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Leo P. Gallagher & Son Funeral Home

31 Arch Street, Greenwich, CT

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Richard M. Blair

5 avril , 192920 juin , 2019

Richard Mitchell Blair, a fifty-five year resident of Riverside and Old Greenwich, CT, unexpectedly and peacefully passed away at the age of 90 on June 20, 2019. He had just boarded the ferry with his son to return home after enjoying the Pan Am Clipper Pioneer's annual luncheon in Port Jefferson, NY. Dick was born in Cleveland, OH on April 5, 1929. He grew up in Warren, PA the eldest son of Harold Warren Blair and Cora Mitchell Blair. He attended Beatty-Warren High School and graduated from Phillips Andover Academy. He went on to Duke University where he received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. He participated in the choir and Hoof ‘n’ Horn, the student-run musical theater where he acted, directed and served as president. He was a member of the ATO fraternity. Dick was inspired by the world travels of his aunt and uncle, and began a lifetime of exploration. During his freshman summer at Duke, he joined an eight-week American Youth Hostel trip across the US and back through Canada, covering 10,000 miles by train and 1,000 miles by bicycle. It was his first trip west of Cleveland. Two years later, he led the same trip and went on to lead three more AYH trips throughout Europe. In November of 1953, Dick joined the amateur crew of Captain Irving & Exy Johnson’s Brigantine Yankee for their 6th around-the-world voyage. On Yankee’s last stop in Bermuda, Dick had a fortuitous meeting with a former Duke classmate who was working for Pan American World Airways and was encouraged to apply. Upon his return, he was hired and placed in the Pan Am Chicago office. It was there, he met the love of his life, Marilyn Few Green. They married on Memorial Day 1959 and enjoyed 54 magical years together until her sudden passing in April 2014. They had four children, Richard Jr., David, Carol & Lynn, with whom they enjoyed sharing their passion for travel. Dick's genuine interest in people and their stories created life long friendships. It seemed that no matter where in the world he was, there was a smiling face of someone who either knew him or who knew of him. Dick was an exceptional husband, father and friend who enriched all he met with his kindness, intelligence, good nature and remarkable sense of humor. He continued to travel the rest of his life graciously taking various children and grandchildren along with him.

Among Dick’s many interests and commitments he was true to his Catholic faith. A life long member of St. Catherine of Siena in Riverside, CT he served as both lector and Eucharistic Minister and hosted the radio program Becoming More Makes A Difference at the WGCH studio. He was a member of the Explorer’s Club in NYC. He acted as Master of Ceremonies for The Pan Am New Reunion Jazz Band. He had a great appreciation for music, the arts & humanities, especially the theater. He enjoyed attending Wednesday matinees with his dear friend and fellow theater aficionado. He interviewed Greenwich residents for the Public Library’s Oral History Project and sang with the Holly Hill Tones, bringing joy to senior living centers. For years he continued the tradition of organizing and hosting Pan Am lunches every other month, keeping the spirit alive. He served as Vice President of Europe and Atlantic for the Pan Am Historical Foundation. He was a member of the Riverside Yacht Club and Mostly Monday’s Book Club. Dick is predeceased by his loving wife, Marilyn and his parents. He is survived by his four children, their spouses, 10 grandchildren, nieces, nephews, his sister Nancy and her spouse. Without a doubt, Dick Blair inspired many and left this world a better place. Fair Winds Dad, we love you! In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his name to The Pan Am Historical Foundation, AYH, PBS and by supporting the arts & education in your community.

Services

  • Visitation mercredi, 26 juin , 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial jeudi, 27 juin , 2019

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Connie Condrell

27 juin , 2019

I knew Dick well when he lived in Chicago and was courting Marilyn. They were so happy to be together which made it especially fun to be with them both. Over their long marriage it was a pleasure to watch them raise their four delightful children and to hear of all their travels. They were two of the most curious, kind, funny and loving people I’ve ever met and I will miss them both very much.

Connie Condrell

27 juin , 2019

I knew Dick well when he lived in Chicago and was courting Marilyn. They were so happy to be together which made it especially fun to be with them both. Over their long marriage it was a pleasure to watch them raise their four delightful children and to hear of all their travels. They were two of the most curious, kind, funny and loving people I’ve ever met and I will miss them both very much.

Connie Condrell

27 juin , 2019

I knew Dick well when he lived in Chicago and was courting Marilyn. They were so happy to be together which made it especially fun to be with them both. Over their long marriage it was a pleasure to watch them raise their four delightful children and to hear of all their travels. They were two of the most curious, kind, funny and loving people I’ve ever met and I will miss them both very much.

Brad Bloomer

27 juin , 2019

I had the privilege of spending 18 months with Dick as we sailed around the world together on the Brigantine Yankee in the 1950’s. I have never forgotten how, when we had quiet times during a four-hour evening watch, he would regal us with stories of his bicycling trips around Europe. I was so envious. Over the years following, I count myself fortunate to have been able to visit Dick and Marilyn numerous times at their home in Connecticut. Now he has sailed over the horizon for the last time. Fair winds, old friend.

Jeff Weinberger

26 juin , 2019

It was love at first sight- He made everyone around him feel happy - he had a big heart and a lot to teach the rest of us about life, love, and human decency!!!!.... and he passed the spark on to the next generation (s)- Jeff

Ken McAdams

26 juin , 2019

Dick was the heart and spirit of our beloved Pan Am. God blessed us with him for so many many years. Ahmen.

Maggie D’Angelo

26 juin , 2019

What and incredible and inspiring life! He will be dearly missed. I am so happy that I got to spend time with him in the past few years and learn more about his travels and adventures. He was a kind and loving soul. My deepest condolences and may he Rest In Peace.

All of my love,
Maggie

Lee Harris

25 juin , 2019

Lynn,
So sorry to hear about your Dad. surround yourself with friends and great memories over the next few days.

Lee Harris

Yumi and Bob Massi

25 juin , 2019

We wish to express our deepest sympathy to the family of Captain Dick Blair. We had the distinct honor and privilege to be part of Dick's crew on many Pan Am flights. He was a true Captain, respected and loved by those whom he lead. He will be missed, but never forgotten.
Yumi and Bob Massi

Lynn Perry

24 juin , 2019

Dick touched my life on a trip to Cuba about 4 years ago with his charming grandson. He was game for anything and I so enjoyed sightseeing...and dancing (!) with him. I'm so glad to have known him.

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