Blair, known to many in Uniontown as "Mr. Uniontown," passed away peacefully September 2, 2019, after a short illness. He was surrounded by his loving family. Blair was born March 18, 1927, to Gordon T. Jones and Leah Blair Harrington in Uniontown. He attended Ella Peach Elementary, Ben Franklin Middle School and Uniontown Area High School. He spent his entire life in Uniontown, except for the 2.5 years he served his country in the United States Army Paratroopers during World War II, in the occupation of Germany with the 3706 Q.M. Truck Company in Berlin, Germany.
Upon being honorly discharged in 1946, he started working at Oliver #2 Coal Company for Sneed and Eberly. Approximately six months later, he was accepted on the Uniontown Police Force by former mayor Ed Sittler, as a police officer. He was sent to Pennsylvania State Police School in Hershey, graduated in 1947 and returned to the Uniontown Police Department. He started walking the streets, by Foot Patrol, both business section and residential areas. He soon became known and friendly with most he met. Blair moved up very quickly from rank to rank and filled every rank from PTLM, Cpl., Sgt., Det., Lt., Asst. Chief to Chief. He also held every position from Patrolman, Car Operator, Motocycle Patrolman, Detective and Administrator. He attended 27 police schools and received 27 certificates (two from California State Teachers College, two from West Virginia University, three from Penn State College, two from The University of Pittsburgh, one from PA State Police Academy, three from State Basic Police and Technical put on by PA Department of Public Affairs and one from The University of Pittsburgh Organizational Problems and Business Psychology).
Blair was very active in community affairs and belonged to many organizations. He was a Life Member of V.F.W. Post #51. He was a member of The Great Bethel Baptist Church and supervisor of Uniontown Civil Defense from 1947 to 1965.
Blair was preceded in death by his father, mother, one sister, three brothers, wife Rose Ann Williams Jones, great granddaughter Christy Cooper and a grandchild he raised, Thomas Blair Swaney.
He will be greatly missed by his sister, Lois Rhodes; brother Allen Jones and wife Nancy; and his six children, Lois Cooper and husband Jack of Uniontown, Bonnie Lough and husband John of Carmichaels, Nancy Santer of Uniontown, Cathy Jeffries and husband William of Uniontown, William Jones of Pittsburgh and Blair Jones Jr. of Farmington. Blair's 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, and the Uniontown community that he embraced as his family will also miss him dearly.
The family would like to thank everyone at Fayette Home Care and Hospice, especially Nurse Diane and Nurse Lisa.
Arrangements are private and under the direction of THOMAS M. DOLFI FUNERAL HOME, Uniontown. Interment will be private.