Tony Blair's father Leo Blair dies at 89

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Posted: Nov 16, 2012 3:28 PM

LONDON (AP) — Leo Blair, father of former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, has died at the age of 89.

The ex-premier's office says the elder Blair died peacefully on Friday with his son at his side.

Leo Blair was born to traveling entertainers, adopted by a Glasgow shipworker and raised in a working-class home.

After serving in World War II, he studied law in his spare time, becoming a barrister and law lecturer.

He hoped to become a member of Parliament, but gave up the idea after suffering a stroke at the age of 40.

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Tony Blair says his father "worked his way up from nothing, with great ambitions dashed by serious illness on the very brink of their fulfillment."

He adds: "I was privileged to have him as a dad."