William Anthony Blair Sr  July 21 1926  January 08 2020

William Anthony Blair Sr July 21 1926 January 08 2020

July 21 1926 January 08 2020
William Anthony Blair, Sr. July 21, 1926 – January 08, 2020 Share this obituary Send Sympathy Gifts Sign Guestbook| Send Sympathy Card| Memorial Donation William A. Blair, Sr, Bill, age 93, of Camp Jo Jane in Oriental, NC, died Wednesday, January 8, 2020, in New Bern. He was born in London, England, on July 21, 1926, and came to the United States via Belgium when he was three years old. He grew up in Bayshore, NY, where his love of fishing and clamming developed. He married his love Joan G. Worzel on November 11, 1951. Bill and Joan lived in Holbrook, NY, then moved to Oakdale, NY, in 1966. They had four children: William Jr., Marc, Vivian, and Eleanor. After Bill retired from the Long Island Lighting Company, he, Joan, William Jr, Marc, and Vivian moved to Oriental. Bill loved to sing and dance and sing and dance he did. He sang with the Sayville Musical Workshop in NY, with the Pamlico Chorale in NC. He sang an opera written for him by friend Paul Knudsen. He sang at weddings and funerals, and he sang in the tub, at the sink washing dishes, in the yard, and on his boat. He loved opera, operettas, and Neapolitan songs. He once sang on a vacation tour at a restaurant in Italy and got a standing ovation. He danced at senior centers, at inaugurations, with the line dance group his daughter Vivian now teaches on Friday mornings at 10 at St. Peter’s in Oriental, on cruise ships, and on video recordings for his sister Nellie Emmanuel. Along with his wife Joan, Bill volunteered for many community and political causes. They were dedicated to helping family and friends near and far. Bill would repair stuff for folks, cook and serve food, take time to be with people in need and be with them for making merry. To spread the joy of music and staying active, Bill and Joan founded the line dance group at the 50+ Club and participated in many of their shows and concerts. Bill kept a positive attitude though good times tough times and was generally known for being gentle, grateful, practical, resourceful, active, involved, supportive, funny, health-conscious, and happy. Bill loved words and language which helped sing in Italian, German, and Spanish. He and Joan were both great and competitive at Scrabble. Bill loved to read, especially mysteries. He enjoyed the many horse racing related books by Dick Francis. Bill Blair is survived by his son William Blair Jr. of New Bern, his daughter Vivian Blair of Oriental, NC, and his daughter Eleanor Brosius (Thomas) of Centreville, VA. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Joan Blair, in 2014, and his son, Marc Blair, in 2018, with whom his ashes will be buried at Union Cemetery on Long Island at a future date. A remembrance event with music, shared stories, and food, is planned for Saturday, January 18, from 1-3 pm, by the family and the 50+ Club at the Pamlico County Senior Center, 800 Main St, Alliance, NC. For more information, call Vivian at (252) 249-1735. The family, following Bill’s example, extend a boatload of thank you’s to all of the friends, neighbors, caregivers, groups, and organizations that have cared for and about us. SERVICES Celebration of Life Saturday, January 18, 2020 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM Pamlico County Senior Center 800 Main St. Alliance, NC 28509 Get Directions on Google Maps Print Obituary Sign Guestbook Name: Location: Video: Image: Light A Candle Candle 1 Candle 2 Candle 3 Candle 4 Email: Please keep my message private Personal Message: Personal Message (required) Confirm: Submit Guestbook entry

Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of William Anthony Blair Sr July 21 1926 January 08 2020.

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Death notice for the town of: Alliance, state: North Carolina

death notice William Anthony Blair Sr July 21 1926 January 08 2020

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