EAST FALMOUTH - George Homer Blair, 85, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 after a long illness. He was the son of the late Homer C. and Florence A. (Gordon) Blair. He was the beloved husband of Mary Louise (Russell) Blair. They would have been married for 61 years on June 23, 2017. They were married in 1956 at St. Patrick Church in Wareham.
He was born and educated in Holyoke, MA and attended UMass Amherst and the University of Maryland.
George retired from the USAF in 1973 with the rank of Major after serving 20 years. He was a pilot and Missile Launch Officer in Okinawa from 1961 through July 1964. He flew almost 9,000 hours as an Air Force pilot on 20 types of aircraft. He served as a Forward Air Controller in Vietnam. He was awarded the Purple Heart, among other medals, for injuries sustained from being shot down in January of 1969.
George was a systems analyst for the Telephone Company until his retirement in 1990. He was always a passionate golfer. As a parent of a disabled son, he was a strong advocate in issues involving the disabled.
In addition to his wife, he leaves behind his daughter, Katherine M. Blair of West Falmouth; son, Daniel R. Blair of North Falmouth; grandchildren: Jessica B. Santos of Littleton, CO and Jaden C. Black of Mashpee; and 6 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sisters, Ruth Fay and Jean E. Dauplaise.
Visiting hours will be held from 4-7 PM on Sunday, June 18, at the Chapman Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main St., Falmouth. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 AM on Monday, June 19 at St. Anthony’s Church, 167 East Falmouth Hwy (Rt. 28), E. Falmouth. Burial will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Massachusetts Special Olympics, c/o Habilitation Assistance Corporation, 25 Barlow’s Landing Road, Pocasset MA 02559.