January 3, 2013: Regretfully Saginaw Gears Dot Com informs our readers of the passing of Gears founder Wren Blair at his home in Whitby, Ontario at the age of 87.
I only spoke to Mr. Blair a very few times, but he was always polite and had a warm "How ya' doin'" and a pat on the shoulder- to me, a kid he didn't even know. In later years I reasoned that Blair was the embodiment of the BUSINESS of hockey. He was the quintessential owner/manager/team maker. His eye for talent, for location and for opportunity was nearly unmatched.
I would advise that everyone read farther in this blog in the area that covers the roots of the Gears and you will get a good snap-shot of Wren Blair.