Robert W. Blair, 88

MARCH 29, 1925-JUNE 12, 2013

June 14, 2013
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Robert William Blair, 88, of Hagerstown passed away Wednesday, June 12, 2013, at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Martinsburg, W.Va.

Born March 29, 1925, in Clear Spring, Md., he was the son of the late Russell S. and Vinette (Grush) Blair.

Robert was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II from 1943 to 1946, receiving a Purple Heart in the Battle of the Bulge.

He worked at Maryland Correctional Institution — Hagerstown  for 15 years, and a federal security agency at Fort Detrick, Md., and owned RW Blair Corp. Plastering and Construction, as well as Hagerstown Building Supplies Corp. He also owned and operated a local produce business in Boonsboro and had worked for the Shenandoah Valley Property Management Association.

Robert volunteered at the Veterans Clinic in Hagerstown and the Martinsburg VA Medical Center. He volunteered countless hours visiting nursing homes and hospitals, as well as veterans in need. He went above and beyond his call of duty to his fellow veterans.

He was a charter member and chaplain of the Leitersburg Volunteer Fire Co., where he was recognized for outstanding support and dedication for more than 50 years by the membership and citizens of the community. He also received the Gons Citation and the Marlery F. Gates Service Cup award for 51 years of dedicated service by the Maryland State Firemen's Association. He was chaplain of the Leitersburg Senior Citizens Association and the North Hagerstown Lions Club, where he was recipient of the Melvin Jones Award, which is the highest honor that the Lions bestow upon an individual. He was a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Police, and a Disabled American Veteran chaplain. Other organizations include the North American Fisherman's Association and the American Legion Post No. 10, Boonsboro.

Robert is survived by one son, Robert S. Blair and wife, Diane, of Pennsylvania; one daughter, Linda May Flurie and husband, Allen, of Maugansville; two grandchildren, Donna Lynn Fidler and husband, Mark, and Tammi Wolfinger and husband, Gary; and one great-granddaughter, Amanda McDaniel, all of Hagerstown; two sisters, Edith Sword and husband, Charles, of Clear Spring, and Ruth Combs of Orlando, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he also was preceded in death by his loving wife, Dollie May (Baker) Blair, whom he married Nov. 1, 1946; a sister, Helen Reiff; and five brothers, Ted, Harry, Richard, Ray and Rollin Blair.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at 11 a.m. at Rest Haven Funeral Chapel, 1601 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown, with Pastor David Sword officiating. Interment will follow in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park.

Friends will be received at the funeral home Monday from 6 to 8 p.m.

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