John Blair Obituary (2022) – Hamilton Square, NJ

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HAMILTON SQUARE John “Jack” E. Blair, Sr., 88, of Hamilton Square, died Friday, January 21, 2022, at home surrounded by his loving family. Born in Greenock, Scotland, Jack was the youngest of four children. In 1934. His family emigrated from Scotland to Trenton, and he lived with his two brothers, Hugh and Ben and his sister, Euphemia. Jack was a graduate of Trenton High School, Class of 1951 and then started working for General Motors as a Tool and Dye apprentice in 1952. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War from 1952 to 1956 where he was a radar mechanic. After serving his country, he returned to General Motors to become a tooling engineer. In 1957 Jack married his beloved, Beverly Nutt and they had three children, Janet, Jack and Greg. In 1966 he resigned from General Motors and embarked on a new career working for his father-in-law, Stanley Nutt, as an independent insurance agent. As Chairman of Nottingham Insurance, Jack served on the Board of Professional Insurance Agents of New Jersey, was a member of the Selective Insurance Producer Council, the Framers Reliance Producer Council and served on numerous other insurance committees. industry throughout his career. In addition, he also served on the advisory board of the Bank of Mid Jersey. As a third generation owner, Jack was very proud when his sons, Jack and Greg, bought Nottingham Insurance in 1994, keeping the agency business in the family as fourth generation owners. His daughter, Janet, also joined the company in 1999 and is currently Vice President of Operations. Jack spent many years coaching his son’s baseball and soccer teams in the Nottingham Little League and the Hamilton Recreational Soccer League. One of Jack’s accomplishments was the development of the Steinert High School Soccer Booster Club. Jack recognized that the team needed additional equipment or accessories that the budget could not afford. He organized the players’ parents to form a Booster Club which raised funds and collected donations and 100% of the money went to support the school football team. As a result, many other Booster Clubs were created at Steinert. For this accomplishment, Jack was inducted into the Steinert Sports Hall of Fame. Jack was very active in the Hamilton community and devoted most of his community service to the Hamilton Rotary Club and the Hamilton YMCA. Jack felt that both organizations supported the community and provided a better way of life where he worked and lived. At Rotary of Hamilton, Jack served as president and received a Paul Harris Fellow from his club for his “superior service to self” and held numerous leadership positions within the Rotary club as well as the Rotary district. It was not only a wonderful way for him to give back to the community, but he also formed many lifelong friendships with those who were in Rotary. He was honored by the Township of Hamilton with the Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of the Township of Hamilton’s commitment to economic growth. Jack also served as Chairman of the Hamilton Area YMCA Board of Directors. He was an active board member when the YMCA of Hamilton built the facility it currently occupies on White-Mercerville Road. Jack was also very involved with the NJ Grange where he served as youth director. Other community involvements have been president of Mobile Meals of Hamilton and as a trustee of Gothic Lodge #240 F&AM and Saint Mark’s United Methodist Church. After retiring in 1994, Jack and Bev moved to Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina where they enjoyed golf and spent time with new friends. They moved back to New Jersey to be near their three children and spouses, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Predeceased by his parents, Archibald C. and Charlotte M. (Francis) Blair; and his brothers and sisters; he is survived by his wife of 64 years, Beverly Nutt Blair; her daughter and son-in-law, Janet Engelke and her husband, Kevin; his two sons, Jack, Jr. and his wife, Kathy, and Greg and his wife, Lisa; her five grandchildren, Meaghan LaBelle and her husband, Mike, Caitlyn Mulvihill and her husband, Robert, Alison Park and her husband, John, Taylor Blair and John, III; and his five great-grandchildren, Addison and Archer LaBelle, Robert and Caleb Mulvihill and Quinn Park. A memorial gathering for family and friends will be held Saturday, January 29, 2022 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Saint Mark’s United Methodist Church, 465 Paxson Avenue, Hamilton Square, NJ 08690, followed by a memorial service beginning 10:30 a.m. Masks are optional for Jack’s visitation and funeral. The cremation will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jack’s memory to the Hamilton YMCA (https://www.hamiltonymca.org/donate/donate-now) or Mobile Meals of Hamilton (https://www.mobilemealshamilton.org /Pages/donations.htm). Arrangements are under the direction of Saul Colonial Home, 3795 Nottingham Way, Hamilton Square, NJ. www.saulfuneralhomes.com Saul Colonial Home 3795 Nottingham Way Hamilton Square, NJ 08690 (609) 587-0170

Published by “The Times, Trenton”, from January 24 to January 25, 2022.

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