Norman Joseph Blais

Born: Tue., Mar. 5, 1929
Died: Sun., Jul. 16, 2017

Memorial Mass

1:00 PM Sat., Jul. 22, 2017
Location: Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church

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Norman Joseph Blais, age 88, of Madison, AL, formerly of Greensboro, GA passed away peacefully Sunday, July 16, 2017 in Madison, AL and is now reunited with his beloved wife Joan for eternity.  
Born in Cranston, RI on March 5, 1929, Norm was the son of the late Charles Earl Blais and Exilia Chartier Blais. He graduated from Manhattan College earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering and married his wife Joan Waldo in 1950.  Together they lived in locations that spanned from Maine to California, finally settling in Greensboro in 1992.

Norm was a big man both physically and in character and was a leader his entire life.  He was a track star in high school and college, an officer in the Navy by age 25, a corporate executive by his early 30s and president/CEO of several companies.  His compassion and empathy for his employees was obvious and his home contained many artifacts and expressions of appreciation from his teams.  

Upon settling in Greensboro, Norm was quite active in the community.   He belonged to the Board of Directors of Greene County Hospital and Habitat for Humanity, and served as Treasurer of Christ our King and Savior Catholic Church.  He joined the Old Salem Fire Department when it consisted of a few volunteers and a couple of derelict trucks, and helped build it into the modern and efficient service and source of community pride that it is today.   He also served as a first responder for years and diligently responded to emergencies 24 hours a day.   Norm formed a golf group at Reynolds Plantation that welcomed new members to the community through its emphasis on fun and fellowship.  “The Blais Group” became an institution at Reynolds that continued for over 20 years.  
Although Norm’s physical abilities declined over time his mental skills never wavered.  At age 80 he taught himself to write complex database-driven computer programs that he provided to others for free.  Norm served as the single care-giver for his wife Joan during her multi-year decline in health that ended in August, 2008, two months shy of their 58th wedding anniversary. At no time during those years did he ever complain or ask for assistance in what was a truly remarkable display of strength, character and compassion.  

In addition to his wife Joan, Norm was preceded in death by his brother, Earl Blais. He is survived by five daughters, Kathleen Clark-Colton and husband Gary of Aurora, IL, Margaret Hemmens and husband Tim of Aurora, IL, Susan Parham of Panama City, Panama, Patricia Blais of Birmingham, AL and Denise Blais of Felton, CA; a son, Richard Blais and wife Debra of Madison, AL, many grandchildren and great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. 

A Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Christ Our King and Savior Catholic Church with Father John Adamski officiating. Interment will follow at Greenview Cemetery, Memorial Drive, Greensboro, GA.  Serving as pallbearers are Richard Blais, Wayne Smith, Marie Lashley, Gary Colton, Alex Little and Richard Armstrong. McCommons Funeral Home, 109 W. Broad St., Greensboro, GA, (706) 453-2626, is in charge of arrangements. Visit us at to sign the online guest register. 

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Jane Cobb
   Posted Mon July 17, 2017
Norm and Joan were early friends at Reynolds for Howell and me. My love and sympathy to the family and many friends. Jane Cobb

Wayne Smith
   Posted Tue July 18, 2017
It was only a short time that I got to know Mr. Norm, we had many talks and many laughs and he had a tremendous impact on my life. It is an honor to be one of his pall bearers and I shall do this with pride and love in my heart.

Stacy Pennington
   Posted Tue July 18, 2017
I am so sorry for your families loss
.You all are in my thoughts and prayers

Phyllis and Tom Clement
   Posted Fri July 21, 2017
Joan and Norm were an important part of our mutual beginnings at Reynolds. We were a part of a small, fun group who played many rounds of golf together, and enjoyed many breakfasts, lunches and dinners at the Plantation or Great Waters clubhouses. They were the only golf courses, restaurants way back then. We were blessed to have known Joan and Norm for so many years. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Joan and Norm. Two gracious members of our "originals" club. Phyllis and Tom Clement

Ann Goff
   Posted Fri July 21, 2017
So sorry to hear about Norm. Ed was in the Blais Group way back when it started, and Norm got him involved in the fire department not long after we moved here 19 years ago. Norm was a nice, sweet man. Ann & Ed Goff30

Monika and Ullrich Moser
   Posted Thu July 27, 2017
Norm and Joan welcomes us with open arms when we moved to Reynolds and became their neighbor at White Oak Walk. The fact that he had from work experience with Germans may have helped build a very friendly day relation.
I also had the pleasure to see his computer work when he designed the pledging and giving program for a charitable organization here in Greensboro.

We will miss meeting him and his dog Daisy when making our morning walks.


Dave Lucey
   Posted Wed January 03, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss.
I met Norm in 1984 while he was president of CPC Engineering in Sturbridge, MA and I was a draftsman. After a particularly long week of creating drawings for a Waste to Energy presentation, Norm told me "take you girlfriend out to dinner for all your hard work and time away from her...and bring me the bill." My wife and I still remember that meal and Norm fondly.