Blair Michael Phillip James

11/08/1982 - 18/05/2020

Obituary for Blair Michael Phillip James

August 11, 1982 - May 18, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Blair James announces his unexpected passing at the age of 37 on Monday, May 18th, 2020 in Grande Prairie, AB.

Blair was born in Edmonton, AB and spent the majority of his childhood growing up on an acreage in Ardrossan, AB. It was during these years that he grew to love the outdoors, motorbikes, and snowmobiles.

Blair attended grade school at Holy Redeemer Catholic School in Ardrossan. In 1997 his family moved to Grande Prairie where he attended Grande Prairie Composite High. Blair graduated in 2000 and went on to acquire his Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanic ticket with a Red Seal from N.A.I.T.

Shortly after graduating from high school, Blair met and fell in love with Chantel Mulcahy. They were married on May 20th, 2006.

Blair played competitive hockey most of his younger years until he found his true passion which was motocross. Beginning in his high school years, Blair began to competitively race in the Peace Motocross Association and went on to win both the 125 and 250 intermediate levels in the same season. During those motocross years Blair formed friendships that have endured to this day.

Blair was blessed with two beautiful children, Zoey (2013) and Ryker (2016). He was an amazing dad who enjoyed spending quality time with them. As a family one of their favourite things to do was to go camping and Blair particularly loved sitting around a roaring fire.

Blair was a wonderful man with a big heart. He was a perfectionist and was gifted with many talents besides his mechanical abilities. He always gave 110% to everything he touched.

Blair leaves behind his loving wife Chantel, children Zoey (6) and Ryker (3); parents Kevin and Wendy; brother Scott (Adrienne) and niece Sarah (2); father and mother-in-law Greg and Faye Mulcahy; brothers-in-law Travis and Tyler (Mulcahy); sister-in-law Shelby (Lucas) Marcoccia; grand-father Hardy Korgaard; uncles Glenn and Roger (Nancy) Korgaard and Kim (Kathy) James; cousins Chris (Shannon) James, Danielle, Emily and Calum (Korgaard) as well as numerous friends.

Blair was predeceased by his grandmothers Naomi Korgaard and Rene Arneil and his grandfather Phillip Allen James.

Blair, you will always be a huge part of all of us and will be forever missed. Our hearts are heavy now, but a day will come when we will be able to see past the tears and rest in our love for you and the joy you brought to our lives. We pray you have found the peace you so desperately sought.

If you would like to spend some time and say goodbye to Blair, viewing will be held at Bear Creek Funeral Home on Saturday, May 23, 2020 from 7-9pm.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, May 26th, 2020 at 1:00 PM at Bear Creek Funeral Home, 11802 99th Avenue, Grande Prairie, AB.

With current COVID-19 restrictions on public gatherings, the funeral home can accommodate a limited amount of people. A livestream of the service will be available on Bear Creek Funeral Home’s Youtube channel ( Guests are welcome to watch the livestream in the parking lot if they are not able to be accommodated in the halls.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to a trust fund that has been set up for Zoey and Ryker. You can donate via e-transfer to

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742

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We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Blair. Our thoughts and prayers are with you - my heart aches just thinking about it. The Smith family is with you in your time of need.
- Brent Smith
We find it difficult to express our sorrow of the passing of Blair. We always think of Blair with fondness, especially his hugs and smiles he so easily gave. We are truly sorry for what you are going through; our hearts go out to you. John & Gail Coffin
- Gail Coffin
We are heart broken for all of you. We have so many great memories of Blair and family during Blair's hockey career in Ardrossan. Such a gentle soul. Our family has been remembering and feeling so saddened by Blair's passing. Many hugs from the Christensen Family.
- Dale Christensen
To the James family, I am heartbroken to hear about Blair's passing. Blair has always been so kind and caring. I have a great memories from the years in high school that we were friends, hanging out at the dirt bike track and in shop class (the day his blood sugars were low). I was so excited to go to grad with him but was too nervous to smile still having braces back then. I can't imagine the hole left in your hearts, my thoughts are with you. Rest In Peace Blair
- Falin kostiuk
Wendy .... So sad to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and Kevin.
- Ray McComb
We are both so very saddened to learn of Blair's passing. We remember him so well from his early years playing hockey in Ardrossan Such a large hole has been created since he left this earth. Our hearts go out to the Whole Family during this difficult time So Sorry
- Gord EIleenWagar
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Gale and Ted Hehr
- Hehr
To Blair and Family, It was my pleasure to have shared a part of his life, i share in your grief in this sad time. May my condolences bring you comfort and ease the pain of this loss. I'm here whenever you need me.
- Jesse Dyer
I remember coming home from a motocross race back in the day and my windshield wipers stopped working, Blair and I had this great idea to tie a rope on them and feed the rope threw the windows on both sides, he was in the passenger side so he had control of the ropes while I drove , as he pulled the left rope the wipers went up and as he pulled the right side they would go down , had a lot of good laughs with Blair threw higher school also and very sad to hear he has passed on, I can't wait till we meet again some day to perhaps make more memories, my condolence to his family and Rest In Peace Blair ....
- Darren Sipe
This is sad to hear. I worked with Blair years ago at Western Star, and he was always a joy to be around and chat with. He was instrumental in introducing me, and my son, to the wonderful world of Hot Rod 50's!! He also sold me an engine from one of his 50's so my son and I could build his first real race bike. He was a hard working guy, intelligent, and very passionate about moto!! Rest easy Blair. My love to the family.
- Darrell Richards

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