‘He was always smiling’: Blake Paquin dies suddenly at 63

In this October 2014, file photo, Blake Paquin receives a retiree award during the 20th annual CPS Retirement and Recognition Evening. Paquin died suddenly on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020 at the age of 63. Also shown are then-Chief Dan Parkinson, then-MP Guy Lauzon and Cornwall Police Association President Dave MacLean. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

CORNWALL – The community has lost a man who was the face of the Cornwall Police Service (CPS) for many years.

Blake Paquin died suddenly on Monday, Jan. 6 – a little over two weeks after his 63rd birthday.

In an interview with Cornwall Newswatch, CPS Chief Danny Aikman said the news of Blake’s death was a shock to both himself and members of the force.

“He had recently transformed himself, lost a tremendous amount of weight, and was living quite a healthy lifestyle and it was very shocking to hear of his passing,” Aikman said.

During his career which was roughly 30 years, Blake had an accident early on but that didn’t stop him and his progression into a position as an “integral part” of the service.

“He was our media coordinator for a number of years. That sort of evolved into an even broader role in regards to our corporate communications. He was really our first corporate communications person when it came to sharing messages with the public and internally (at the police station),” the chief said.

“I can remember Chief (Tony) Repa had delegated him to be our coordinator for Y2K. So recently, when there was some discussion about Y2K and the little impact it had, we had a discussion about how Blake Paquin had actually led our efforts here in regards to addressing what was supposed to happen when the world turned to the year 2000,” Aikman reminisced.

The chief shared condolences to Blake’s wife, Carol, daughter, Alysha, and the rest of the Paquin family.

“Blake was always very positive, even after his injury. He kept a very positive outlook on life. He was always smiling and he never really a bad thing to say about anybody or anything. He was quite a positive guy and a very dedicated husband and family man.”

Paquin was honoured as a retiree during the 20th annual CPS Retirement and Recognition Evening in October 2014.

Visitation is on Monday (Jan. 13) from 6-9 p.m. and 9 a.m. Tuesday (Jan. 14) at the east branch of Lahaie & Sullivan Funeral Home at 614 First Street East.

The funeral will be at St. Peter’s Church at 2900 Second Street East at 11 a.m. on Tuesday (Jan. 14).

You can read the obituary and online condolences here.