Dr. Kenneth Robert Bair, born May 31, 1948, aged 72, passed away peacefully on July 22nd, 2020. A long time resident of Bergen County, New Jersey, he was the son of Jack L. Bair and Shirley Fuhr Bair, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Rosemary Vitalo Bair, his son Adam and his wife Ramina, his granddaughter – Lydia, his brother, Steven and his wife Mimi, his nieces, Janine, Corinne, Monique and their families.
Dr. Bair, a graduate of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (1977), established a practice first in Pompton Plains, New Jersey and later on in West Milford, New Jersey. After over 30 years in practice, he retired in 2017. Dr. Bair’s patients did not welcome his retirement as his professional care spanned generations within families. Dr. Bair was active in his county professional organization serving as president of the Bergen County Optometric Society for more than one term.
Family was first on Ken’s list of priorities. He and Rosemary enjoyed traveling, live theatre and relaxing with friends over casual dinners. Once their son Adam was born in 1991, there was no doubt as to why Ken’s priorities were realigned. Adam was the joy of his life. He was always home for dinner, at his son’s sports games, and supportive of his wife’s endeavors. Ken’s kindness, gentle spirit and sense of humor carried him throughout life. For Ken, the glass was always half full. Whether he was talking to a handyman, reminiscing with his son, playing with his granddaughter, or giving a young child an eye-exam, that person left with a smile. Famous for his dinner-table jokes and impromptu naps, Ken lived life how he wanted. A resident of Bergen County, New Jersey (Westwood and Ridgewood) for 40 years, Ken exchanged his snow shovels for golf clubs and relocated to southeastern North Carolina in 2017. Putting work behind him, he could now divide his time around important daily activities – golf, playing piano, reading and just relaxing. Recently, he began volunteering in New Hanover public schools teaching golf to elementary school children. When Adam and his family relocated to Raleigh, North Carlina, Ken’s retirement became absolutely perfect.
Ken’s wish was to be cremated. Memorial services will be postponed until a later date. In lieu of flowers: please consider a donation to the American Diabetes Association – https://www.diabetes.org/donate.
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