Raymond Blair, Co-owner Of Building Firm

November 03, 2009|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Raymond B. Blair, co-owner of a Timonium commercial building firm, died from intestinal bleeding Oct. 21 at St. Joseph Medical Center. He was 82.

Mr. Blair was born in Baltimore and raised in Govans. He attended Mount St. Joseph High School in Irvington, and lied about his age in order to join the Navy during the waning days of World War II, family members said.

He went to work for Blair & Sons Construction Co., a commercial construction firm, which had been established by his father in 1919.

At his death, the longtime Timonium resident had not retired.

"Work was his hobby," said a son, David S. Blair of White Hall, who works in the business, which is still family owned.

Mr. Blair also enjoyed taking cruises.

"He also liked being with his family and eating steamed crabs," his son said.

Mr. Blair was a member of the Knights of Columbus.

His wife of 40 years, the former Elizabeth J. Blackburn, died in 1986.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Oct. 26 at St. Mary of the Assumption Roman Catholic Church in Govans.

Surviving are three other sons, Robert F. Blair of Timonium, Timothy Blair of Street and Raymond G. Blair of Timonium; four daughters, Mary Beth Trageser of Towson, Nancy B. Umberger of Essex, Jeanne B. Boening of Galena and Marguerite A. Rau of Sioux Falls, S.D.; a brother, Elmer Blair of Lutherville; two sisters, Rose Cornell of Towson and Anne Darby of Eugene, Ore.; 17 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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