Memorial to Blaire Pellatt

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August 7, 2008 - It is with deep regret we announce the death of one of our members, Blaire Pellatt. Blaire died last night after having major surgery two weeks ago.  He is survived by his wife Sanna, and their three daughters.

You are invited to share your memories about Blair with his wife Sanna. email

Obituary as published in the Times-Colonist.

Saturday August 16th � 2:00 pm  - Funeral Mass held at St. Patrick�s Catholic Church. Blaire's Service (107k pdf)  Reception followed in the church hall.

A message to our members from Sanna Pellatt

August 7, 2008 - I don't know most of you, but Blaire was very involved with your group and loved his astronomy.  He had major surgery on July 22 to remove a large portion of his liver that had a massive tumor in it.  He had not wanted to tell anyone about the upcoming surgery, so as not to worry anyone.  He was going to let people know once he was recuperating at home.  Unfortunately, there were complications following the surgery, and he slowly went downhill.  He passed away peacefully yesterday at 11:50 pm, with our three young daughters and me by his side.  We all loved him so very much.  I wish I had spent more time with him looking at the stars, I know he is up there among them looking down on all of us.

Thank you for your kind words of support, they mean a lot to me and the girls. Blaire was a very special man and we will miss him so very much.

Blaire sharing his enthusiasm for astronomy with a potential young astronomer

Chris Gainor sharing a view of the Sun after Blair's Funeral Mass. Sidewalk Astronomy was Blair's passion - he would have been pleased.

Memorials from our members

Blair was a keen observer, and took great delight in sharing his enthusiasm for astronomy with kids of all ages. His active participation in various Victoria Centre public outreach and observing events will be greatly missed.

Joe Carr, President,
RASC Victoria Centre

How very sad.  My deepest condolences to Blair's family and friends.

Sherry Buttnor

My condolences to Blair's family. He was a bright point in this group and the night sky's won't seem quit as bright without his energy.

Rich Willis

Like others, I am shocked and very sad at this news.  Blair was a very keen observer and will be missed by all of us.

John McDonald, 2nd VP
RASC Victoria Centre

Sad new indeed.

Brian & Joanne Robilliard

This is very sad news, his enthusiasm will be greatly missed.

Bill Hill

This is awful news that  Betty and I are very sorry to learn. 

Jim Hesser, Director
Dominion Astrophysical Observatory

How very sad for those who are left behind.

Elizabeth van Akker

That's very sad news.

Jim Cliffe

This saddens me as I know it does all of us. I will miss his enthusiasm and dedication to promoting the passion we all share.

David Lee

This is such sad news. And, so unexpected.

We'll all miss him and all his generosity with his time and outreach.

Sandy Barta

When I think of Sidewalk Astronomy, I think of Blaire Pellatt.

Blaire made a unique contribution to our hobby and to our centre, and I'm very sorry to hear that we have lost him so prematurely.

We also know about Blaire's strong devotion to his family, and I greatly regret their loss.

Chris Gainor, National Representative
RASC Victoria Centre

Simply speechless, what a shock!

Sid Sidhu, 1st VP
RASC Victoria Centre

I am shocked and truly saddened by this news.  Blaire had such passion for Astronomy and was the perfect ambassador for Sidewalk Astronomy.  Public observing events will not be the same without him.

Li-Ann Skibo, Secretary
RASC Victoria Centre

Blaire's generous, enthusiastic spirit has been valued by all those who had the pleasure to spend time with him.

My heartfelt condolences to Sanna and daughters.

Brenda Stuart 

I had many enjoyable times with [Blaire] and I feel a great sense of sadness and loss.


Martin Shepherd 

I have just returned from the Mt. Kobau Star Party to hear of Blair's passing, so very sad.  His support of our outreach and sidewalk astronomy was appreciated and noted over the years. His strong character added to the diversity of the RASC Victoria Centre membership.

He absence will be noticed.

Bruno Quenneville

I'm shocked and saddened to hear about Blair's passing,  " Where there is hope, there is always a bright shining star near by", and, Blair was always a bright shining star to all of us, deepest condolences to his family.

Jennifer Bigelow & little JJ



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