Hugh Richard Blair-Leighton was born in London, England on Aug. 27, 1918 to Eric and Molly Blair-Leighton.
He attended the Royal Imperial College of Engineering until he was conscripted at the outbreak of the Second World War. He served with the Royal Engineers in North Africa, Italy, France, and Belgium.
After the war, Hugh was employed by the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company in Abadan for five years.
In 1952, Hugh emigrated to Canada, first working for the E.B. Eddy Company in Ottawa. In 1954, Hugh moved to Fort Frances, Ont. and first worked in Central Engineering in International Falls, Mn.
In 1966, Hugh returned to the Fort Frances mill, working in the engineering department until his retirement in 1983.
Hugh was very interested in sports. He rowed for his college in England and again in Ottawa. He also was interested in squash and badminton, and was an avid golfer.
He was president of the Rainy Lake Golf Club and also sat on the site committee which established Kitchen Creek Golf and Country club, along with the late Dr. Harold Challis, Bill Badiuk, and Merdo Krawchuk.
Hugh also helped establish the Little Theatre in Fort Frances as he was very interested in acting.
He was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #29.
In May, 1965, he married the former Maureen Harding, his wife of 41 years. He also is survived by his sister, Sancia, and her three sons.
At his request, there will be no services.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to “Just Imagine” campaign c/o the Riverside Foundation for Health Care, 110 Victoria Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 1B7.