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TOWNSEND — Richard D. Belair, 77, a longtime Townsend resident, died Sunday, Sept. 13 at the Nashoba Valley Medical Center, Ayer after a 50-year battle with Multiple Sclerosis.

He was born in Ayer, May 13, 1932, the son of Wilfred and Lilla (Taylor) Belair and was a 1950 graduate of Groton High School. He continued his education at Boston Lineotype School and later, Fitchburg State College.

He is survived by two sons and a daughter in law, David P. Belair of Chelmsford, Dana and Christine Belair of Townsend; his sister and brother in law, Lorraine and Raul Quesada of Townsend; his former wife and dear friends, Barbara and John Lamkin of Townsend; his aunt, Liz Welch of Homosassa, Fla. He also leaves several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Belair had worked at the Leominster Enterprise Newspaper and the Doehla Greeting Card Company in Nashua, N.H.

During the Korean Conflict, Mr. Belair served his country in the United States Army Corps of Engineers until his discharge with the rank of sergeant.

He was a Life Member of the Townsend VFW Post 6538. He was also a member of the Disabled American Veterans of America as well as the Caleb Butler Lodge of Masons in Ayer. Before becoming disabled, he enjoyed hunting and fishing and was instrumental in the formation of the Squanacook Sportsman’s Club in West Groton. He was a very devoted family man.

Mr. Belair’s family will receive family and friends at a memorial visitation from 10 a.m. to noon this Saturday, Sept. 19 at the T. J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 250 Main St., Townsend Center. Burial with military honors will follow at Hillside Cemetery, Townsend.