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Ramona Mandy on 18 February, 2018 at 1:50pm

My condolences to Tom's family and friends. He was a great man. I only met him a couple of times but he always was friendly, helpful and calm. As a blind person and Guide Dog user, who has received the services of many O&M instructors, I know that Tom was held in great regard by his profession. No doubt, I indirectly benefited from his wealth of knowledge and skills through the sharing and mentorship that he offered his colleagues which then resulted in excellent service provision to me and many other vision impaired people. I do know that Tom's life will be richly remembered and celebrated for a long, long time. I hope that each of us has someone to share the stories of Tom to ease the pain of his loss.

Royal Family on 17 February, 2018 at 8:55pm

Our sincerest condolences go out to the Blair family. Our thoughts will be with all of you. We will "Pray Constantly", (1 Thessalonians 5:17 NWT) to "the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort" to bring extra comfort to your family at this most difficult time. (1 Corinthians 1:3,4 NWT) Remember God cares for you and feels your pain. You have our prayers.

June Roe on 17 February, 2018 at 12:10pm

Fond memories of a dedicated colleague from Association For The Blind days.

Dog Guide Handlers Australia on 17 February, 2018 at 9:41am

Always sad when we loose one of our Dog Guide family.

Tom was one of those great Australians who dedicated his life to help others.

He will be missed by the Dog Guide community.

Rest In Peace.

Greg Madson
*** Guide Handlers Australia.

Greg Madson on 17 February, 2018 at 9:16am

Always sad when we loose one of our Dog Guide family.

Tom was one of those great Australians who dedicated his life to help others.

He will be missed by the Dog Guide community.

Rest In Peace.

Greg Madson
Dog Guide Handlers Australia.
<www.dgha.org.au>

Jenny Black, O&M Instructor Guide Dogs Victoria on 16 February, 2018 at 12:55pm

Sending my heartfelt condolences to Tom's family and friends. I had the pleasure of being lectured by Tom in my student days in the 80's. Listening to and reading about the great work Tom did teaching blind people and training Instructors around the world to teach mobility has stuck with me throughout my almost 30 year career.
Tom will always be remembered for his amazing work and I count myself as one of the lucky ones to have learned from him and to have known him.
May Tom rest in peace!!

Jodie Bruce on 16 February, 2018 at 12:15pm

My sincere condolences to your family and friends Tom. You were a great teacher and mentor to me, and a champion of the Orientation and Mobility Profession. I am so sorry I can not be there to say goodbye in person. You will be greatly missed by us all.

Susan Douglas on 16 February, 2018 at 11:36am

Tom was devoted to those he met in his work. He will be remembered by clients and colleagues with love. Condolences to his family.

Erika Webb & Greg Madson on 15 February, 2018 at 9:50pm

May the care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead. Sincere condolences to you, from Greg and Erika.

We caught up with Tom a few years ago and he was happy with life and told us a few tales of his work in WA and he was proud about his contributions overseas.

Tom was a wonderful Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Instructor, and so many people benefited from him.

Thank you Tom!

Erika Webb & Greg Madson.

Blind Citizens WA on 15 February, 2018 at 9:30pm

I was deeply saddened to learn of Tom’s death and I would like to express my sincere sympathy to you and your family on behalf of the members of Blind Citizens WA.

Tom highly valued by the blindness community for his Orientation and Mobility (O&M) Instruction which enabled people who are blind or vision impaired to move throughout their community and workplaces with independence, confidence and safety.

Tom was very generous with his time. I enjoyed listening to his stories gathered over many many years.

Tom’s contributions will not be forgotten.

Please accept my heartfelt condolences at this difficult time and I ask you to please pass these sentiments on to your family.

Many Blind Citizens WA members will miss him.

Erika Webb
Blind Citizens WA
Email: bcwa@westnet.com.au
Website: www.bcwa.org.au
Phone: 08 6180 8938 (leave a message)
Mobile: 041 991 8264
Postal address: PO Box 101, Victoria Park WA 6979
Address: Suite 3, 61 Kitchener Avenue, Victoria Park WA 6100
ABN: 82 028 402 762

Errol Ingram on 15 February, 2018 at 10:51am

Condolences on your loss. Tom has and always will be a legend of Orientation and Mobility. He spoke to our O&M class in 1981 about his work overseas teaching O&M and it was an inspiration. I was able to catch up with Tom later in Bunbury and it's a memory I will treasure. Tom was able to impart O&M skills in a down to earth way so that it was meaningful to his clients and others. Will always be remembered.

Judy Jones. on 14 February, 2018 at 2:25pm

Bunbury and the South West owes a debt of gratitude to Tom Blair for his steadfast advocacy for the population of vision impaired people n the region. His legacy is in the confidence of those who received his assistance. Vale Tom Blair OAM. From Judy Jones.

Orientation and Mobility Association of Australasia on 14 February, 2018 at 12:14pm

The Orientation and Mobility Association of Australasia would like to pay their respects to Mr. Thomas “Tom” Blair. He was a pioneer in the field of training people with vision impairment how to get about safely and independently. Tom qualified in 1964 as a Guide Dog Instructor at the Royal Guide Dogs for the Blind, National Training Centre, in Melbourne and became Chief Guide Dog Instructor in 1967. Tom has spent his life training others to become trainers of the vision impaired all over the world including Hawaii, New Zealand, Indonesia, Philippines, India, Burma, Sri-Lanka, Nepal, Malaysia, USA and China. One historical photo of Tom at work includes him training other trainers under blindfold along the Great Wall of China. In 1995, Tom returned to continue his work in orientation and mobility back in Bunbury, Western Australia until his retirement in May 2012.
In October last year, I was lucky enough to visit Tom in Bunbury and he appeared in quite good health. He was kind enough to release a collection of old photographs of his work around the world and these will soon be placed on our association website for others to enjoy. Tom’s passing was a great shock to all his colleagues but Tom will always be remembered for the great work and assistance he provided all over the world.
Best wishes
Jeremy Hill
Immediate Past President
Orientation and Mobility Association of Australasia
www.omaaustralasia.com

Phil Stanley, Senior Guide Dog Instructor, Guide Dogs WA on 14 February, 2018 at 11:26am

Sincere condolences to all who knew and loved Tom.
He was a man of great empathy and generosity who will be missed by many who benefitted from his skill and knowledge and his great willingness to share these with those who most needed it.
He left a large footprint in the world of orientation and mobility and will be remembered long after he is gone.
May his soul rest in peace.

Johann Misso and Nicola Misso on 14 February, 2018 at 6:50am

Our condolences to all of you at this time.
Tom was responsible for Johann's early tuition as a cadet Guide Dog Instructor in 1972. He set a wonderful example of a consummate professional working in the field of vision impairment, as well as a fine human being.
His advice to both Nicola and Johann as we embarked on programs as Orientation and Mobility Instructors and working in the Pacific region was invaluable.
He was also a great mate to us both.

Lorraine Gajewski on 13 February, 2018 at 7:36pm

You always had a great story to tell in our days at The Association for the Blind Tom. Rest in peace. Condolences to your family. Lorraine G

Trevor & Jenny Dawson on 13 February, 2018 at 4:59pm

Please except our condolences on the passing of Tom.
Tom, was a good friend to us, Via VisAbility formally Association for the Blind, and assisting with Orientation and Mobility Services. He was a good networker, he new who had what equipment used in dayly living and where he could get help for any questions other Clients might ask.
{Trevor,} I first met tom in 1964 in Melbourne. I hope tom has a camera with himn.

We will all miss Tom.

Trevor & jenny Dawson.

Lil Deverell on 13 February, 2018 at 2:23pm

I am an O&M specialist from Melbourne who enjoyed connecting with Tom at mobility conferences. Tom was an innovator in the field and a keeper of stories. I am currently in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia working with the National Council for the Blind and O&M service providers from around the country. Just two weeks ago we were talking about the incredible contribution Tom made towards getting O&M services established in Malaysia. Wong Yoon Loong in particular remembers Tom. We give thanks for his life, and send our condolences to his family. The O&M profession is poorer with his passing.

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