Jackie Fair, 1932-2008

Published: November 30, 2008
(Page 1 of 1)

John “Jackie” Fair, long-time bass-drummer with the Clan MacFarlane Pipe Band of St. Catharines, Ontario, died on November 12, 2008, after a protracted battle with cancer.

Fair was a founding member of Clan MacFarlane in the 1950s, after a contingent of members of the Shotts & Dykehead Caledonia Pipe Band emigrated from Scotland to Canada to play with the St. Catharine Pipe Band.

He was born in the drumming stronghold of Newmains, Scotland, and played in local Boys Brigade bands before joining Shotts as a tenor drummer.

Jackie Fair left Scotland in 1952 after Shotts won the World Pipe Band Championship. He was joined by John and Jim Kirkwood, Tom Weir, John Stevenson and Alex Sneddon. Fair was a member of Clan MacFarlane for 21 years.

Shotts drummers Jackie Fair, John and Jim Kirkwood, Tom Weir, John Stevenson and Alex Sneddon in 1952 before leaving for Canada.  

Fair is survived by his wife, Helen, whom he was married to for 52 years; his sister Etta; his four children Eleanor, Jimmy, David and Steven; and nine grandchildren.

We extend our sympathies to Jackie Fair’s friends and family at this sad time.

VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0.0/5
VN:R_U [1.9.22_1171]
Rating: 0
  1. JimKilpatrick

    I am saddened with the news of the passing of another Shotts drummer, Jackie Fair. My thoughts go out to his wife Helen and the family at this sad time. Jim Kilpatrick

  2. hosbilt@bmts.com

    Jackie Fair led the way through his generation of bass drummers. His work in the Clan was Road Brushing” for the evolution of bass drumming to date. RIP Jackie Craig J. Colquhoun”

RELATED ARTICLES
    UPCOMING EVENTS April 19, 2014Toronto Indoor GamesMoss Park Armoury, 130 Queen St. East Toronto, Can

    April 25, 2014The Midlothian Scottish Pipe Band Spring ConcertThe Brauer House. 1000 N Rohlwing Road - Lombard, IL 60148

    April 26, 2014North of Scotland Mini BandsGordon Schools, Huntly, Aberdeenshire

    April 26, 20142014 Atlantic Canada Piobaireachd ChallengeSummerside, PE

    April 26, 2014Atlantic Canada Piobaireachd ChallengeThe College of Piping, Summerside, PEI

    TIP OF THE DAY
    Pipers: Chanter reed a bit too hard? Try a dental rubber band to create a bridle for your pipe chanter reed. This can also sharpen the pitch without putting the reed too far down the reed seat.
    Donald MacPhee, reedmaker, Alexandria, Scotland