March 13, 1949 – January 29, 2015
at the age of 65 years
Patrick Ross Blanchard passed on Thursday January 29, 2015 at age 65 in Shuswap Lake General Hospital, Salmon Arm. Pat was born March 13, 1949 in Midland, Ontario.
As a young man, he worked as a geo technician for Inco in field exploration. After living and working in BC, Saskatchewan, and Ontario, Pat and his family settled in the Salmon Arm area in 1998 where he worked with family at Hucul Printing. Pat loved to go huckleberry picking and hiking to old mine sites with his boys and their dog, Tricia. He will be lovingly remembered for his great humour, humble disposition and gentle personality.
Pat is survived by the loves of his life, wife, Camellia, his sons, Matthew (Salmon Arm), Sean (Sicamous), Ryan (Canoe), Benjamin and his wife Stevie (Olsson) of Calgary, brother Duane Blanchard and his partner Joan Leatherdale (Dundas), brother Tim Blanchard (Penatanguishene), sister -in – law Muriel Lowe-Blanchard (Barrie), and their children. Pat was predeceased by his mother Ann (Hucul), his father Sydney, and his brother Dale.
At Pat’s request there was no service but family and friends gathered at their home to celebrate his life.
The family would like to thank the many caring nurses and doctors who have worked with Pat over the years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Pat’s memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
There are not enough words to say how much Pat will be missed. He was funny gentle kind and loving. A man of great strengh determination.
A loving family man.
We send our love to you all.
Thinking of you all. Pat was a very kind man. His great sense of humour and strong warmth was always there for people. When we sat down for 10 o’clock coffee at Hucul Printing it was always a good time and I have many years of fond memories. I wish deep, positive thoughts for you all. Love from Otto
You are all in our thoughts and prayers, take joy in being together and take care of each other in this hard time. Know that Uncle Pat was a wonderful, kind man. We will miss him. I will always cherish the memories I have of all of us together, my favorite is visiting as a kid in the deep snow, Uncle Pat was always there to make us laugh. Lots of love from all of us to all of you.
So sorry to hear about Pat. Quiet, rock like foundation for you all. Awesome sense of humour.
Wonderful husband and father. Kind, kind man. Our hearts hurt for you. Take care of yourselves now. Love to all of you
We’re sending our love to all of you. Uncle Pat was a sweet man who always had a smile on his face. He was a very kind, soft-spoken, and made us laugh whenever possible. I will miss him, but am happy for the wonderful memories I was able to have with him. I hope you find some comfort in the happy memories he left us with. We love you all.
Big hugs to all of you I will always remember Pat for dimples, chuckles, and dry sense of humor that frequently went over my head. I will cherish my memories as I know you will Wonderful memories of a wonderful father and husband