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OBITUARY: Blair Alger Ramsay, iconic Canadian bindery operator

January 11, 2022  By PrintAction Staff

Blair Alger Ramsay was born August 2, 1942, in Tyne Valley, P.E.I. He was a master mechanic and eventually product manager for sales, installation and repairs of all kinds of printing equipment. He received many awards and accolades over his long career for his incredible achievements.

Ramsay was a long-time mechanic for Sears, Toronto. In that capacity, he became the go-to contact for Canadian binderies and printers needing repairs or support.

He was an expert on folding machines, first Baumfolder and then MBO in the early 80’s. Due to his easy-going nature and depth of knowledge, Ramsay was installing or repairing everything from Muller-Martini  and AM Harris stitchers to McCain saddlebinders.


Ramsay stayed on when Sears was taken over by Miller Druckmaschinen – Germany, and then Manroland Germany.  While with Manroland Ramsay took the opportunity to become bindery manager and was the top North American seller of MBO folders for years.

He was a beloved father of Michelle, Douglas and Darren. He was a loving husband to Theresa who passed away four years ago. He loved her with all his heart and a piece of him died with her.

He was an honest ‘people’ person that everyone loved dealing with. He spent many summers at his cottage in P.E.I., and this is where Ramsay and Theresa were the happiest. That was their favourite home, with so many family and friends to socialize with.

He loved playing golf and cards, watching old westerns, and going to the casino. He hoped and prayed that the Toronto Maple Leafs would win the Stanley Cup before he passed, but as usual, they have let him down.

As a father, Ramsay was the most honest, easy-going, fair, hardworking and loving dad anyone could hope for.

We will always love you, pray for you, and hope you and Theresa are together in heaven, and are getting nothing but triple 7’s on your favourite machine.


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