Robert W. Mair December 9, 1931 - December 18, 2018

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.



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  1. Cindy Clarke says

    Dear Gayle and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. We only met once when Dampp-Chaser won the family business of the year and he was so proud of you! Knowing you and meeting Molly a few times, I can see what a wonderful man he was; a loving family man, a smart business owner, a caring community member, a fan of the outdoors, and a Christian. May God keep you and comfort you all during this time. Thinking of you,

  2. Colin says

    Dear Gayle Roger & Family
    Our deepest sympathies to your family in this time. Although we had only met Bob for the first time last year at the anniversary celebrations, he struck me as quiet knowledgeable individual who was proud of his family and accomplishments in his life. Rick and I are thinking about you in this time of sorrow
    Rick Studd
    Colin Meckelburg

  3. Normand Trudel says

    Dear Gayle & Roger,
    Thinking of you, at this time of loss.
    I met Bob 20 years ago and remember him being a nice person,
    ready to share his knowledge with others.

  4. Melanie says

    Gayle, a wonderful man whom I have fond memories of visiting with. May you and all of yours find peace knowing that he abides in each of you and you in him. with kindest regards, Melanie and all of us here at Brooks LTD

  5. Machiel Spiering says

    Dear Gayle, Roger, Molly and Rob.
    Sorry to hear about Bob’s death.
    He was a wonderful person and I learned many things from him.
    May he rest in peace.

  6. Dave Patterson says

    Sorry to hear of your loss, and know Bob has found peace — as he found it in life. He was a tremendous influence on many people, and certainly on me. He has left many legacies.

  7. Steve Cunninham says

    Gayle, Roger and family. I have the fondest memories of Bob. He was a wonderful, brilliant man. May you find peace in your heart knowing how much love, respect and admiration felt by those who had associations with him.