Blair, Eugene R. Sr. TROY Eugene R. Blair Sr., 87 of Lansingburgh, died peacefully on July 20, 2021, in his sleep at the Teresian House after a brief illness. Born in Cohoes, he was the son of the late Thomas and Adeline Trombley Blair. He was the youngest of five boys and eight girls. Gene was married to the love of his life, Carol Smith Blair, who passed in 2016 after 59 years of marriage. Gene was a veteran of the United States Navy serving during the Korean War from 1953 to 1955 aboard the USS Northampton. He retired from the Norton Company (Behr-Manning) in Watervliet. As a young boy he was part of the "Battling Blairs," his brothers and his dad traveled to local events and staged boxing matches for veterans and local fundraisers. They fought each other or any one else who wanted to fight. Boxing stayed with Gene and his wife Carol. Together they were instrumental in keeping amateur boxing alive not only here in the Capital District but all over the Northeast. He was the chief of officials for the USA Boxing Adirondack Association from 1980 to his retirement in 2013 and Carol was the secretary and official time keeper. They loved boxing. He taught boxing at the Lansingburgh Boys and Girls club and the Uncle Sam Boxing Club. Gene was the last of the founding member of the Friends of 112th Street, a local Lansingburgh non profit that helps families in need and provides scholarships to local high school graduates. Survivors include his son Eugene R. Blair Jr.; daughters, Lori Blair Crisafulli and Tracie Blair Ianuzzi (Peter); grandchildren, Melissa Brown (Russ), Michael Crisafulli (Rachel), Laura Crisafulli and Derrick Lajeunesse; and great-grandchildren, Katherine and Nathan Brown, Isabella and Jackson Lajeunesse and Theodore Crisafulli. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 27, at 10 a.m. in St. Augustine's Church where the Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated. The interment with full military honors will be in the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville at 12 p.m. Friends are invited and may call at the Frank P. McDonald & Son Funeral Home 870 Second Avenue (124th and 125th Streets) in Lansingburgh on Monday from 4 to 7 p.m. If desired, contributions may be made to the Lansingburgh Boy's & Girls Club, 501 4th Ave., Troy, NY, 12182.
Published by Albany Times Union on Jul. 24, 2021.