David Blais, of South Dartmouth, sailed away on Friday, March 16, 2012. He was the beloved husband and best friend of Sue Ann San Soucy with whom he shared 30 magical years.
Born in New Bedford on February 20, 1952, the son of the late Roland Blais, Claire (Phaneuf) Remillard and step-son of the late John Remillard, he grew up in New Bedford and lived in Dartmouth for most of his life. David was a graduate of New Bedford Vocational High School. He served in the United States Army.
David was a talented artist, illustrator and craftsman who pursued many mediums in his work. He enjoyed woodworking and being creative around "the compound", planting and cultivating trees and gardens. As a commercial artist, he lettered and leafed many of the boats and signs of the South Coast community. Most of all, David loved cruising Buzzards Bay aboard his classic Palmer Scott, "Buccaneer". He spent many summer days and nights, together with family and friends, island hopping and exploring the treasures of the ocean.
A local fixture of Padanaram, David was sometimes referred to as the "Mayor" and local children suspected him of being a pirate. He was most often seen and recognized driving the coastal village roads in various jeeps, always returning the wave, whether he knew you or not.
David, "the Captain" and his first mate Susie loved sharing their time with their family and friends, often throwing impromptu parties. Hearing Blais' tall tales brought lots of laughter to everyone who dared to listen.
Surviving in addition to Sue Ann is his son, Jake R. Blais and his wife Ashley of South Hadley; his siblings, James Remillard and his wife Sherry of Charleston, SC, Adele Leeks of Fall River and Lisa Houle and her husband Carl of Fairhaven; David's grandchildren, Alexander and Juliette Blais of South Hadley; and his niece, Kendra Leeks of Providence.
A private celebration of David's colorful life will be announced.
Memorial contributions in David's memory may be made to the Coalition for Buzzards Bay, 114 Front St., New Bedford, MA 02740 or the Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust, PO Box P17, 404 Elm St., Dartmouth, MA 02748 or C.A.R.E. South Coast, 596 Hathaway Rd., New Bedford, MA 02740. For online tributes please visit: www.waring-sullivan.com