Ronald Blais

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Ronald P.J. Blais passed away peacefully at home with his loved ones by his side on June 26, 2021, following a battle with leukemia. He was born in Lewiston, on June 2, 1944, the son of Joseph R. and Jeanette (Levasseur) Blais. He joined the United States Air Force after graduating from Lewiston High School in 1963. He served for four years with a deployment to Vietnam. In 1968, Ron married Rose Hanscom. They moved to Presque Isle so that Ron could attend the University of Maine. He graduated in 1972 with a degree in education and relocated back to Lewiston where he began to work for the Civil Defense Department of Auburn. In 1977, Ron became a firefighter/paramedic with the Augusta Fire Department. He married Karol Sullivan Pereira in 1988. They lived in the Gardiner area until Ron retired from the fire department in December 1999. Retirement brought them to sunny Daytona Beach, Fla., in January 2000 where Ron became employed part-time at the Pelican Bay Golf Club. Ron had a larger-than-life personality with a sentimental soul. He was extremely social, never met a stranger, and was always the life of the party. He had the ability to captivate his audience. Ron was also a very talented woodworker. He was an active member of the Eagles Club, the Moose Club, and the American Legion (Post 361) where he served as the Chaplain. Ron was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by daughter, Lisa Blais and her partner William Jefferson of Manchester; daughter, Lori (Blais) Atwater and her husband Jamie of Dexter; son, Paul Blais and his partner Tammie Albert of China; stepson, James Pereira and his wife Laura of Williamsburg, Va.; stepson, Jason Pereira and his wife Nicole of Plymouth, Mass.; stepdaughter, Claudia Otieno and her husband Eric of Port Orange, Fla.; stepdaughter, Dr. Andrea Pereira of Chesapeake, Va.; 12 grandchildren to include Michael Allen, Jerry Allen, Aviana Otieno, Alexander Pereira, Brendan Pereira, Kaity McComb, Ellie McComb, Audrie Otieno, Annalise Pereira, D’allo Jefferson, Andersyn Pereira, and Averley Pereira; former wives, Rose Hanscom Bailey and Karol Blais; sister, Lilliette Nash and her husband Michael of Pompano Beach, Fla.; brother, Michael Blais and his wife Joanne of Lewiston, as well as multiple nieces and nephews.Family will have a memorial at the Veterans Cemetery at 1 p.m., on Oct. 8, 2021. Family and friends will gather for a celebration of Life at the VFW Post 887 in Augusta, on Friday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m.

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