Blair Legere

Born: Wed., Dec. 28, 1938
Died: Wed., Feb. 5, 2020

Funeral Mass

11:00 AM Sat., Feb. 08, 2020
Location: Holy Family Church

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Jude “Blair” Legere
Sydney Mines

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Jude “Blair” Legere on Wednesday February 5, 2020 at An Cala, Cape Breton Regional Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Sydney Mines on December 28, 1938, he was the son of the late Leslie & Christine “Nixie” (MacNeil) Legere. Blair met the love of his life and best friend Ruth in Sydney Mines where they lived a full and wonderful life together for 56 years. Blair was devoted to his family, and will always be remembered as a loving husband, Dad and Grandad and having a special bond with his sister and only sibling Mary. He will be remembered as a gentle soul and a generous and humble man who loved telling stories; a real homebody that treasured living in, and exploring Cape Breton Island.  After enjoying many years in his family home on Stafford Avenue, Blair spent his remaining years making great new friends in a retirement community and attending the Harborview Adult Day Program.
Blair enjoyed family camping trips and fishing with his children and grandkids. Blair was known for his many artistic talents especially drawing, calligraphy, painting and making handcrafted toys for his children and grandchildren. Blair loved tending to his beautiful garden which was admired by many.  Blair enjoyed dining out in search for the best liver n’ onions or fish cakes and beans. He was a real connoisseur of mincemeat pie & ginger chocolate and marmalade.  
Blair began his working career with CN railway and was later employed for 23 years at the Adult Vocational Training Center with media services/print shop department. He will be remembered by colleagues for his ability to fix anything with his Swiss army knife.  
Blair is survived by his wife Ruth (Greenwell); children, Rob (Kim), Michael (Sharon) and Denise; grandchildren, Christina, Todd, Breana, MacKenzie, Maxwell & Mason and his sister, Mary Holland (Bun) & nephews Luc (Kelly) and John (Sonia) and Sister in law Elizabeth Jessome & Family. Special thanks to all our family, friends and neighbors, Northside Homemakers, Dr. Ghenea, Dr. Kelly, Dr. D’Intino, Unit 3B & An Cala staff, and all the health care professionals that supported us through this journey.
Blair will be greatly missed and forever in our hearts. In accordance with Blair’s wishes, cremation has taken place. There will be no visitation. A funeral Mass will be held Saturday February 8, 2020, at 11 am, in Holy Family Church, Sydney Mines, with Fr. Jim Oliver officiating. A reception will follow in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Society, Hospice Cape Breton; An Cala Palliative Care Unit; Northside Homemakers Service Society or a charity of your choice. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to his family at

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Damien and Millie
   Posted Thu February 06, 2020
Dear Mrs. Legere, Michael, Rob, Denise and Families. Please accept our sincere condolences on the passing of Mr. Legere. He was a kind, interesting, and well respected man. Damien and Millie

Todd and Jenn White
   Posted Thu February 06, 2020
Dear Michael and Sharon and family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Hold tight to your memories and family as they will bring you through this. If there’s anything at all we can do we are here.

Amy M
   Posted Thu February 06, 2020
My thoughts and prayers are with Ruth and all of Blair's family. He was such a living, kind soul I had the privelage to help. Xoxo Nurse Amy

Wayne mollons
   Posted Thu February 06, 2020
Dear Denise and Family

So sorry for your loss of your Dad , My deepest condolences.

Sandra Kelly(Alzheimer's Coffee and Conversation Group)
   Posted Fri February 07, 2020
Dear Ruth and family,
It is with great sadness I read of Blair's passing this morning.Blair was certainly a great addition to our many Monday Coffee and Conversation Groups,he was the gentlemen who was quite modest regarding his many talents ,I always enjoyed his quick wit and his gentle demeanor.He was a fine human being and you I am certain will miss his quiet presence at your side.To you and your family I offer you my deepest condolence.
Sandra Kelly(Alzheimer's Coffee and Conversation Group)

Anne (MacNeil) & Russell MacDonald
   Posted Fri February 07, 2020
Mary & family,
We are sorry to read of your brother’s passing. May your pleasant memories of your times with him keep you strong.

Shelda Cochrane
   Posted Fri February 07, 2020
Denise: Sending my sincere condolences to you and your family. It's clear from reading about your Dad he was a very kind, generous and well-respected man, who will be greatly missed. Thinking of you, especially during the days ahead.

Carol Goddard
   Posted Fri February 07, 2020
Denise - on behalf of the staff and members of the Board of Directors of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Halifax, please extend our condolences and kindest wishes. Also know that all of us are thinking about you - take care.

Vicky Jaggard
   Posted Fri February 07, 2020
Dear Denise,

Sending warm thoughts and prayers to you and your family. Though I didn't know your father, reading the obituary I could recognize the man you spoke fondly of. Remember to take care of yourself now and then in the difficult days ahead.

Steven & Lori Mancini
   Posted Fri February 07, 2020
We were saddened to hear the news about Blair. Steven has so many wonderful memories and stories of growing up across the street. We are sending our condolences to all of you during this very difficult time. He was a wonderful man and he will always have a place in our heart. Love to you all!

Ruth & Morgan Jessome ~ Clair McKay
   Posted Fri February 07, 2020
Aunt Ruth and my cousins,

Our deepest condolences on the loss of Uncle Blair. May the beautiful memories you all have comfort you during these dark days.

May you all take comfort knowing that love is a bond that not even death can take. Although Uncle Blair is gone from your arms he will remain in your hearts forever and a day.

All our love and hugs.....Ruth, Morgan and Claire

Adrian macdougall
   Posted Fri February 07, 2020
I've known since we were kids and he was a gentleman then. My sincere condolences go to
Ruthy and the family. Go with God Blair.

Tammy Gillis
   Posted Fri February 07, 2020
Denise and family,
I am so sorry to read of your dad’s passing. Sending you my sincere condolences.

Alyson King Jenkins
   Posted Fri February 07, 2020
Ruth & family:
I am so sorry to read of Blair's passing. May the memories you made with him help you during this sad time. God bless you all. (((Hugs)))
Alyson King Jenkins

Stewart and Paula MacNeil
   Posted Fri February 07, 2020
Dear Ruthy,Robbie,Micheal,Denise and all the rest of your family,
I am saddened to hear of of Blair’s passing. He was a fine example of a life well lived. I will cherish the memories of growing up in the neighbourhood and will count myself among the lucky ones to have known him. Hugs to you all and God bless you all.
Stewart&Paula MacNeil.

Darren Dennis
   Posted Fri February 07, 2020
I was fortunate to grow up in the safest of neighbourhoods of Forrest Street, and Stafford & Fraser Avenues during the late 60's, 70's and 80's. The neighbourhood included the Francis', MacDougall's, Mancini's, Toomey's, Long's, MacInnis', MacMillan's, Taylor's, Huntley's, Legere's, Pero's and more. Whether we were playing road hockey, baseball, or block chase, all the parents looked out for every kid, not just their own. Mr. Legere was one of those parents that knew the kids in the area, and watched out for us all.

My favourite recollection of Mr. Legere is Michael and I working on a school project together for the local science fair, we might have been 9 or 10 years old. I can't recall what the project was, but we needed some adult help with carpentry tools. Mr. Legere had a small workshop in his basement, complete with a small workbench. I remember us facing obstacle after obstacle with the project, and Mr. Legere always having an innovative solution to our current stumbling block. As a child, I was in awe of his creativeness and his hands on ability.

As a kid, we lacked the ability to gauge people. It wasn't until I became a young adult, and returned to Sydney Mines for visits, that I realized Mr. Legere was a true Gentleman, with a capital G.

Mrs. Legere, Rob, Michael, Denise, and families, please accept my deepest and heartfelt condolences.

Darren Dennis

Anna & Bob Landry
   Posted Sat February 08, 2020
Dear Ruth
I’ve been thinking of you & Blair lately,lost your email,now I just read Blair’s passing. Please accept our love & sympathy in your loss & of my great friend. Will be in touch again on our next trip . Love Anna & Bob Landry.

Arthur Cluett
   Posted Sat February 08, 2020
He was also a cherished friend, especially to my parents, Donnie and Ethel Cluett, working side-by-side with Da at the AVTC for years. "Uncle Blair" was such a kind and humble person. Much love to Ruth and the family, and so sorry for your loss. Rest in peace, Uncle Blair.

Gerard A. Gouthro
   Posted Sat February 08, 2020
Ruth, I worked with Blair for quite a number of years at the Adult Vocational Centre. He was an awesome co-worker who did not hesitate to do a favor when needed. I regret not being able to attend the funeral due to the road conditions from Glace Bay. Sincere Condolences to you and your family. Gerard Gouthro

Betty Kelly
   Posted Sat February 08, 2020
So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this time of sorrow.

Chris & Al Wells
   Posted Sat February 08, 2020
Denise: Our special thoughts and condolences are with you and your family at this time.

Jan Mills
   Posted Sat February 08, 2020
Mike,Sharon and the Legere Family
Mike,So sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing.
Our thoughts are with you and your family.
Take Care
Jan, Brooke, Jeff and the Mills Family ,Mira

Patsy (mc neil)Skalaa & Emile ..
   Posted Sat February 08, 2020
Ruth and family we are so sorry to hear of Blairs passing our condolences to you and family and Mary..I have some fond memories of him and Mary when we were young....

Susan & Eric MacNeil
   Posted Sun February 09, 2020
We are so sorry to hear of Blair’s passing.
Our hearts go out to you all.

Cyril Aker
   Posted Sun February 09, 2020
Dear Ruth, Lorraine and I would like to express our sincere condolences on the passing of Blair. Our thoughts are with you.

Roger & Sherry Taylor
   Posted Tue February 11, 2020
To Ruth & Family, we send our love and condolences in your time of such sorrow.Blair was such a nice person he will be greatly missed.

Cassie Brochu
   Posted Tue February 11, 2020
Ruth,Denise and familyOur deepest condolences on the loss of Blair.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.Cassie Brochu

Myrna Blakeney
   Posted Wed February 12, 2020
Please accept my sincere condolences to you and family.

Ken Mullins
   Posted Thu February 13, 2020
Ruth: I was so shocked to read Blair’s obituary on line. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

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