In Loving Memory of
Cecilia A. Blair
March 13, 1937- July 10, 2021
On July 10, 2021 Cecilia Blair of Marshfield, passed away at home surrounded by her loving husband, children and grandchildren. She brought her smile and exceptionally kind heart home to the Lord, leaving behind many beautiful, impactful memories and acts of kindness.
Cecilia grew up in West Quincy, one of eight siblings, daughter of the late and great Albert and Eleanor Paluzzi. She grew up in a large, loving close knit family. Family was everything to Cecilia. Her husband Normann, her six children, their spouses and 15 grandchildren meant the world to her. They were the light of her life. As well as the many nieces, nephews, siblings and Godchildren.
Cecilia’s heart was far reaching. No matter whom she came in contact with, they were sure to be greeted with her irresistible and beaming smile. One couldn’t help but smile back or feel lifted up while in her presence. It was important to her that every human being knew their worth. She felt that one of the most important things you could do while on this earth, was to let people know they were important and not alone.
No matter how full her table or home, there was always room for one more. Aside from her welcoming demeanor, she reached out to others by serving in many charities, including one she co-founded, named ECHO. A charity that provided food, shelter, support and resources to anyone in need.
Cecilia was so much fun and the best of company. She could turn the most mundane day into an adventure. While raising her children she would have “backwards days”… days where she would serve dinner at breakfast, breakfast at lunch, and lunch for dinner. She enjoyed her children so much. At least twice during the school year she would spontaneously surprise them by having them dismissed from school, surprising them with a beach day or family outing. Holidays were warm and magical, due to Cecilia’s joy and planning. She would plan special one on one time with each of her grandchildren, recognizing and celebrating in each of their unique abilities and personalities, leaving no doubt how much she cherished each of them.
Cecilia was a stunning beauty. She dressed beautifully. She played the piano by ear. She was artistic. She moved with grace. She was a great dancer. She had an eye for aesthetics and was an excellent interior decorator. However, it wasn’t these traits or talents that defined Cecilia. Instead it was her irrefutable, shining spirit. A spirit that moved so many people, changing their lives for the better. She was the go to person if one needed a trusted confidant, an advocate, a sincere pep talk or a just reminder of their self- worth. She was always there for all.
She married her husband Normann, in 1989 and enjoyed 32 years of marriage. They were a dynamic duo spending time on their boat, vacationing, traveling and engaging with family and their large circle of friends they’ve had and grown over the decades.
With her selflessness, incredible strength, and positive attitude, Cecilia practiced what she preached. Diagnosed with Corticobasal Degeneration (a syndrome that can accompany Alzheimers) she lost her mobility, vision and her ability to communicate, but still understood everything that was being said and happening around her. Under such circumstances, it would have been understandable for her to give up, become frustrated, or feel hopeless- but not in her eyes. As always, her focus and attention was on others, rather than herself. As a result, she was that much more determined to show us through her beaming smile, that she was okay and that her shining spirit remained intact. That the power of love, strength, faith and kindness always wins. As she reminded each of us often, there is only one “YOU” in this world and we know without a doubt, there will always only be only one, Cecilia. We’re truly blessed to have been able to know and love her. Always and forever our Mom.
We LOVE YOU MORE and are so proud of you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. We now say to you what you said to us each time we walked out your door, “RUN AWAY LAUGHING”.
Cecilia is survived by ‘a whole bunch’ of grateful people, including her loving husband, Normann, along with her 6 children and their spouses: John O’Brien and his wife Ellen of Plympton, Doug O’Brien and his wife Sandy of Weymouth, Mark O’Brien and his wife Karen of Whitman, Scot O’Brien and Sandy Martin of Hanover, Keri Dezell and her husband Jim of Pound Ridge, NY, Erin Langhorst and her husband Steve of Marshfield, her stepdaughter, Leslie Blair Alvarado and her husband Eric of Randolph, New Jersey.
Her treasured grandchildren Brosnan, Faith, Andrea, Khelsea, Douglas, Michelle, Patrick, Scotty, Ivy, James, Max, Frankie, Joey, Mara and Nick. They will never forget their “Grandma, G, G-Money, Woozy and Mama Ceil. They will forever carry her humor, love and strength within their hearts.