Harper J. Bair Jr.
10/02/1931 - 11/21/2018
Harper J. Bair Jr., 87, of McSherrystown, entered into God’s eternal care on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at his home with his family by his side. He was the husband of Phyllis I. (Corbin) Bair who died August 11, 2016. Born October 2, 1931 in Adams County, he was the son of the late Harper J. Bair Sr. and Matilda A. (Gouker) Bair. Harper retired after many years, as a self-employed Building Contractor. In his early years he worked for the former Harry Walter Funeral Home and Walter Swimming Pool both in McSherrystown. He was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church in McSherrystown where he served on the advisory board, McSherrystown Knights of Columbus, and Have Gun Will Hunt – Hunting Camp. He was a life member of SAVES and the McSherrystown Home Assoc. Harper coached McSherrystown youth football and baseball, was involved with and assisted coaching Delone Catholic High School Football in the 1960’s and helped with New Oxford High School Football in the 1990’s. He enjoyed vacations to Rehoboth Beach, spending time on the Chesapeake Bay on his boat the “Dancing Bair” and spending time with family, friends and his granddogs Candy and Taffy. Surviving are his daughter, Cynthia L. Brillhart and husband Charles of McSherrystown, his son in many ways, Dain Kauffman; two grandsons, Douglas and Eric Cole; six great-grandchildren, Darian, Dedre, Katelyn, Emilee, Trea, and Natalie; and a sister Harriet L. Decker and husband Bud of Brushtown. He was preceded in death by a son, Gregory A. “Moe” Bair, and three siblings, Loretta M. Berkheimer, Helen C. Slaybaugh and Ruth A. Weaver. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, November 28, 2018 at Annunciation Catholic Church, McSherrystown with Rev. Lawrence W. Sherdel and Rev. Charles L. Persing concelebrating. Burial will follow in Annunciation Cemetery, McSherrystown. Relatives and friends will be received Tuesday 6 to 8 p.m. at Murphy Funeral Home, 501 Ridge Ave., McSherrystown with prayers at 8 p.m. Serving as pallbearers will be: Douglas Cole, Eric Cole, Dain Kauffman, Steve Topper, Andy Topper and Barry Decker. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Harper may be made to the New Oxford High School Football Program, 130 Berlin Road, New Oxford, PA 17350 or Annunciation Cemetery Fund, 26 N. Third St., McSherrystown, PA 17344.
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Posted at:11/28/2018 3:03 pm
Sad to hear this. Aunt Tillie was my godmother. And my parents were Harps godparents. God bless all of you
Posted at:11/23/2018 6:06 pm
May &quot;GOD BLESS&quot; Harp , whom became a good friend and most always came in the door at church with a big smile on his face even though at times he told me he wasn't feeling to well.
Posted at:11/23/2018 7:07 pm
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I enjoyed getting to know Harp and listening to his stories. In the short time I knew him, he was a gem.