Our Happy Whistler Blair Wilson Anderson March 8, 1919 - February 3, 2013
A dear heart and a tender soul, always with a twinkle in his eye, Blair W. Anderson died peacefully in Vancouver on February 3, 2013. Blair graduated in engineering from UBC and worked in the paper industry in Quebec, B. C. and California before establishing, in the dark days of the mid-seventies recession, a small manufacturing company that blossomed under his leadership to become a very successful international enterprise. Blair's oldest son Craig describes his father as ''a great business partner and constant friend who provided a solid base for growing a business. Blair was highly respected in industry, he was very ethical, and a man of his word. I was lucky to have almost twenty years of daily involvement with Dad who was also a pleasant lunch partner.'
Beyond his work, Blair was an avid skier and sailor, and a great lover of life, dubbed the ''Happy Whistler'' by his beloved wife Marjory. Any visitor to their home would be aware of Dad's watchful eye, his attention to everyone's needs, and a readiness to throw his head back in laughter.
Blair and Marj enjoyed each other's company for over sixty years and things were never quite the same without her. But our ''Dub'' remained a strong and charming presence in the lives of his children - Craig (and Paul), Clark (and Robin) and Leslie; his four grandchildren, Cameron (and Laurie), MacGregor (and Elysia), Anandi and Blair; and his two great grandsons, Gryffin and Naden. Our heartfelt thanks go to the staff at Sunrise, who took such gentle and respectful care of him. At Blair's specific request, we are planning a private family celebration of his life. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a favourite charity.
Saturday February 9, 2013
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