Blair Douglas, past president of both the Canadian Retail Hardware Association and the North American Retail Hardware Association, died in Caledonia, Nova Scotia, Canada, on May 29. He was 65 years old.
Douglas was born in Caledonia, Nova Scotia, and grew to become a central figure in the Nova Scotia business community. Along with serving as president for two national hardware associations, Douglas was also the former president of the Maritime Lumber Bureau and an active member in many other professional organizations.
Douglas also invested in the well-being of his community. He coached basketball teams for elementary and high school students.
Douglas was an avid outdoorsman. He was a canoe enthusiast and advocated for ecological research and sustainable forestry practices. The first biodiversity monitoring area was situated on his property in North Queens, Nova Scotia.
Douglas is survived by his wife, Jean (Gourley); his sons, Jeffrey and John; his mother; his sister and his three grandchildren.
His full obituary is available to read here.