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We lost from our presence, our Founder, our Mentor, our Friend. The passage above is one of Dave’s favorites. We are witnesses to the fact that he lived his entire life this way. We will truly miss him until that day!

Video of his Memorial Service can be viewed HERE. This will open a new window.

  •     David Fair

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Personal Words from Staff, Board Members and Friends of Shelter Care

Dave was a good and faithful servant

He was a giant man of character and passion for others

He has so positively impacted the community in such a great way

Dave has always been our guiding light

He was an amazing man and his legacy lives on through the work that we do every day here at Shelter Care

I am so very blessed to have known Dave

His corny jokes – I could always count on him to make me laugh

I think of his Godliness. The way he lived his life, served others, and always had wisdom or a passage of scripture to share and encourage others

Dave’s Godly character was evident to all and his reputation stellar

I have always had such respect for Dave, his actions spoke louder than words

He was especially compassionate to the young people who suffer through life’s sometimes awful trials

He led a tireless ministry in Shelter Care – through his dedication to serving children and families

What a tender and determined servant-hearted man!

I was so thankful to him for giving me a chance over 15 years ago, and for the privilege of knowing him and his heart for people

What a tremendous role model he has been to us

His wisdom, faith, and well-timed sense of humor will be missed, yet his lessons truly will live on

I am a better father, counselor, and friend because of Dave

Dave mentored me at the most critical points of my life. He is home

Dave was one of the nicest people I have ever met

Always a kind word, always asked about my family, always so gentle

** Dave is now seeing everything he believed. He is experiencing the evidence of things hoped for. He is healed and walking on streets of gold!


Obituary As Posted

David E. Fair

1936 – 2015

David E. Fair

STOW — David E. Fair, 78, went home to be with his Lord on February 18, 2015.
He was born February 24, 1936 in Akron, Ohio to Joseph and Dolly Fair. He graduated from Tallmadge High School in 1954 and went on to earn his B.S. from Wheaton College and his M.A. from The University of Akron. He also served as a captain in the U.S. Army. David served on staff at the Chapel in Akron and was the founder and director of Shelter Care, Inc. He lived a life of service to his Lord and touched the lives of many with his tender-hearted compassion, wisdom and humor. He was a role model to all that knew him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Dolly Fair; his sister, Lois Ann Fair; and his daughter, Valerie Strickler. He leaves to cherish his memory, his beloved wife of 56 years, Barbara; daughter, Donna Davis (Tom); son, Wes Fair (Pam); brothers, Arnold (Sue) and Dale; sister, Marilyn Flickinger (Dick); grandchildren, Hanna Davis, Matthew and Seth Strickler, David, Chris, and Lauren Fair; and many others who were touched by his life and ministry.
Friends are invited to Redmon Funeral Home for calling hours Sunday 12 to 3 and 6 to 9 PM. Funeral service will be Monday 11 AM in Memorial Chapel at The Chapel, 135 Fir Hill, Akron 44304, Rev. David Burnham and Rev. Knute Larson officiating. Friends may call Monday at the church from 10 AM until service time. Burial Tallmadge Cemetery.

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