Joseph Benjamin “Joe” Blanchard of Windsor, Nova Scotia and formerly of Ellershouse passed away at Camp Hill Veteran’s Memorial Building, QEII, in Halifax, with his family by his side on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, at age 89.

Born in Milford, Hants County on March 30, 1926, he was the eldest child of S. Shelburne and Florence (MacDonald) Blanchard.

In the early thirties, he and his family moved to Ellerhouse. Joe went to school in Ellerhouse and at Windsor Academy. In 1943, he joined the Canadian Army as a Boy Soldier. When he became of legal age, he joined the Army’s Royal Canadian Regiment and saw service in Canada. He was discharged in the early 1950s. After a few years as a civilian, he rejoined with RCEME for another six years, being discharged in 1961. Upon discharge, he worked for various companies, finally retiring from Ontario Hydro.

After the passing of his first wife Lorraine (Watts) in 1992, he moved back to Nova Scotia. He later married Clara (Babineau) Legere and they resided in Windsor. Joe was a great storyteller and could often be found at his neighbour Harry Falkenham’s as they tried to outdo each other.

Survived by his wife Clara; daughter Janice (Grant) Banks of Sarnia; sons Cecil (Liz) Blanchard and Gerald (Lori) Blanchard, all of Kincardine; grandchildren Alison (Roy) Regier, Paul Banks, Danielle (Norman) Newman, Courtney Blanchard and Michael J.J. Blanchard; great-grandchild Brooke; sister Mary Norman of Morden; brothers David (Gloria) of Ellerhouse, Chuck (Dorothy) of Louisbourg, sisters-in-law Ruby Blanchard of Dykeland Lodge, Windsor, Beverley (Harold) Fletcher and Carol Blanchard of Ellerhouse. Also survived by many nieces and nephews, step-children Karen, Stephen, Timothy, Daniel, Rosemary, Linda and Andrew.

Besides his parents, Joe was predeceased by his first wife Lorraine, sister Julia in infancy, brothers Ranald in infancy, George, Norman and Robbie.

The family would like to thank the staff at Camp Hill for their care.

Visitation was held for one hour prior to the funeral service which was held at 2 p.m. in the chapel of the DeMont Family Funeral Home on Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, with Rev. Krista Anderson officiating. A reception followed at Ellerhouse Community Hall.

Interment Oakhill Cemetery, Ellerhouse.

Family flowers only. Donations in Joseph’s memory can be made to the Poppy Fund of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Heart & Stroke Foundation or a charity of one’s choice. Messages of condolence can be sent to the family through the funeral home or online at

Arrangements entrusted to DeMont Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 419 Albert Street, Box 981, Windsor, NS B0N 2T0; 902-798-8317.