long and hard all of his life following his dream. 

Blair and Thelma Olson married on May 12, 1972.  They welcomed three children into their lives; Shauna Tobi (1975), Robert Andrew (1977) and Mark Blair (1979).  The highlight of his life was being Dad to his children whom he loved very much and was so proud of.  In his later years, Blair was thrilled to welcome several grandchildren into the fold.  “Papa” will always hold a special place in all of their hearts.

Blair found great joy in following his children’s and grandchildren’s sports and arts activities, curling in Sperling and Carman for many years, spending early mornings with the Sperling Coffee Group and enjoying time with family and friends at the lake.

He always had a project on the go in the shop.  When he wasn’t busy maintaining and fixing machinery, he could be found building a variety of items.  These included such things as wooden swings, tables and benches as well as wishing wells and an ingenious bale pusher.  One of his unfinished projects was building a covered wagon. 

We all miss you incredibly, but we know that you are with us as we continue to walk this journey of life.

God Saw You Getting Tired

God saw you getting tired and a cure was not to be,

So he put his arms around you and whispered, “Come to me.”

With tearful eyes we watched you, and saw you pass away.

And although we love you dearly, we could not make you stay.

A golden heart stopped beating, hardworking hands at rest.

God broke our hearts to prove to us he only takes the best.

A big thank you to the wonderful staff at St. Boniface Hospital and Boundary Trails Health Centre for your caring and compassion during Blair’s time there. 

A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2020 at 11:00 am at the Sperling Cemetery with Dee McEachern officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Sperling Rink Board,  Box 33, Sperling, MB R0G 2M0.


#16 Paul & Sharon Warkentine 2020-09-12 03:48
Mark & Loralee, we are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers for your entire family are for peace and comfort as you navigate the now and the time ahead.
#17 Evelyn Froebe 2020-09-12 09:58
I am so sorry to hear of Blair’s passing. My deepest condolences to you and your family.
#18 Cathy & Mark Sandercock 2020-09-12 17:25
Thelma our Sincere Condolences to you and Your Family. Our thoughts are with you All during this difficult time.
#19 Calvin and Corie Pritchard 2020-09-12 17:33
Thelma and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.
#20 Chip and Lorraine Hand 2020-09-12 19:05
Thelma, our sincere sympathy as you and the family grieve the loss of your dear Blair.
#21 Joan Johnston 2020-09-13 10:45
Deepest sympathy to you and your family, Thelma!
#22 Bob and Ruth Johnston 2020-09-13 11:39
Thelma, Shauna, Mark and families. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. May good memories help you thru the days ahead.
#23 Alice Miller 2020-09-13 11:52
So sorry to hear of your loss, Mark and Loralee. Glenn saw your dads picture here and said Hey I have seen that man at the rink for years and did t know who he was! You will miss him in your lives. Hope memories can help you through this difficult time.
Alice and Glenn
#24 Cindy Payette 2020-09-13 16:08
So sorry for your loss
#25 larry Stevenson 2020-09-13 18:17
Dear Thelma and family we are just so sorry to hear of your loss of Blair. May you find strength in the coming days, in knowing he is now without pain, and he loved you all very much. Our sincerest sympathy. Hugs to all
#26 MARG HOLLISTON 2020-09-13 20:16

#27 Al & Tanis Ducharme 2020-09-17 16:11
Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Take Care, Al & Tanis

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