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William "Mark" Blair

February 1, 1955 ~ April 25, 2021 (age 66)


William Mark Blair, known to his family and friends as Mark, of Laurel, Maryland, passed away on April 25, 2021 at the age of 66 years. Preceded in death by his parents, F. Murray & Concetta Blair

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Mark spent the first 13 years of his life in Brooklyn Park, MD.  In 1968 the family moved to Bel Air, Harford County, where he attended and graduated from Bel Air High School in 1973.  Following high school, he attended the Rochester Institute of Technology for Graphic Arts.    Mark had many careers through his life – being book binder, counseling troubled teenagers, starting his own security company and most recently proudly being a member of the BATA Marine, Inc.  Mark loved his pups, Magenta, Chloe Dancer, Mindy and Bianca and Patches (guinea pig) his music, his art, traveling – the Up State New York mountains being his favorite, St. Michael’s, MD was a new “happy” place and he and Michele had hoped to retire there by the water.  As much as Mark loved his “hobbies” nothing could compare to his love and devotion to his family. 

Mark is survived by the love of his life – Michele McGlynn Blair, whom he met on St. Patrick’s Day in 1991 – Mark and Michele were together from the first “my name is Mark” until his death.  He will be sorely missed by his brother, Michael of Frankford, DE – his baseball and Pollack Johnny buddy and Mike’s wife Dorothy, his sister Peg McElwain and her husband Allen of Norrisville, MD – the keepers of his “happy place”, his sister-in-law Jeanmarie McGlynn of Wappingers Falls, NY – his mountain getaway and safe keeper for his wife; his nephews Allen McElwain (Betsy) & Benjamin and his wife Dianna McElwain – the original “toe heads”; his niece Christina Wallisch and her husband Mark of Frankford, DE, his niece Regan Devlin Shields and her husband Christopher of South River, MD and Jason McGlynn and his fiancé Christina of Poughkeepsie, New York.  The ones that Mark held close to his heart and found joy in watching them grow – his amazing grandnieces and grandnephews – Josh and Nathan McElwain; Ashley, Brooke and Zach McElwain, Blake Wallisch and Maddox John and Logan Anne Shields. 

Due to COVID restrictions a private service will be held at a later date.

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