June 5, 2018
Family man, supporter of the community and respected pillar of the business community are words that people will use when remembering Blair Douglas of Caledonia. Sadly, Blair passed away on May 29, 2018, leaving behind a community that mourns his loss, and family grieving the loss of a husband, father, grandfather, son, and brother. Blair was well known throughout Queens County and a strong supporter of North Queens. The Douglas family owned and operated N. F. Douglas and Company Ltd. from 1875, supporting community initiatives over many decades.
In addition to being a good corporate citizen, Blair was well known for his volunteer efforts in the community. He served previously on the executive of the North Queens Board of Trade, coordinated Canada Day events, was an advisor to the UNESCO Southwest Nova Biosphere Reserve Association and a founding member of the Mersey Tobeatic Research Institute. Blair was also part of the founding committee for the North Queens Business Hub, collaborating with the North Queens Fire Association for the wonderful new facility that houses both the North Queens Fire Department and the North Queens Business and Innovation Hub. Blair previously served as past chair of the North Queens Medical Centre Foundation, and was a man who championed and financially supported his community of Caledonia, North Queens, and Queens County at every opportunity. He shared his vision of what Queens could become as a part of the seven-member Transition Advisory Team who developed recommendations for economic recovery in Queens following the closure of the former Bowater Mersey mill in 2012.
Few have touched as many local lives as Blair Douglas, and I am honoured to have known him. His loss will be felt deeply by many. May his wife Jean and family find comfort in the fact that Blair made Queens County stronger through his actions, knowing his legacy will continue in Queens. Our thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.
Mayor David Dagley
Region of Queens Municipality