George A. Blair, 86, formerly of Holliston, MA., Clifton Park, NY., and Cape Elizabeth, ME. died peacefully, Sunday, Jan., 9, 2011 at the Hawthorne House in Freeport, Maine, He was born on September 4, 1924 in Gardiner, Maine, the son of Herbert and Julia T. (Hurley) Blair, also of Gardiner. George graduated from Gardiner High School in 1941, and attended the Kennebec School of Commerce in 1942. In 1943 he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served in Alaska and Canada. Following WWII, George attended the University of Connecticut through the GI Bill and graduated with a degree in business in 1951. George's military career spans the period since 1943, culminating in retirement in 1975 as Lt. Colonel. In 1951, George married Margaret 'Peggy' Staples, also of Gardiner, Maine and on June 30, 2004, they celebrated their 53rd wedding anniversary. George was employed by National Biscuit Co., Sylvania Lighting Products and Borden Chemical Company before returning to active duty with the New York State Selective Service System in 1969. Upon release from active duty, George and family returned to Maine, where he was employed by the Maine State Lottery as a Field Representative and later Office Manager. After retiring from the State, George worked for Whitehall Robbins, Proctor and Gamble, and did volunteer work for the Maine Convention and Business Bureau. George was past President of the Robert Graham Chapter MSDEA, as well as a member of the Retired Officers Association, the VPS Post 832, and the American Legion #17. George was a member of St. Bartholomew's Church in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, where he sang in the choir. His hobbies included singing with the Barbershoppers, and playing golf and cards with his wonderful group of friends. Above all, he enjoyed a good story and delighted in sharing them with friends. George is predeceased by his wife Margaret 'Peggy' Blair, his parents Herbert and Julia Blair, his brothers John, Joseph and Herbert Blair, and an infant son. He is survived by his children, son Thomas F. Blair of Portland, Maine, daughter Holly A. McGuiness and her husband Jim of East Boothbay, Maine, and daughter Katherine A. Coker and her husband Jerry, of McDonough, Georgia, as well as grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Thomas and Margaret Staples of Gardiner, Maine. George's family would like to thank the staffs at Freeport Place and The Hawthorne House for all the wonderful care and love they extended to George over the past few years. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Joseph's Church in Gardiner, Maine in the spring, with a burial to follow at the family lot at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Gardiner. There will be no viewing hours. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Maine Cancer Foundation, 970 Baxter Blvd., Suite 204, Portland, Maine 04103. Arrangements are under the care of Staples Funeral Home in Gardiner, Maine.