James Whitney “Whit” Blackburn of Gore Bay passed away peacefully on Monday, June 29, 2015 in his 87th year. Son of the late James and late Marcella Blackburn. Dear father of Linda (Guy) Gnandinger-Harris of Welland, Sam (Mary Anne) of Hamilton, Emerson of Colquitlam, BC, Marilyn Blackburn (Dougal Campbell) of Gore Bay, Blair of Cambridge, Ken (Marcie) of Mississauga and Glennda (Marc) Parsons of London. Lovingly remembered by 15 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Survived by his sister Dorothy McLeod of Saskatoon. He will be sadly missed by several nieces and nephews. Visitation was held at Culgin Funeral Home, Gore Bay on Friday July 3, 2015 from 9 am to 11 am. The funeral service was celebrated at 11 am in the funeral home chapel. A committal service at the Gordon Cemetery followed. Memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association. www.culginfuneralhome.ca.