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Robert Grey Blair Sr.

1915 - 2014 HANCOCK Robert Grey Blair Sr., 99, of 2175 Hancock Rd. Hancock, died Sunday, May 25, 2014, at the Williamstown Commons. He was born in Hancock on March 12, 1915, a son of the late Charles Henry and Florence Grey Blair. He attended schools in Hancock and at the Williamstown High School. Mr. Blair and his father were loggers for many years and often sawed logs for customers in the area. He was also a carpenter and worked several years with Leon Roberts of Hancock and Irving Lane of North Adams. He then was employed at the Mt. Greylock State Reservation. After his retirement, he was employed part time as the road superintendent and tree warden for the Town of Hancock. He also assisted in the operations of the Blair Farm. Mr. Blair was a former selectman for the Town of Hancock, and was a member of the Second Congregational Church of South Williamstown. He was also a founding and longtime member of the Hancock Volunteer Fire Department, a member of the Ox Pullers Association of Massachusetts, and the Association of Road Superintendents of Massachusetts. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trapping, and woodworking. His oxen, always named Tom and Jerry, often pulled a cart in the Hancock parades. His survivors include his wife of 72 years, Emma Elizabeth Whitman Blair, whom he married June 20, 1941; a daughter, Norma Quimby and her husband, Donald, of Hancock; a son, Robert G. Blair Jr. and his wife, Peggy, of Northwood, N.H.; five grandchildren, John and Jeffrey Quimby of Hancock, Robert G. Blair, III, and Scott Blair of New Hampshire, and Jaime Blair of Pennsylvania; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. FUNERAL NOTICE: Funeral services to celebrate the life of Robert Grey Blair Sr. will take place Friday at 11 a.m. at the Second Congregational Church of South Williamstown. Burial will be in Southlawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested for the Village Ambulance through the Flynn & Dagnoli Funeral Home, WEST CHAPELS, 521 West Main St. North Adams, Ma. 01247. To send a card or a message please visit www.flynndagnolifuneralhomes.com.



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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 27, 2014
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