The Passing of a Significant Leader – Larry Blundell (June 5th, 2020)

RIP  –  Larry Blundell

A private family gathering will be arranged by Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street in Kitchener to mark the passing of Larry Blundell, a long time Preston Scout House leader who passed away June 5 at age 80, following a brief battle with cancer. A celebration of life will be scheduled once current pandemic restrictions are lifted.

He is survived by Margaret (nee Kiefhaber), his wife of 58 years, children Deborah Blundell, Sandra Blundell-Prack and her husband Richard Prack, Greg Blundell and his wife Lisa Frank, grandchildren Courtney, Ryan, Katelyn Docherty, Cody (Shannon), and Casey McPherson, and Cooper and Cayla Blundell.

Donations in his memory may be directed to the Arthritis Society or the Canadian Cancer Society.

Larry was a prominent member of Preston Scout House Band during every phase of the Band’s history, including the early years wearing the Boy Scout uniform, the transition to Canada’s Famous Scout House Band in the mid 1950s and the past two decades of alumni band activity.

He made major contributions to the Scout House organization, the Guelph Royalaires drum and bugle corps and the wider drum corps community as a performer, creator, instructor and judge.  During his years with the Scout House Alumni Band, he wrote and taught the field show, marched as drum major and wrote the drill for the Heritage Guard. We value the enthusiasm and the expertise and experience he brought to the Scout House family.  Whenever we needed help he stepped up to provide it.  We will miss him dearly.

He offered his service to many other community organizations throughout his lifetime in addition to Scout House.

He was a 45-year member of Kitchener/Waterloo Oktoberfest, serving as executive director from 1995 to 2010. He served as secretary of the K-W Retired Businessmen Club and as a member and board director of the Chamber of Commerce. He served as a board member of St. John Ambulance.

Awards for his community service include being named to the Festival and Events Ontario Hall of Fame, receiving the Paul Harris Fellow Award from Rotary International and being named to the Preston High School Hall of Fame.

He was a member of the Regimental Council of the Highland Fusiliers and a member of the 78th Frasers.

His other community involvements included singing bass with Twin City Harmonizers. He was a lifetime season ticket holder and board director with the Kitchener Rangers hockey team and 25 year volunteer with the Kitchener Minor Hockey Association. He was also a long time member of the Westmount Golf and Country Club.



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