Jacob P. "Daddy Jay" Nairn, 87

August 04, 2010
  • Jacob P. "Daddy Jay" Nairn

AUG. 21, 1922-AUG. 3, 2010

Jacob P. "Daddy Jay" Nairn, born Aug. 21, 1922, passed away Aug. 3, 2010.

He was born the son of Alphonse A. Nairn and Mary Elizabeth Byrne Nairn.

He enlisted in the U.S. Marines during World War II and participated in seven amphibious landings, including Guadalcanal, and the Mariana and Marshall Islands.

He graduated from Potomac State and West Virginia University with a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering.

He was employed by Fairchild Aircraft, Roper Industries, and retired from Pennsylvania Wire and Rope.

He was an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus and served as grand knight, district deputy, in charge of Color Corps and assistant to the master of the 4th degree. He was also a member of the Elks and the American Legion. He served as an usher and Scout leader at St. Mary's Catholic Church, and an usher at St. Ann Catholic Church.


He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Veronica Dorothy Nairn; son, Richard C. Nairn; and brothers, William, Alphonse, James and Thomas Nairn.

He is survived by his children, William P. and wife, Linda Nairn, of Hagerstown, Kathryn and husband, Dr. Richard Taylor, of Baltimore, Barbara and husband, William Hunt, of Hagerstown, Mary Beth and husband, Don O'Brien, of Atlanta, Ga., Patricia and husband, Dr. Craig Swann, of Ripley, W.Va., and Maureen and husband, Dr. James Robey, of Kensington; 18 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, John Nairn of Aliquippa, Pa.

Family will receive friends at Douglas A. Fiery Funeral Home, 1331 Eastern Blvd. North Hagerstown, MD 21742, from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 6, 2010.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010, at 10 a.m. at St. Ann Catholic Church, 1525 Oak Hill Ave., Hagerstown, with Monsignor Alfred Smith as celebrant.

Interment will follow at Rest Haven Cemetery, Hagerstown. Online condolences may be expressed at

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