OBITUARY

Wren Blair

October 2, 1925January 2, 2013

BLAIR, Wren Alvin It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Wren Alvin Blair of Hillsdale Estates, Oshawa on January 2nd, 2013. Wren was born in Lindsay, Ontario October 2nd, 1925. Predeceased by his wife Elma (nee Pearce) and his sister Merle Taylor (nee Blair). Son of the late Alvin and Audrey Blair. Will be dearly missed by his daughter Jill Krahule and her husband Peter, his son Dan Blair and wife Libby. Loving Grandpa to Ryan and his wife Christine, Brandon, Laura, Jen and Great Grandpa to Madison. Survived by his brothers Lyle and Gerald. A caring and devoted father, husband and grandfather, he will be remembered for his generosity and love for his children. Wren was known as “The Bird” in hockey circles and had spent more than 50 years in the sport he loved. He has coached, managed, and owned hockey teams in various leagues in North America. His name is linked with success in junior, senior and professional leagues. He was founder and General Manager of the Whitby Dunlops 1957 Allan Cup Champions and 1958 World International Champions. General Manager of the Clinton Comets of the U.S. Eastern League (1958-1971). Wren brought the Oshawa Generals OHA Junior “A” back in 1962. He’s the hockey man who discovered Bobby Orr who starred for the Oshawa Generals before joining the Boston Bruins. Coach and General Manager of the Kingston Frontenacs of the Eastern Professional Hockey League (1960-1963). He was the first General Manager (1966-74) and Coach (1967-70) of the Minnesota North Stars of the NHL. Owner of the Saginaw Gears in the International Hockey League (1971-1983) won two Turner Cup Championships. Co-owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL (1975-1977). Director of Player Personnel of the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL (1979-1985). Managing Partner and part owner of the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL (1989-2000). Inducted into the Oshawa Sports Hall Of Fame (1986). Inducted into the Whitby Sports Hall Of Fame (1998). Inducted into the Saginaw County Sports Hall Of Fame (2007). Co-founder of PineStone Inn Haliburton. Together with Jim Gregory, Wren built Haliburton Hockey Haven Boys Camp in Haliburton. In 2001 Wren was largely instrumental in bringing hockey back to Saginaw, the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League. In that same year Wren proudly wrote his autobiography titled “The Bird” which contained his stories of legendary players like Bobby Orr, Gump Worsley, Bill Goldsworthy as well as hockey executives. His love of hockey was life long. Visitation will be held at OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West (905-721-1234) on Thursday, January 10th from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 p.m. A Celebration of Wren’s Life will be held in the Chapel on Friday, January 11th at 1:00 p.m. Memorial donations to the Hospital for Sick Children would be appreciated.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, January 10, 2013
  • Visitation Thursday, January 10, 2013
  • Memorial Service Friday, January 11, 2013
REMEMBERING

Wren Blair

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Todd Laster

April 2, 2013

Danny,
Sorry to hear of the passing of your Father. I lived right up the road from you guys on Gleason Road in Edina and remember playing on the pond behind your house!
Todd Laster
Edina HS Class of '73

February 6, 2013


Gerald Lyle and family
missed this news at the time
found it now sorry for your loss
cousin
Nancy l (Cook) Spencer Oakwood on

January 19, 2013

Jill and Dan Just read the news of your fathers passing. My Dad was a cousin on the Callan side of your family. I remember your Dad from very early days. He was a great guy and much respected by so many people. Sorry to have missed the opportunity to visit with you. thinking of you both and your families at this difficult time.
Gordon and Elaine Callan
gordoncallan@sympatico.ca

Reid & Connie Erickson

January 15, 2013

Danny.....just received an article from my parents in Minneapolis and learned of the passing of your father. It has been far too long since we have spoken, but I wanted you to know my thoughts and prayers are with you and family. Our deepest sympathies for your loss.

Mark Yaroff

January 11, 2013

Jill and Danny so sorry for your loss, only remember your dad and mom from from younger years late 60's, my parents were friends of your parents and spent some weekends at your cottage in Haliburton. I still have a memory of riding dirt bikes with you Jill in Haliburton and you singing and playing guitar. Both your parents were amazing people, my parents both in their 80's talk about the 1950's Dunnys and 1960's hockey in Whitby and the freindship they had with your parents

my deepest sympathy Mark Yaroff

Gary Brabin

January 11, 2013

It is with great sadness to hear of the passing of another original dunnie, and of a true hockey hero . He leaves behind a fantastic hockey legacy ..His accomplishments speak for themselves ..Our thoughts are with you ..Gary Brabin and Family

January 10, 2013

Jill, Danny and families - I want to offer my condolences on Wren's passing. He was a dear friend and colleague. I especially remember fondly our times together in Kingston in the early '60's with the Frontenacs. I regret that I could not travel from Kingston last week to visit with you.
Major Danny McLeod - Kingston, Ontario

January 10, 2013

Jill:I am deeply saddened by the loss of your father. I know you were there for him every step of his sickness and the care you gave to him even before he went to the nursing home.
I want to thank your father for building Pinestone with his hockey buds.It provided 16 years of employment for me from 1988-2004. It was a hub of fun all seasons of the year-lots of golfers and skiers. The Gallery was a great addition as it provided the atmosphere for these groups. I was thrilled to be part of that.
My niece,Michelle Pollard, is a good friend of Jen-went to school together. I was able to contact her in Mexico about Wren's death and she will be at the funeral on Friday.
There is going to be a huge change in your life as you and Peter venture forth into the future. Fathers are hard to loose. I will pray that you will adjust to another change just like you did when your mother died.
You are blessed with so many people caring for you and the life that your DAD provided.

JAN TEDFORD
past employee at Pinestone
your singing at Pinestone was enjoyed by many especially your father

January 10, 2013

Dan, Libby and family...so very sorry to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers - Jeff & Ruth

Gary Agnew

January 10, 2013

Jill and Danny, our condolences to you and your family. We have very fond memories of our times in Kingston working for Wren and I will always remember him as a great and passionate hockey man
Gary Agnew, Saint Louis Blues