Community remembers Maurice Blanchard
File photo...The community is mourning Maurice Blanchard, a well known Local musician and fisherman, after his untimely passing Sunday. A public funeral service will take place on Wednesday.
Many in Portage la Prairie are mourning the loss of a very well respected fisherman and exceptional musician after the passing of Maurice Blanchard. Blanchard passed away, Sunday, at the age of 78.
Maurice Blanchard was born on December 20, 1933 in Pipestone, Man. to Alphonse and Anne Blanchard. He was raised and received his education in Pipestone before marrying and raising his family in Portage la Prairie.
He will be remembered as a man with many talents: an avid fisherman, a very talented musician, an Olympic qualified marksman, and a dedicated gardener.
He is best known for is his fish fry fundraisers he held for everyone from organizations like the Heart and Stroke Foundation, CancerCare, schools, churches and many others.
"There was a lot of times he didn't make any money on the fish fry, he did it for charity. As a volunteer he went outside of that realm of volunteerism to make sure that these events carried on and that the people did well," said Blanchard.
A public funeral service/interment will be held on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Hillside Cemetery.
He will be remembered by his wife Shirley, sons Randy and Dennis, daughters Daphne and Corrie, brother Joe, sister Doreen, sister-in-law Juliet Cromarty, and brother-in-law Marcel Lavallee. He is also survived by 15 grandchildren, six great grandchildren, as well as many, many special friends and relatives.
For the full story see Tuesday's edition of the Portage Daily Graphic.