Frederick “Fred” Thomas Bair, age 80 of Fairfield Beach, passed away November 12, 2016, while holding his wife’s hand. He was so tired and finally succumbed after 35 years of battling cancer.
Fred was born March 7, 1936, in Mansfield, to the late Carl Bernard and Idella Mae McGrath Bair.
Fred was a CPA in private practice in Worthington, and owned Buckeye Beach Mobile Home Park, Marina and Campground on Buckeye Lake, where he and his wife of 58 years, Judy resided. They were blessed with three outstanding daughters, Bettina Bair (Larry Stefanich), Bonita Bair and Bethany (Lance) Roshon, who gave them five wonderful grandchildren, Miranda Marcus (Ricky Alvarez), Carly, Alexander, Julian and Abigail; and they also enjoyed two greatgrandchildren, Kira and Derek. Fred is also survived by his sister, Debra (Doug) Palmer; and twp nephews, Brian (Beth) McFarland and Christopher (Sharon) McFarland. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward.
Fred was a United States Air Force veteran serving during the Berlin Crisis and a member of AMVETS Post #51 of Thornport.
Fred got a BA in Accounting from Ohio University where he was a member of Sigma Chi. While they lived in Columbus, Fred got his private pilot’s license and scuba diving license. He received his Masters in Business from the University of Dayton and his Masters in Tax from Capitol Law School. Fred taught accounting at OSU-Newark and the main campus in Columbus.
Fred was a member of Buckeye Lake Yacht Club and the Greater Buckeye Lake Historical Society where he was a past president.
Fred’s greatest joy was traveling with his wife, children and friends; he went around the world in 80 years! His favorite place was Harbour Island in the Bahamas, where he was considered a resident tourist. We all mourn the loss of one of God’s great gifts; he was a true philanthropist and life was a better place with him in the world.
Visitation will be held from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 2016, at the Roberts- Winegardner Funeral Home, 304 Mill Street, New Lexington, Ohio
Private graveside funeral service and burial will be held on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at New Lexington Cemetery with Father Michael Gribble officiating.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made if so desired to Buckeye Lake businesses impacted by the dam replacement… Buckeye Lake Historical Society or Buckeye Lake Yacht Club.
Obituary and online register book at www.robertsfuneralhomenewlex.com