David Blais

February 20, 1952March 16, 2012

David Blais, of South Dartmouth, sailed away on Friday, March 16, 2012. He was the beloved husband and best friend of Sue Ann San Soucy with whom he shared 30 magical years. Born in New Bedford on February 20, 1952, the son of the late Roland Blais, Claire (Phaneuf) Remillard and step-son of the late John Remillard, he grew up in New Bedford and lived in Dartmouth for most of his life. David was a graduate of New Bedford Vocational High School. He served in the United States Army. David was a talented artist, illustrator and craftsman who pursued many mediums in his work. He enjoyed woodworking and being creative around “the compound”, planting and cultivating trees and gardens. As a commercial artist, he lettered and leafed many of the boats and signs of the South Coast community. Most of all, David loved cruising Buzzards Bay aboard his classic Palmer Scott, “Buccaneer”. He spent many summer days and nights, together with family and friends, island hopping and exploring the treasures of the ocean. A local fixture of Padanaram, David was sometimes referred to as the “Mayor” and local children suspected him of being a pirate. He was most often seen and recognized driving the coastal village roads in various jeeps, always returning the wave, whether he knew you or not. David, “the Captain” and his first mate Susie loved sharing their time with their family and friends, often throwing impromptu parties. Hearing Blais’ tall tales brought lots of laughter to everyone who dared to listen. Surviving in addition to Sue Ann is his son, Jake R. Blais and his wife Ashley of South Hadley; his siblings, James Remillard and his wife Sherry of Charleston, SC, Adele Leeks of Fall River and Lisa Houle and her husband Carl of Fairhaven; David’s grandchildren, Alexander and Juliette Blais of South Hadley; and his niece, Kendra Leeks of Providence. A private celebration of David’s colorful life will be announced. Memorial contributions in David’s memory may be made to the Coalition for Buzzards Bay, 114 Front St., New Bedford, MA 02740 or the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust, PO Box P17, 404 Elm St., Dartmouth, MA 02748 or C.A.R.E. South Coast, 596 Hathaway Rd., New Bedford, MA 02740. For online tributes please visit:


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lisa johansen

July 18, 2012

Sue pls if you still receive these notices pls call 508-441-7800 or e-mail i think of you every day! truly I do pls if you can.

Trish Lyell

July 10, 2012

Sue Ann, I just heard this minute about Dave and I have to admit, though I knew he was sick, I fully expected to see him this summer (and every summer forever) and can't picture Padanaram without him. I know we haven't seen each other in years (on CuttyHunk) but I am sending warm and sad thoughts. I was so fond of him.
Trish Lyell

Ed Macedo

April 18, 2012

Sue, I am so sorry...... The Captain will always be your guiding light through any storms you may encounter and bring you bsck safely....

March 25, 2012

Sue Ann I've often thought about my friendships that I left behind, when I thought about you and David I always have a smile on my face. When you read the dates when someone was born to when they leave us you noticed there is always a dash ! David lived his dash with such love for you and for his friends. I will miss him, and hope to see you in the future. My prayers are with you and family. Marquita Jones ( Platt )

Kim Kane

March 24, 2012

Sue Ann, I was so sorry to hear about your husband's passing. Please know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Bob Magellan

March 23, 2012

David, I'll never forget all the good times we shared over the year's. And regret that we sailed alone over the last few years.My love go's out to you Sue Ann, he will surely be missed

March 22, 2012

Sue Ann, May your memories carry you through this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Rosemary D.

Renee Surprenant-Nolan

March 22, 2012

David and I had lots of fun adventures when he would visit family on Martha's Vineyard. I haven't seen him for years but it sounds like he grew up to be as cool as he was as a kid. My sympathies to all who loved him. Watch for signs of him in the sky. Word has it that family members like to return as seagulls...

March 21, 2012

I am so sorry I didn't get to say goodbye. I will always remember Dave's sense of humor, and by the fine work he did on my house. We always joked that he was "the best trim in town". I have a wonderful star and moon he carved into my stairs as well as a tiny whale at my roof line. I will remember him as a fine character and craftsman.

Lisa Carey

March 20, 2012

Sue as you know David is, was and will be forever be ONE OF A KIND. Such a gentle giant and a true friend forever. I am so very sorry Sue, but remember Sue you had the best! And to David's family I am so sorry. love to you all
Lisa Carey Johansen