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John Richard ‘Rick’ Phair

NORTH CANAAN — John Richard “Rick” Phair, 64, died peacefully at home on Feb. 10, 2012. Rick was born in North Canaan on May 18, 1947, and was a longtime resident of Manchester, Conn. Rick attended The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville and Drew University in Madison, N.J., where he studied botany. He spent most of his career in computer programming roles and especially enjoyed his time teaching computing classes at Computer Processing Institute. An avid sports fan, Rick rarely missed a Red Sox or UConn game. He followed auto racing closely and rooted for the New York Giants. Rick always completed his daily crossword puzzle and was a loyal Jeopardy enthusiast and dedicated photographer. He loved traveling to Cape Cod, and often spoke fondly of the trip he took to Hawaii on his 35th wedding anniversary.Rick is survived by Sandi Phair, his beloved wife of more than 37 years; his children, Jonathan and Cheryl Phair of Stamford, Conn., and Brian and Sarah Phair of Waltham, Mass.; and his father, Dick Phair of North Canaan. He was predeceased by his mother, Mary Phair; and his aunt, Margaret Morgan.Shiva services will be held at the family home Wednesday, Feb. 15 and Thursday, Feb. 16 at 7:15 p.m. Arrangements are under the care of John F. Tierney Funeral Home in Manchester.

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