Obituary: Gail Blais

Gail Blais

March 30, 1955 - October 23, 2017

Gail Irene (Paquin) Blais, aged 62, passed away peacefully at her home in North Attleboro, MA surrounded by her loving and supportive family. She had been fighting a 4 year battle with breast cancer.

Gail was born in Plainville to Richard (late) & Jeanne (Achin) Paquin on March 30th 1955. Gail was a 4 time breast cancer survivor.  She had her first fight with breast cancer when she was 35 years old and had undergone treatment at Southwood Hospital in Norfolk. During her subsequent cancer battles she received treatments in North Carolina and then lastly at Mass General Hospital. Many of her treatments at MGH included clinical trials, not only hoping to extend her life but to help others who were afflicted by this disease. After her passing the family donated tissue samples to MHG with the hopes to better understand her cancer, and to help those who may also be affected.

In addition to her beloved mother Jeanne, Gail is survived by son Donnie Blais Jr., his wife Tiffany Jodoin-Blais, their children Brent and Hadley of Rehoboth; son James Blais and child, Jacob of North Attleboro. Also her brothers Kevin and Richard Paquin and their spouses. Also numerous niecesand nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Donald Blais who died in 2011, they were married for 37 years. And last but not least, she leaves her cherished rescue dog Emmie who never left her side through her illness and brought enormous comfort to her.

Gail and her family spent many summer weekends on Cape Cod beaches as they enjoyed camping, fishing and relaxing with family and friends. An avid sports fan, she followed many of the Boston teams, especially New England Patriots. Gail and Donald’s love of NASCAR led them to move to Mooresville, North Carolina, where they bought their dream house and made lasting memories.

After Donald’s passing, Gail moved back to North Attleboro to be closer to her family. Gail loved "her boys". She was so proud of the men they became and how they took care of her after Donald’s passing and throughout her illness. Gail cherished her grandchildren, loved spending time with them. She was fortunate enough to be able to  treat them to a Disney World vacation. She was also extremely grateful for her mother's help, care giving, support and love throughout her illness.

Gail was a graduate of King Philip High School, Class of 1973.  She worked for many years as a purchaser for Motorola in Mansfield, MA and then at Flextronics in North Carolina.

​Gail was a devoted fan of General Hospital, every one knew never to call her at 3:00 PM when the show was on. She traveled to many of fan events, making life long friends with other fans. They were so supportive of her and she found comfort from their friendship and the family will be forever grateful.

She also became friendly with some of the show’s actors and actresses. One of her favorites actors, Dominic Zamprogna, even recently called herpersonally to express his support and well wishes.

Gail also loved to travel and she so enjoyed spending the winter at her mother's home in North Port, FL.

Gail will be remembered not just as a Breast Cancer Survivor but also Warrior. She had many dreams and goals left to fore fill, and she wasn’t going to let cancer easily get the best of her, she stood up to it, led a courageous fight, loved life and lived it to the fullest. Her bravery, optimism, and her kindness will be her legacy to her friends and family.

The family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude to Dr. Dejan Juric, his Wonderful oncology team and everyone else who had any part during her Treatments at MGH, for their tireless and valiant efforts to help Gail navigate her disease. Gail never lost faith in any of them, she was not ready to quit and neither were they.

 

 

Funeral Information

Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend calling hours on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 1-4 PM. at the Roberts and Sons Funeral Home 30 South St., Foxborough. A funeral service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at the funeral home. To light a candle in Gail’s memory please visit the funeral home web site at www.robertsandsonsfuneralhome.com.

Donations Information

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Gail's honor to: Friends Helping Friends in Need, PO Box 42, North Attleboro, MA 02761. Or to: Dr. Dejan Juric, Research Fund, c/o Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Boston, MA 02114.