Arnold Leroy Blair

February 22, 1915 – November 25, 2019
After a long stay, our beloved cowboy has moved along to the next camp. Arnold departed quietly on November 25, 2019 at the age of 104 years.
Arnold was predeceased by Jean, his loving wife of 65 years, his son Greg, grand-daughters Rochelle and Deborah, and friend Ivy Stang. He will be sadly missed by his children Marion Tone (Gene), Carolyn Onusko, Terry (Jeannette), Pat (Corinne), Robin (Joanne) and daughter-in-law Carol; his brother Percy (Margaret); sister Marlene (Bernard) Lavallee and sister-in-law Anne Murray; his ten grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren, and a very special friend, Len.
Arnold was born in Lousana, Alberta, in a setting of wind-swept grain fields and galloping horses, and lived his life never far from the great outdoors that he always loved. As a young family man, Arnold gained experience working various jobs and learned many skills in his years of farming, mining, and farrier work. Other talents, including his knack for mechanics, were acquired out of necessity at a time when service providers and resources were scarce. In 1956, Arnold went to work with the CN railway where he remained until his retirement in 1979. In 2004, Arnold and Jean moved to Red Deer to enjoy their golden years.
Second only to his love of family was Arnold’s lifelong love of horses. Arnold spent many years training and racing thoroughbreds and, after retirement, his racing travels with Jean were among his happiest times. Arnold was a dedicated grandparent, who cherished every visit and never lost the ability to see the world through a child’s eyes. He was an attentive Grandpa to his young visitors, and an adventurous companion. His eyes lit up like theirs as he arranged pony rides, and later wheelchair rides where an excited four-year-old could learn to drive.
On behalf of Arnold, his family would like to thank his many friends and acquaintances who made his life such a wonderful journey. Thank you also to the staff of RDRHC Unit 32 for your kindness and compassion.
A funeral service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church on December 3, 2019 at 1 pm, with luncheon and tribute to follow.
Interment will take place on December 4th at the Lousana cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, if desired, Arnold would be honoured by a donation in his memory to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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