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BLAHUT, Don (James) (1949-2004)

Peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, Don Blahut passed away at North Bay General Hospital, Scollard Site on Sunday, December 26th, 2004, in his 55th year. Beloved husband of Judy, and father of Jennifer (David) and Jonathan (Andrea). Don was predeceased by his father Henry Blahut and mother-in-law Jean MacLean. Survived by his mother May Blahut, father-in-law Ross MacLean; siblings: Gord (Kathie), Gail (Bob), Neil (Sandy), June, Janice (Alex), Glen (Victoria), Heather (Paul), Moira (Ken), and siblings of wife Judy: Hal, Scott, Susan (Paul) and Sandi (Joe). Nieces and nephews will remember his gentle, yet playful nature, love of life, and love for everyone around him. A valued member of the community, Don was President of the Nipissing Trappers Council, and contributed in every way imaginable to minor hockey, ringette and baseball. Don dedicated his services in the protection of Ontario's natural resources with the Ministry of Natural Resources. He was the proud winner of the Jules Perron Award, presented by Fur Harvesters Auction for contribution to the promotion of the trapping industry and to the conservation of all fur bearers and their habitat. Visitation will be held at the MARTYN FUNERAL HOME (across from City Hall) on Wednesday, December 29th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The funeral will take place Thursday, December 30th at 11 a.m. As expressions of sympathy, donations will be graciously accepted for the North Bay General Hospital Foundation or the Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre in Sudbury.