Obituary: Toni Fortin Blair
A friend to all she met in her adventures in life!
Toni passed away peacefully at her home in Holualoa, Hawaii in the quiet presence of her loved ones Saturday, May 19th.
Born in Seattle, Washington on July 26, 1946, she lived in Hawaii as a young girl. Toni graduated from Seattle University with a teaching certificate and went on to teach in many aspects of her life. Since she met her husband, Russell, she has spent half her time at their home in Lake Tahoe, and half in Hawaii.
Toni served as Vice President of Kahala Capital, PADI Divemaster, Personal Fitness Trainer, and Wilderness Tour Guide and was a founding member and tireless supporter of People’s Advocacy for Trails Hawaii (PATH). A Kona Ironman finisher of 1983, she participated and volunteered in many athletic events throughout her life and was a member of Keauhou Canoe Club. Her favorite things were hiking, backpacking, kayaking, swimming, outrigger canoe paddling, reading, gardening, and traveling. Above all, she valued her friendships and will be remembered for her leadership skills and great spirit of fun and adventure.
Toni was an adventurer in life, no matter what the situation. She traveled the world with friends and family, and introduced untold numbers of people to hiking and wildflowers at Tahoe, the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, and Peru. She was one of the first hikers to complete the Tahoe Rim Trail, and kayaked the circumference of Lake Tahoe.
Many thanks from the Blair and Fortin families to the tireless caregivers and friends that lovingly supported Toni throughout her courageous battle.
A celebration of her life was held on the beach at her Canoe Club in Hawaii. A private celebration will be held at Tahoe.
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