Blinco, David E.

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BLINCO, David E.

1931 - 2021

It is with profound sadness that the family of David Everett Blinco (Coach Blinco) announce his passing in Quebec on Wednesday, February 17 in his 90th year.  

Husband of Marion Ellen Coleman and father to Christopher (Ruth), Kimberley (Valarie), and Troy (Susan).  Dave was also so very proud of his four grandchildren Jason (predeceased), Jessica (Robert), Joshua, and Matthew.  They loved their Grampy so very dearly.  He will be missed by many dear nieces, nephews, cousins and countless friends, and former students.

Dave graduated from Springfield College with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education in 1953.  He began his teaching career at St. George’s Elementary.  Dave then moved on to Quebec High School and taught Physical Education & Health Sciences, spending countless hours devoted to coaching. Dave and Marion met early in his career and were married at the Holy Trinity Anglican Cathedral in 1956. They were devoted to each other and raised their family, together for 64 happy years. Dave was an active member of Trinity Church, Sainte Foy and countless community organizations. 

Dave so enjoyed coaching, fly fishing, golf, curling, bowling and travelling.  He loved people and would stop to chat with anyone.

Due to Covid, there will be a private family funeral at Trinity Church in Quebec. When Covid rules relax, a Celebration of Dave’s life will be held at a later date. 

The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to staff at Maison Michel Sarrazin, and Homecare staff of Jeffery Hale Community Services particularly Louise, Kathleen, and Rosanne. Special thanks to the staff at Chartwell Appartements de Bordeaux, your professional and compassionate care of Dave was exceptional. Thank you all.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to Quebec High School Alumni Association or Maison Michel Sarrazin.

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My deepest sympathies for your loss.
Dave was always cheerful and helpful. I know my father appreciated his friendship enormously in his last years.

Pat Riva, le 22 février 2021

Blinco family

Please accept my deepest condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. He had a long life and well spent, but it is sad to see him go.

Kathryn MacCullam

kathryn maccullam, le 22 février 2021

David Blinco Family

My sincere condolences to Marion and your family.
“Coach” Blinco was not only the best coach I ever had but a great mentor. I fondly remember the football, track & field and hockey teams that Dave coached. He was a very special person in my life. He helped me to become a better person.

Dale McCoubrey, le 22 février 2021

Blinco Family

We were sorry to learn of Mr. Blinco's passing. He was such a fun and kind man and my parents always enjoyed the company of both of you. Your kindness in visiting them at The Wales Home in Richmond, several years ago, and celebrating other happy occasions with them, travelling to Ontario as well, was in keeping with of your characters. Steve and I send heartfelt sympathy to you all. Sincerely, Steve and Bonnie (Lovett) Griffin

Bonnie Griffin, le 22 février 2021

David's Family

Heartfelt condolences to all of you. Dave was a wonderful man with a very strong sense of fellowship and willingness to support our community taking leadership roles in church, school, and lodge. He had a particularly dry sense of humour and always willing to banter with a gleam in his eyes. David was a man of faith who lived his life on a solid moral foundation, one that placed you, his family, and our Quebec English community at the centre of his world. He will be dearly missed!

"Padre" Walter Raymond OGS, le 22 février 2021

Blinco Family

Troy and family - Our sincerest condolences to the entire family. Your dad was one of the first people my dad met back in 1987 on my first day at U of Waterloo. The two hit it off and they thought it would be great to introduce their sons. Turns out that was a great idea and a long-time cherished friendship. Both Sandra and I are honored to have known him.

Van Dusen Family, le 22 février 2021

The Blinco family

Beth and I extend our deepest condolences to Marion and the children and grandchildren on the passing of such a fine man. His contribution to the community was enormous, and his warmth and sense of fun was contagious. He will be sorely missed.

Peter Clibbon, le 22 février 2021

Blinco Family

« Mr. » Blinco was everyone’s gym teacher; I have a memory of having to wrestle against his son Troy; no idea who won! Dave was very kind to my Dad as Dad taught the fun woodworking course as part of the adult Ed courses offered at QHS. I saw Dave and Marion at every church event that I ever attended; he always took the time to talk to me (and everyone else!) My deepest sympathies, and with gratitude for having known him.

Peter Simons, le 22 février 2021

The Blinco Family

My heartfelt condolences to you, Marion, and your family. Always enjoyed Dave's phone calls, visits and interest in our Mazes over the years. He was such an active person and leader in the community. His cheerfulness and optimism were infectious. Hard to believe he is gone.

Chip Hunter, le 22 février 2021

Marion and family

Marc-André, Lianne and I send you our most sincere condolences, Marion and family. From their youngest days, the kids enjoyed stopping by to see Dave on their way to their grandparents, with him following their sports activities. Then he and I shared many a good discussion on CBC Radio, and we met you both at Trinity teas, Christmas Hamper deliveries and many other moments. We will miss his laughter and his genuine interest in our family's activities. We will miss him, but we are grateful for his passage in our lives. With love,

Pat xx

Patricia Odgers, le 22 février 2021

To Marion and The Blinco Family

Dave has chosen to be in a better place after a last courageous fight!
He was an incredible man who has touched so many of us! Always seeing the good side of things, he was a great family man, as well as a great mentor to many students in helping them becoming better individuals, both in sports and in life!
Deepest sympathies to the family... RIP Coach!

Yves Duquesne, le 22 février 2021

The Blinco Family - Troy, Su, Joshua, Matthew, Mrs. Blinco and Family

With deepest sympathy as you remember Dave.

May fond memories of Dave bring you comfort during this hard time in your life. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

With love,
Elen Kostopoulos and Katherine

Elen Kostopoulos, le 22 février 2021

The Blinco Clan

Our sincere condolences to the entire Blinco Clan. We were very saddened to hear of Mr. Blinco's passing. May he rest in peace and may you all find comfort in the beautiful memories you have of him.

I must say, my own "cherished" memory is one incredibly fun night with him for Troy's bachelor party.

I am sure he is in heaven smiling down upon us!

Love, the Woods Clan

Woods Clan, le 22 février 2021

To the family

Our deepest condolences to everyone.

Jayne Doddridge, le 22 février 2021

Marion and Family

So many cherished this man. Dave always represented a safe harbour to so many and taught so much beyond the lessons. We learned to embrace integrity, persevere and cherish the challenges we were to face as our lives unfolded. Thank you Dave. Very much loved and appreciated.

Ted Duchêne, le 22 février 2021

Chris and the Family

My sincere condolences to you and the Blinco family. He will be truly missed by everyone who knew him and our memories of him will always enrich our lives.

Godspeed through these trying times.

Bob Bisssonnette, le 22 février 2021

Toute la famille.

Nous l’aimions beaucoup comme professeur de lutte au Département d’Education physique de l’U.L. Mes sympathies à vous.

Laurent Bouchard , le 22 février 2021

The Blino Family

John and I are truly sorry for your loss. It was ever a pleasure to meet up with Dave, exchange a few words or witness his culinary skills as we savoured his pancakes at Colley Hall. He was unique among the gentlemen of his era and we will miss him.

Georgina & John Klassen

Georgina Klassen, le 22 février 2021

The Blinco Family

Sympathies to all the family.

Doug FitzGerald, le 22 février 2021

Dave blinco

To the family, my prayers are with you, Dave was a fine maçon and always remember.
RIP Dave.

J.Robert Cunningham , le 22 février 2021

Marion and the BlincIto Family

My sincere condolences to Marion and the Blinco Family. Dave Blinco brings back happy memories of my time at Quebec High School in the 1950's. He was so understanding of my bad leg as a polio victim during gym time.

David Middleton, le 23 février 2021

Marion and the Blinco family

The coach was one of those dynamic people you felt would always be there. Now he will remain in our hearts and minds. Marion and Dave were the two people I always looked for when I was at a reunion or event in Quebec City. They confirmed my memories of the past and the possibilities in the future. The Coach encouraged me in my athletic challenges in High School and, for that, I will always be grateful. He truly was everyone's coach!

Joan Westland, le 23 février 2021

Dear Aunt Marion and family ,

We are so saddened to say goodbye to Uncle Dave ! With every thought of him , I see his smiling face and remember his chuckles and golf jokes !
He always brightened our get togethers and family parties!
He will be missed so much but remembered with love !
Sending my love to you Aunt Marion , wishing I was there to hug you and the family!

Bonnie and Grant Best, le 23 février 2021

Marion and Family

Marion and Family...Sincere condolences for your loss. Your loss is also ours, the legion of students and student athletes who were touched by Coach's strength and professionalism. May he rest in eternal peace. Thanks, Coach.

John Heymans, le 23 février 2021

Blinco Family

To the Blinco family!

You have been blessed to have Coach Blinco in your lives. I remember him from my high school days where he was a highly regarded teacher and coach. I also remembered babysitting for the kids and he always made sure I got safely home. I also went to Trinity church. All this of course in the late 1960s.

My sympathies to all of you and may his memories warm your hearts always. Rest in peace, Dave Blinco.
Audrey (Swaffield)

Audrey Lawrence, le 23 février 2021

Marion and the Blinco Family

Coach Dave taught us more about being a member of a team than the sport itself, and that is how it should be. I played footbal, hockey and ran track during my years at QHS and Dave was the rock we depended on to learn about what sports was really about. He will be long remembered and sorely missed. Our condolences to you, Marion and your family, and to the greater QHS fmaily.

Richard Wright, le 23 février 2021

The Blinco Family

Dave was a caring, community spirit and a very dear friend. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Joyce McBride, le 23 février 2021

Marion and the Blinco family

Sincere condolences on the passing of an extraordinary person. I remember Dave clearly, even though it was a half century ago that he taught and coached me. He was dedicated, sincere, honest and generous. He thought about the youths in his care, and cared for us all without reservation. He changed our lives. His passing is sincerely mourned. His life is joyously celebrated.

Michael Springate, le 23 février 2021

Marion and Family

It is with great sadness that I write this note of sympathy. One of the best things during my teaching career at Quebec High was having the privilege of working with Dave.

Rod MacIver

Rod MacIver, le 23 février 2021

Dearest Blinco Family

Sending prayers, love and our deepest condolences.

Dave was a wonderful man and he will be missed dearly by all who had the honor of meeting him. We are privileged and grateful to have known and laughed with him. Fond memories to cherish always.

Rest in peace Mr. Blinco.

Krys, Rocco, Andrew and Michael Grande, le 23 février 2021

Marion & The Blinco Family

My deepest sympathies to the Family. A great and respected coach whom I recall at Saint George's and later at QHS as loving his job. Taking the effort and time to drive a small group of us to Montreal for a Provincial track meet demonstrates the devotion he had for his students.
You will always be remembered.

Randy Savereux , le 23 février 2021

The Blinco Family

Mr. Blinco has been such a dear and valued friend to our family. I hope there is an “Old Timers” softball game going on in heaven. My dad will meet you at home plate!

Lorraine McBride, le 23 février 2021

To Marion and the Blinco family

My deepest sympathy goes out to you, Marion, and all your family.

Dave was a most positive person with a great memory for many things. He will be sorely missed.

Simon Jacobs, le 23 février 2021

Marion and Family

My sincere condolences to the family. Although we did not know each other for long, I considered Dave to be a Brother and always greatly enjoyed his company be it at Trinity or the Masonic Lodge.

Anthony Côté

Anthony Côté , le 23 février 2021

Marion and Family

David was an esteemed colleague for many years...always ready with a winning smile and a sense of humor. He was a great asset to QHS and will be fondly remembered.

Bert Waddington, le 24 février 2021


I JUST learned the news tonite. i became teary eyes as if was a very close family member. what a great man......kind joking smiling i never saw him angry, i met him when i was 10 in 1960 in gymn i never could climb that rope to the ceiling he i was ashamed but dear old mr. blinco was always there to tell me it wasnt the end of the world...FAMILY YOU MUST BE PROUD CAUSE HE WAS LOVED BY EVERYBODY...ILL PRAY FOR U ALL.....and mr. blinco if there is a rope that reaches heaven.........I WILL TRY IT FOR YOU.

rick dumesnil, le 24 février 2021

The Blinco Family

Jacques and I send our prayers and condolences to you all. I was so fortunate to speak to Dave a few weeks ago and recall with him memories of our times together beginning in 1979 and until his retirement in Adult Education. We also talked about our volunteer times for Reunion 98 for the QHS Alumni Foundation and the 150 anniversary celebration for the Greater Quebec School Board.
As a mentor, he taught me the importance of integrity, perseverance, a sense of humour and a smile on your face.
Dave was one of a kind. RIP

Ann & Jacques Gauvin February 24

Ann M. GAUVIN, le 24 février 2021

Marion and family

So very sorry to hear of Dave’s passing. My deepest sympathy to you and all the family. Always enjoyed his sense of humour. May he Rest In Peace.


Anne Loweryson, le 24 février 2021

To the Blinco family

My condolences to Marion, the children, and the grandchildren.

Dave made the world a better place for all of us.

- Ed Murphy

Edward Murphy, le 24 février 2021

Blinko Family

Dave was a true gentleman and the quintessential Mason. He is already missed dearly.

My deepest condolences to Family and Friends.

Erik Plourde, le 24 février 2021

The Blinco Family

Seeing all these familiar names, I can imagine Dave smiling at all of us coming together here. Mr. Blinco was a fixture when I was at QHS. He was always joking and smiling and urging the boys on. I was lucky to know him better later and recall lovely conversations sitting outside in the garden during summer. Thinking of you all as you remember him and a life well spent.

Janet Waterman, le 24 février 2021

Marion and family

Our deepest condolences on the loss of your husband, father, uncle and grampy. Dave was a remarkable man who always knew what to say. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Ted and Kay Kacala, le 24 février 2021

To the Blinco family

Dave devoted his energies to the development of his students be they athletes or gym/class students. Many of the values we hold today were shaped by the influence of Coach Blinco. His perservervence, dedication, generosity and openness ... to listen without judgement and provide advice and support defined just some of Dave’s attributes. We were blessed to have been touched by Coach Blinco, a leader amoung men who led by example. You will always be remembered by the Lerikos family. RIP Dave.
Our heartfelt condolences to Marion and the family.

The Lerikos family, le 24 février 2021

The Blinco Family

Our deepest condolences to all the family.

Betty McCune and family, le 24 février 2021

To Kim and the whole family

My deepest sympathies go to you all. I mourn with you the loss of a fine and great man, but especially a heck of a coach. Rest in peace sir.

Michael Doherty, le 24 février 2021

Dave Blinco’s family

Our sincere condolences to the family!

Micheline M. and Michel Pouliot.

Michel Pouliot, le 24 février 2021

Marion & Family

My deepest sympathy on Dave's passing. Dave was a well respected member of QHS staff. I had the privilege to teach with him. I used to meet him at the church in Saint Foy, when I visited Quebec City.
My prayers are with you and the family at this difficult time

John F. Shannon, le 25 février 2021

To the family,

I will never forget the pep talks before football home games.
My sympathy to the family.

Kurt McCartney, le 25 février 2021

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