Robert (Bob) W. Mair, age 87, of Asheville, passed away on December 18th. Bob was predeceased by his parents, Beveridge J. Mair, and Alice V. Mair, his wife, A. Joan (Joann) Mair, and his sister, Sarah Flinn. He is survived by his children Andrew Mair (Marilyn) of Rensselaer, NY, and Gayle Mair (Roger Wheelock) of East Asheville, NC, two grandchildren, Molly McQuillan and Robbie Wheelock, a brother, John Mair (Madeline) of Norfolk, VA, and a brother-in-law, Kent Eargle of Charlotte, NC.
Bob grew up in Bethesda, MD. He graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon University. Following graduation, he moved to Aiken, SC, to work at the Savannah River Plant where he met his future wife, Joann. Shortly after their marriage, Bob and Joann moved to Pennsylvania where Bob began working for Crucible Steel. Career advancement took Bob and Joann to various locations, including Syracuse, NY, and Cleveland, Ohio. Bob retired from Colt Industries in 1986 and moved to Asheville where he entered into a partnership to buy and operate Dampp-Chaser Corporation in Hendersonville, NC. He retired from Dampp-Chaser in 2003, leaving behind a legacy of success and worldwide expansion that continues under the direction of his daughter and her husband.
Bob and Joann were members of the Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church in Asheville. Bob was an avid golfer and was a former golf course member at the Grove Park Inn.
The Mair family is especially grateful to caregivers Ursula Vicari and Mary Joyner of Griswold Home Care and is very appreciative of the compassionate care provided to Bob by hospice and Susan Malter, RN, of CarePartners.
A private memorial service will be held by the family at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Habitat for Humanity, 322 West Lamar St., Americus, GA 31709, or to a charity of one’s choice.