John Joseph Fair, 65, of Weirton, WV passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017 at UPMC Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA after a lengthy illness. Born on June 23, 1951, in Steubenville, OH, John was the son of the late Harry and Elizabeth (Ford) Fair. John, a humble, soft spoken man, graduated from Weir High School in 1969, Ohio Valley School of Nursing in 1973 and Shadyside Hospital School of Nurse Anesthesia in 1976 where he earned his CRNA. He also earned his BSN and MSN from La Roche College. John joined the Shadyside Hospital Anesthesia staff in 1976 and was employed at Shadyside as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist for 41 years. A published author in the Nurse Anesthesia Journal, John lectured and taught in Nurse Anesthesia programs but spent most of his career in the operating room. He loved clinical work. Although John had a lengthy career in the medical field, he was equally passionate about his longtime involvement with the Boy Scouts of America. John was devoted and committed to the Boy Scouts, serving as Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 334 in Weirton, WV. Over the years, he would use his vacation time from the hospital to accompany boys to summer camp at the Fort Steuben Scout Reservation. John was a member of the Weirton First Church of the Nazarene. John's other interests included the Tri-State Area Wine Club and the Fort Steuben Street Rod Club (He loved his 1967 white El Camino). John is survived by his loving wife, Christina (Unger) Fair who he met while each were attending nurse anesthesia training and were married on April 3, 1976; loving father of David and Rose Fair ; loving grandfather of Adam Michael Fair, all of Weirton. John is also survived by three brothers, Harry Fair of Raleigh, NC; William "Bill" (Antoinette) Fair of Weirton, WV; and Robert "Bob" (Shirley) Fair of Osprey, Fl. In compliance with John's wishes his body will be cremated under the care of Greco Hertnick Funeral Home of Weirton, WV. There will be no visitation or service. John and his family would like donations in his memory to go to help needy boy scouts attend summer camp at the Fort Steuben Scout Reservation. Memorial contributions in John's name may be made to Boy Scouts of America, Ohio River Valley Council, PO Box 6186, Wheeling, WV 26003, memo camperships OR click donate, click send a scout to camp: Ohio River Valley.

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  1. Chris and family, Our thoughts are with you in your time of sorrow, we know that all the good times and memories of John will sustain you in the future.

  2. Chris I am so sorry for your loss. My heart was broken when I heard the news. Please know my prayers are with you and the kids. He will be deeply missed. Love and hugs–Tracey

  3. Chris, Jan and I are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. We are glad we got to see you both last year as we passed through Pittsburgh, Our thoughts are with you and your family as you go through this trying time. David

  4. Chris, my sympathies go out to you and your family. John was always such a nice and kind person. I am so sorry for the loss of this good man.

  5. Chris, Buddy and I have no word to show how sorry we are in John’s passing ..he was a good friend to us and he will be surely be missed.. our thoughts and prayers go out to You, Rose, David, Adam and John’s brothers. Love, Buddy and Paula

  6. Chris, Don and I are so sorry for the loss of such a good friend. We’ll always cherish the good memories. You, David, Rose and Adam are in our thoughts and prayers as are Johns brothers. Love, Don and Linda

  7. Chris, Praying for you and the family. The world has lost a giant of a man. Good memories of John all the way back to first grade at Cove School and all grown up with our own boys in Scouts.

  8. Chris, My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad that I had the opportunity to see you both this past August, and I will cherish that memory . Please know myself and my family will keep you in our prayers during these difficult days . God Bless Cheryl Bertran

  9. Chris, Bill and family, I am so sorry and shocked to hear of the passing of John. He was a truly great guy, and I admired his accomplishments throughout his life. I knew him for a long time from grade school and college, and again from our time together in the Medical Reserve Corp, and all the car shows we attended. I’m going to miss his teasing me and making me laugh all the time, and our occasional morning coffee times together. My prayers are with all of you. I guess Our Father in heaven wanted him there with Him to nurse all the others and make them as happy as what he made us feel. God Bless All of You.

  10. Rose, never knew your dad, but you always spoke great things about him. I know you will miss him so much. My heartfelt prayers and sympathies go out to you and your family. Always cherish the good times.

  11. May a good person rest in peace! He was a kind and generous man in his profession and with his family and friends.

  12. Dear Chris, Rose, David and Adam, Our hearts ache for you. I wish there was something we could say or do to help you now. Please know that you’re in our prayers. John was a very special person and we are all blessed to have known him. May God Bless you and comfort you. With Love, Gail and Billy Sibert and girls.

  13. So sorry for your family. I worked with John when he was assigned to ASC. He was kind to his patients and always a gentleman to other staff members.

  14. I had the privilege of working with John for many years at Shadyside. He was a wonderful man! Aways kind, so caring and compassionate to his patients. My deepest sympathies to the family. He will be greatly missed

  15. Dear Chris, Rose, David and Adam, I was so sorry to hear this news today. I had no idea he had been in the hospital. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. John was a wonderful man.

  16. So very sorry for your loss. John was a great man. My husband and I will always cherish our time working with John. A true professional. RIP my friend.

  17. Dearest Chris, I was so very sorry about John. I know he fought a long, hard battle. May he be at peace. Hugs and prayers coming your way Chris.

  18. Chris so sorry for your loss you are in our thoughts and prayers. He was such an incredible person and he will be missed.

  19. Chris and family, Our thoughts and prayers to you and your family. It was a great honor and pleasure to have met and worked with John, a special man, he will be missed!

  20. Chris, I’m praying for you & the family. I can remember John from my earliest days at Shadyside all the way through my time there. He was not only such an excellent professional, but the best kind of person. All my sympathy and love to you.

  21. Deepest condolence to you and your family Chris. I always liked John and enjoyed the times I got to chat with him. He was a great guy. We will miss him at our wine tastings.

  22. I’m so sorry for your lost, John was truly a class act and I feel truly lucky to have known him. I always enjoyed our break room talks and his passion for cars. My best to you and your family.

  23. Chris, Ali and I are so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in our prayers. It was an honor to work with John and his words on wisdom will last my entire career.

  24. Dear Chris, David, Rose and the Fair family, Our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of John, a wonderful husband, father and brother as well as a friend to many. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. His presence on earth will be missed. May he rest in the arms of the Lord.

  25. Sending our prayers and love to all of you! John was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather, but also a mentor to many young people throughout the years with the Boy Scouts. We have wonderful memories and we hope that you can hold dear your memories of his life and love. May God’s love bring you comfort and peace. Lynne and David Shroads

  26. I had the pleasure of working with John in my time spent at Shadyside. I always appreciated his humor and wisdom making a sometimes long day more bearable. Peace and prayers to you and you family.

  27. I am very sorry for your loss. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. Your home was like a second home to me growing up and I will never forget your kindness and compassion for me then!

  28. Chris and family. My thoughts and sympathy are with all of you. I don’t know if you will remember me but I was Gerald Miller’s wife. He thought so much of the two of you.

  29. Chris.. just heard this morning about John. I am so sorry for your loss. I remember working neuro rooms w/ John. He was always a pleasure to work with in the main OR at Shadyside and then in more recent years, in ASC. He would talk about you Chris, also a nurse anesthesist. I was excited when he told me you took a job in ASC Shadyside because I knew you were special, just like John! You are both the best people. I’ll never forget your kindness when my Simon passed. May your John Rest In Peace and may God hold you in his arms during this difficult time.

  30. Bob and Shirley: WOW! It’s been a long time… didn’t know until I read the obituary ”where you guys were”…I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the Lord help the pain in your hearts at this time.

  31. The Fair Family,my deepest sympathy to all of you. I had the pleasure of working with John for 27 yrs in the OR at Shadyside.i will miss his sense of humor,he was unique and a true professional. May he rest in peace.

  32. I just want to express my sincere sympathy to you Chris and your entire family at this difficult time. Prayers for strength for you all.

  33. Christina and family, My sympathy goes out to you all! When I met John some time ago, he knew quite a bit about me, I knew less of him. I made a friend that day! I was happy to pass on some Weir High things to him which he enjoyed! He will be miss! A good friend.

  34. I am saddened to hear of John’s passing. A surgical procedure requires a team of people in order to be successful. I was honored to have John as a team mate. I knew that with him at the head of the table our patient would be in skillful and careing hands. My condolences to his friends and loved ones.

  35. My deepest condolences to you and your family. He was a true mentor to countless CRNA’s and was the epitome of what it meant to be a true professional. He will be deeply missed and was and always be a legend a Shadyside Hospital. God bless.

  36. Oh Chris, my deepest sympathy. I was truly honored to work with John many times in the operating room at Shadyside. He could make me laugh out loud in the most serious of cases. He loved his work and we loved him. He will be deeply missed by the physicians, CRNAs and nurses. You and your family have my deepest sympathy. We will keep you in our prayers. May the Lord lighten the burden of sorrow from your heart!

  37. Chris,so sorry , to see Johns passing! I’ll never forget all the special times in Dr. Zorub’s room! What a great person John was!! Thoughts & prayers , to you and the family at this sad time! Bev

  38. Chris, so sorry for your loss. John was always great to work with when he was assigned to ASC. He was a great guy and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family. Good bless you.

  39. Chris, Bill, Harry, Bob, and families – my deepest sympathies. I will remember John as always being synonymous with integrity. The world needs more people like him and he will be missed. May God Bless.

  40. John was a very dear friend of mine. We had many coffee And gab sessions at McDonalds I will miss him very deeply.. Also miss him at the local car shows ….RIP my friend Eddie Chiarenza

  41. Sorry for your loss John was an amazing man him and his wife Chris took care of me this past September when I had a bad anxiety attack at a conference

  42. Many, many great memories working with John at Shadyside Hospital. He was an excellent aneshetist, but also a fine man. Always pleasant, always competent, never any problems. My condolences to Chris and the whole family. Tim Janeway

  43. I would like to express my sympathy to the family of John. May God bless you and help you through this time of sorrow. I was in John’s graduating class of 1969. Prayers,

  44. I am so sorry to hear of john’s passing. John and I worked together at Aliquippa hospital and UPMC Aliquippaa. He was always pleasant and a good CRNA. I didn’t know he was ill. I hope his passing was as painless as he devoted his liife to easingpatients discomfort. May he Rest In Peace.

  45. I am so sorry for your loss. I knew John from nursing school and he was one of the nicest and kindest men I have ever known. May you have many wonderful memories of him. Psalm 34:18 “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.”

  46. Chris, Bill, and families, I was very sorry to hear of the passing of John. May the good Lord be with you all in this time and give you the strength to move forward. God Bless

  47. Bill and family, I’m sorry to see the passing of your brother. I’ve been spending considerable time away from home, so I just learned of his passing. I didn’t know your brother, but by the looks of all the condolence’s he was loved by many. Very respectfully, Harry McFarland.

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