OBITUARY

Edward John Bair

May 27, 1923October 25, 2018
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Edward John Bair, Sr. (Pop Pops), 95, resident of Lakeland, Florida, passed Thursday October 25, 2018 in Lakeland, Florida. He was born May 27, 1923 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, son of Martha Alice Esworthy (Nee Kilgore) and William Lawrence Lee.

He graduated from McCaskey High School, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and attended Franklin and Marshall College for civil engineering before being called to service in WWII in 1943. He served as a radio operator, received commendation as a sharpshooter, and an honorable discharge in 1946. In February 1946, he married Betty Rae Bair in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Edward began a career in visual design at Pomeroy’s department store after the war and continued representing visual design companies to department stores in the Southeast. Along with his wife, he was a repeat winner of Ball Masque in Harrisburg, PA, an avid boater and archer, entrepreneur and barbershop, choral and solo singer.

Edward is survived by children Karen Glisson (Michael); Cindy Silberman (Eric), grandchildren Vanessa (Justin), Kelly, Brandon (Sarah), Christopher (Erica); great-grandchildren, Jackson, Mason, Wilson, Elliot; sister: Fay Mango, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Our beloved father, brother and grandfather is now reunited with his wife of 70 years, Betty Rae Bair and sons, Edward John Bair, Jr. and Robert Ray Bair, and sister Romayne June Lee Fisher.

A Celebration of Edward's Life will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, October 27, 2018 at Cork UMC, 4815 Sam Allen Rd, Plant City, FL 33565. Graveside ceremony and interment will occur in Lancaster, Pennsylvania at a later date.

Services

  • Celebration of Life Saturday, October 27, 2018
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Jean-Paul Benowitz

November 12, 2018

A veteran of WWII, a student from Franklin & Marshall College - Go Diplomats!, an artist, a musician, a leader, a Mason - So Mode It Be brother, a gentlemen, a scholar, a wonderful man.

Jean-Paul Benowitz

November 12, 2018

A veteran of WWII, a student from Franklin & Marshall College - Go Diplomats!, an artist, a musician, a leader, a Mason - So Mode It Be brother, a gentlemen, a scholar, a wonderful man.

Amy Benowitz

November 12, 2018

Very soon our family will gather again, this time to celebrate the life of my uncle, Edward J. Bair, or Uncle Ted to me. He was a larger than life, kind, funny, cool, fashionable, and generous man. I have such fond memories of him, my Aunt Betty Rae, and my cousins coming to visit us from Florida. It was always so exciting and so much fun. From heading to Willow Valley for dinner, playing cards and games, to romping around in their HUGE Winnebago, our time together was filled with laughter and love. I will always cherish those memories.

Vanessa Wright

November 1, 2018

I have so many memories that fill my brain as I am thinking about Pops...dinner at the Burlington Dinner when Mom Mom and Pops would visit, how he wrapped Christmas presents perfectly, his seriousness but also goofy when he wanted to be...but what I remember most is his love for me and my boys. He wasn’t much of a talker on the phone but when it came to his great grandsons he wanted to know everything they were doing! He was full of advice for school, sports and how to work hard to get what you want in life! I will miss our chats on the phone Pops and I will also miss our no lips kiss (less wet that way 🙂)
Love, Vanessa

Kathy Ardito

October 31, 2018

Ed Bair. I called him Pops. Creative, talented, always thinking about the next venture. Cherished moments / memories. So many! A boat ride on a very rainy day, we all got soaking wet. Exciting! Cutting back a bush so harshly, no way could it survive! Only to watch little green shoots show up and grow into a beautifully shaped bush. Lesson learned. Opinionated. Beautiful singing voice. Loved it when MomMom and Pops would all of a sudden break out into song. But I think what I loved the most was his passionate love for his family. How he loved his grandchildren. And how he would love to tease and keep all in suspense. Like when he danced with Vanessa at her wedding. He started out as this "old man with a bad back", slumped over, hardly able to move. And then......you guessed it. He stood up straight and started to whirl Vanessa around. We all cracked up. Pops, you made your special place in all our lives, including mine. You and your wife showed us love and strength in family. I will miss you both. ❤️❤️

Chris Glisson

October 30, 2018

We will miss you Poppops but so happy that you get reunite with Teddy, Bob and the love of your life. Thank you for inspiring me to not take life too seriously and to enjoy it with a dose of sarcasm and humility. Godspeed my friend!

Michael Glisson

October 29, 2018

Ed (Pops) was my father-in-law. I am married to Karen, his only daughter. As a son-in-law, it is always challenging to become part of your wife's family. Having a daughter ourselves, I soon found out why it is challenging, as it should be. You want the absolutely very best for your daughter. It took some time for Ed and I to grow comfortable with each other. Maybe, it was more like me feeling accepted by her family. However, soon after Karen and I became engaged, things began to build in my relationship with Pops. I found out that he was a man of his word, an honest and dedicated man to his family. I quickly became part of that family. Ed and I shared a mutual trusting and respectful relationship over the next 46+ years.

Like all of us, Pops had some quirky things about him. As example, he would buy 2 of the same thing when he purchased an item. If you walked into his garage, you'd see 2- 10ft ladders; 2- 50ft. water hoses; 2- identical hand saws, 2- identical shovels, etc. One time we were at the mall, waiting on the women of our lives. We walked into the men's shop where Ed purchased 2- identical checkered shirts, both the same size. As we left the store, I finally asked him, "Ed, what do you buy 2 identical items every time you buy something?" He looked at me and asked, "what do you do if something happens with the first one?" I couldn't argue with the logic.

As the end began to get closer, Pops laid in bed and non-responsive. He couldn't verbally communicate and his eyes remained closed. It was evident that despite our hope and prayers, God was calling him home. We called all the grandchildren and family that could be reached. They spoke with Ed and shared their love. Pops couldn't speak but his body language let you know he heard them. It was a sad but very beautiful moment. Every one got to say goodbye. He is now reunited with Betty. That makes me overjoyed. RIP, Pops...

John Kilgore

October 27, 2018

My Dad and Uncle Ted had a wonderful conversation just a few weeks ago. He wants everyone to know that Uncle Ted is the man who walked with him on his road to the ministry. It was he who encouraged and supported him as he struggled to know what he should do. He said, "He was more than words, he lived his testimony and set an example for all of the family." He loved Uncle Ted as a brother. He will miss him, Jeanette also loved him and Aunt Betty Rae, and she will keep all of the family in her prayers. She loved the visits when they were able to get together, short as they were. There is another hole in the universe tonight, but there's another star out there too, and the star is what we'll follow.

Peggy Kilgore Pella

October 27, 2018

He was larger than life. When he walked into a room everbody sort of disappeared. Aunt Betty Rae was on his arm or close enough to hold hands. Uncle Ted was so gifted. His ingenious displays were totally enthralling for all of us. I remember his voice so well. When we were all together one of them, Uncle Ted or one of the others would hum, and he would become the metronome. One summer evening Sarah and I were sitting below the kitchen window at Uncle Bob's. The women were clearing the kitchen and we heard whispers and laughing. The cousins were in the backyard catching and releasing lightening bugs. There was a hum from the "front room" and the voices began to chime. They were singing "Goodnight Irene," they would harmonize the chorus, and one by one each would sing a solo. I always wondered how any of them knew who was next up for the solo. Dad and Uncle Ted were behind the piano. I watched them lean toward each other as they picked up the tempo and harmony. That was before they sent us out to find something. It was a storybook evening. Uncle Ted always brought joy into a room. He was gifted in so many ways, but walking around his stores was pure magic. He and Aunt Betty Rae started Christmas for me. I think he might have been the most significant man I ever knew, except of course my Dad. Love and blessings to all of you.

Fay Lee Monte

October 26, 2018

Will surely be missing this man, my Uncle Ted. But I never think of him alone, it’s always been “Ted & Betty Rae”, like they were one entity. Now he is with his beloved Betty Rae, and Teddy and Bobby , my mom, Grandma Alice, Uncle Jim, Uncle John, Uncle Bob………………….wow, I bet they’ve got a great pinochle game going on right now!

Biography

Edward John Bair, Sr. (Pop Pops), 95, resident of Lakeland, Florida, passed Thursday October 25, 2018 in Lakeland, Florida. He was born May 27, 1923 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, son of Martha Alice Esworthy (Nee Kilgore) and William Lawrence Lee.

He graduated from McCaskey High School, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and attended Franklin and Marshall College for civil engineering before being called to service in WWII in 1943. He served as a radio operator, received commendation as a sharpshooter, and an honorable discharge in 1946. In February 1946, he married Betty Rae Bair in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Edward began a career in visual design at Pomeroy’s department store after the war and continued representing visual design companies to department stores in the Southeast. Along with his wife, he was a repeat winner of Ball Masque in Harrisburg, PA, an avid boater and archer, entrepreneur and barbershop, choral and solo singer.

Edward is survived by children Karen Glisson (Michael); Cindy Silberman (Eric), grandchildren Vanessa (Justin), Kelly, Brandon (Sarah), Christopher (Erica); great-grandchildren, Jackson, Mason, Wilson, Elliot; sister: Fay Mango, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Our beloved father, brother and grandfather is now reunited with his wife of 70 years, Betty Rae Bair and sons, Edward John Bair, Jr. and Robert Ray Bair, and sister Romayne June Lee Fisher.

Services will be held Saturday, October 27, 2018 at 1:30 pm at Cork United Methodist Church, Plant City, FL. Graveside ceremony and interment will occur in Lancaster, Pennsylvania at a later date.