Orser, Dr. W. Blair UE, MB, CD: 1925-2015.
Dr. W. Blair Orser, long-time physician and community builder, passed away in Fredericton, on 21 January 2015. He was 89.
Blair, son of Arnold and Edna (Nicholson) Orser, was born in Windsor, New Brunswick, on 16 April 1925. He is survived by his wife of 59 years their four married children and eight grandchildren.
After graduating from the Carleton County Grammar School in 1943, Blair received his B.Sc. (UNB) in 1947, his M.Sc. (University of Western Ontario) in 1949 and an MD (Dalhousie) in 1954. After a short time practising medicine in Saint John, he and his wife moved to Bathurst in 1955 where he practised family medicine until 1971. He became the Medical Officer and later Medical Director at Brunswick Mining and Smelting, retiring in 1988.
Very active in the community and medical fraternity, Blair served as Mayor of Bathurst from 1971 to 1974. His administration implemented a number of major successful initiatives including a modernization of city governance and initiation of large investments in water and treatment facilities that resulted in putting Bathurst years ahead of its counterparts in that area. He was the first chairman of School District 4, a member of the Canadian Forces Militia, President of the New Brunswick Medical Society (1965) and held a number of posts with St. John Ambulance including the role of Provincial Commissioner from 1984 to 1988.
Other community involvement included a very active role in the UNB Associated Alumni. He was a Knight in the Order of St. John, President of the Bathurst Rotary Club, Past President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and President of the Fredericton Branch of the United Empire Loyalists' Association of Canada.
In addition to professional and community participation and achievement, Blair and his wife had many close friends, entertained and travelled widely. They and their children enjoyed all the best that the Bathurst area, and later Fredericton, offered.
Visitation was held at McAdam's Funeral Home, on Friday, 23 January. A service to celebrate his life was held at the J. A. McAdam Memorial Chapel, on Saturday, 24 January 2015.
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|Publication:||The Loyalist Gazette|
|Date:||Mar 22, 2015|
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