December 7, 1950 - December 29, 2021
Malcolm C. Blair, of Fayetteville, a retired IT business analyst for Onondaga County, died Wednesday. He was 71. Mel was an accomplished person who was always willing to become involved in a deserving organization that helped others. Over the years he volunteered for Meals on Wheels of North Syracuse, delivering meals wherever necessary. He took pride in his involvement as a tutor to refugees for English as a second language, and he was especially proud of his work with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Mel earned his pilot’s license and joined a flying club. He took flying seriously, would study the weather patterns before inviting a family member or friend to join him on a flight. In fact, a cousin, the late Ed McCormick, gave his aerial endeavors the name ‘Mel Air,’ a nickname that stuck to the point that he eventually had it on his license plates. Mel was a member of the team tasked with the job of establishing the county’s 911 emergency call system and maintaining it over the years. He received several accommodations from Onondaga County and the county’s Sheriff’s Department for his work in making the system a success. Mel served in the Marine Corps earning the rank of sergeant, and receiving the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnamese Service Medal. During his time in the Marines he graduated from NCO School and NCO Leadership School. Mel was quiet about his accomplishments in work and play, never saying much unless one of them was brought into the conversation by another. He and his wife, Maryanne, most recently lived at Towne Center, in Fayetteville, a place he enjoyed immensely. As was his style, Mel became fully involved in what his surroundings had to offer; he learned to play Bridge, joined the book club, and a group that would take organized walks. He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Maryanne; brother, Dean (Irene); and three nephews. He was predeceased by another brother, Gregory. A graveside service will be held at 11a.m. on Monday, January 3rd at St. Mary’s Cemetery, DeWitt. Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter. FARONE & SON Inc Funeral Home is in acre of arrangements.
Malcolm C. Blair, of Fayetteville, a retired IT business analyst for Onondaga County, died Wednesday. He was 71. Mel was an accomplished person who was always willing to become involved in a deserving organization that helped others. Over... View Obituary & Service Information
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