James Bartlett "Jim" Mair
At Beach Grove Home on Saturday, September 8, 2012, of James “Jim” Mair, Charlottetown, age 83 years.
Cherished husband of Laura (King) Mair. Loving father of Bart Mair (Lisa) of Perkinsville, Vermont, and Jana Lillies (Darren), Calgary, and “Pops” to granddaughter Lauren Mair. He will be sadly missed by his brothers, Nathan Mair of Charlottetown and Lorin Mair of Mexico; sister-in-law Joan Pilpott of Charlottetown, Betty Howatt (Everett) of Tryon; brother-in-law, Colin King (Josephine) of Ottawa; and by his nieces and nephew. Predeceased by his parents, Bart Mair and Laura Mair Marsh; brothers, Sterling and Tim; sister, Beatrice Mair; and sisters-in-law, Violet Mair, Margaret Mair and Christine Burdett (Ralph).
Jim was born and received his early education in Georgetown, became involved with the YMCA and attended “Y” sponsored universities in Montreal and Chicago, worked at the YMCA in Windsor, Ontario, then travelled across the border to Wayne State University in Detroit where he received his Master’s Degree in Social Work. Jim had a special affinity for troubled youth and, following his graduation in Detroit, he took up the position of assistant director — and then later director — at the Protestant Children’s Village in Ottawa, then director for eight years of the Seven Oaks Children’s Centre in Victoria, B.C., and Professor of Social Work at Carleton University in Ottawa.
But the call of “the Island” remained strong and Jim and family returned home where he took on the position of Co-ordinator of Children in Care for the P.E.I. Department of Social Services; during that period Jim developed many programs that have had a very positive impact on untold numbers of Island youth.
Resting at Belvedere Funeral Home where cremation will take place. A service of “Music and Meditation” will be held for family and friends at the Belvedere Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. No visitation by personal request. A private committal will take place at St. David’s Church Cemetery, Georgetown.
Jim’s wishes are to have some of his ashes cast over the waters at the old Ferry Wharf in Georgetown, which represents the location in which he felt his “real life” began with his participation as a youth in the Red Cross Lifesaving Program.
Family flowers only. Donations in Jim’s memory may be made to the Town of Georgetown A.A. MacDonald Memorial Gardens, Alzheimer Society or Beach Grove Home.