Fred Blair, 68, of Wallis, TX died Sunday, June 17, in a tragic glider accident.
Fred was born on January 25, 1944, in Houston, Texas, though he spent his childhood fishing in the creeks and lakes around his childhood home of Palestine.
Mr. Blair retired from Houston Lighting and Power after 27 years.He and his wife, Lois, divided their time between Wallis, where Fred has played the euphonium in the Houston Symphonic Band, and Davenport, Florida since retirement. He and Lois have enjoyed working at Disney World during the winter months for the past 5 years.
Aside from music and fishing, Mr. Blair loved to fly.He was an experienced glider pilot and instructor. He held his Private PilotÆs License - Glider, his Commercial PilotÆs License - Glider and his Certified Flight Instructor License - Glider. He had logged 775 hours of flying prior to Sunday.
Fred is survived by his wife, Lois Mann, of 25 years. He is also survived by his brother, John Blair, his three children, Shelley and Kelly Cauble, Rob and Wendy Blair, Brian Blair, and 6 grandchildren. He is also survived by LoisÆ family of Randy and Tonia Tewell, Scott and Charlene Tewell, Ryan Tewell, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Fred was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Greater Houston Soaring Association û A Non-Profit Organization, P.O. Box 421, Wallis, TX 77485.