It is with intense sorrow and grief that we announce the passing of a devoted father, Terry Patrick Blanchette, and cherished daughter, Hailey-Lynn Elizabeth Dennise Dunbar-Blanchette, who were horrifically taken from us on September 14, 2015. Their tragic deaths have not only devastated the lives of our families but those in our community as well.
Terry was born on July 22, 1988 in Fernie, BC to parents, Bill Blanchette and Faith Durban. He had many talents and endearing qualities too numerous to mention. Terry enjoyed snow boarding, cooking, video games, cheering on his favourite sports teams (Montreal Canadians and the Toronto Blue Jays), and those precious moments with his family and friends. He lived life knowing the bitter and the sweet, success and failure and most of all realizing the blessings life has to offer. He and Cheyenne Dunbar were blessed with a beautiful baby girl.
Terry’s greatest treasure was his precious daughter, Hailey, who was born on December 31, 2012 in Taber, Alberta. She transformed Terry into the perfect father and role model for his little princess. Hailey never knew sorrow or hardship; she was the ray of sunshine in her parent’s lives. Hailey loved riding on the quads with her family, playing in the park, hugging every cuddly animal and playing in the water. She embraced every child within reach ready to make a new friend. Her happy and innocent nature make it so difficult for us all to have to say goodbye. Both Terry and Hailey deserved lives full of adventure and laughter. May they walk hand in hand into a new kingdom in paradise where suffering and tears have no place.
Terry is survived by his parents, William Richard Blanchette of Elkford, BC and Faith (Allan Eiseman) Durban of St. Augustine, Florida; his brother, Rick (Kayleigh) Blanchette; his sister, Amanda Blanchette; his nephew, Gage DeSteur; his nieces, Kiana DeSteur and Holly Coates; his grandfather, R. Guy Blanchette; and his extended family, colleagues and friends. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Bud & Lenore Durban and Ella Blanchette.
Hailey is survived by her devoted mother, Cheyenne Dunbar of Edmonton, AB; her grandparents, Terry-Lynn (John Palmer) Dunbar, Kevin Dunbar, Bill Blanchette and Faith (Allan Eiseman) Durban; her uncles, Brandon Dunbar and Rick (Kayleigh Coates) Blanchette; her aunt Amanda Blanchette; and all her friends and pets.
The Memorial Service honouring their lives will be held at Crowsnest Consolidated High School (8901, 20 Ave., Coleman, AB) on Friday, October 9, 2015 at 3:00pm with Rev. Lorrie-Anne MacLeod officiating.
On behalf of the families of the late Terry Blanchette & Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette, we wish to thank our friends and the many communities that have provided us with support and kindness throughout this most difficult time and we wish to express our sympathies towards the families of the accused. Our prayers are with you.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel assisting the families. (403) 562-8555.