Blair Neatby, born in Renown, Saskatchewan in 1924, died peacefully at the Ottawa Civic Hospital surrounded by family on March 11, 2018.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 47 years Jacqueline (née Côté) in 2008. He is survived by two of his seven siblings Ken (Pat) and Philip (Marian), his sister-in-law (Denise Boissonneault), his children Nicole, Pierre (Anne Delmas) and Jacques (Anne-Marie Migneault), and three bright young granddaughters Christine, Stephanie and Gabrielle whose accomplishments were a source of pride. He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews who brought him joy.
Blair Neatby was a WW II veteran and professor of Canadian history who received multiple prizes for his teaching. He authored studies on the Depression, Quebec political history and was an official biographer of Prime Minister Mackenzie King. His deep commitment to improving French-English relations led him to accept the position of research director for the Bilingual and Bicultural Commission and to live his home life in French.
The family wishes to extend their heart-felt thanks to the caring staff at the Villagia in the Glebe residence (formerly Palisades) and to the many there who became good companions.
Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair and McGarry, 315 McLeod St., Ottawa, on Friday, April 13 from 2:00-4:00pm and 7:00-9:00 p.m. A Celebration of Life will be held at in the Chapel on Saturday, April 14 at 11:00 am. Donations may be made, in lieu of flowers, to the United Way.