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Robert J. Fairless

December 20, 1932 — March 6, 2023

Robert J. Fairless – age 90 of Canton, Ohio passed away on Monday, March 6, 2023. He was born in Canton on December 23, 1932 to the late Joseph and Mary (Morrison) Fairless.

He was a graduate of Lincoln High School (1950), Kent State University (1954) and The Ohio State School of Law (1956). Married to Betty Bachtel in 1952 with whom they recently celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary. Robert was an attorney working his entire career in the Stark County area. He worked for Republic Steel Corporation, Teledyne Monarch Rubber and finished his career with Crown Cork and Seal in Massillon (Central States Can Company). He gave selflessly his time to the community, sitting on and chairing various area service boards and organizations. He was an active member of Church of the Savior and Church of the Lakes. He most of all loved his family and especially his time with his family on Hilton Head Island where many special family memories were made. He and wife, Betty, were long-time members of Brookside Country Club. He was a beloved and faithful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He loved golf and tennis and was very opposed to inactivity. He truly led a happy and fulfilled life and he will be missed.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sister Kathleen (John) Koteff. He is survived by his daughter, Cathy (Guy) Suffecool; sons, Jeff (Lorri), and Mike (Julie); grandchildren, Christy, Jarrod, Heather, Brandon, Nicole, Michael, Abby and Stephen; several great-grandchildren.

By his request, family only services. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Robert’s name to Church of the Lakes 5944 Fulton Dr. NW Canton, OH 44718.

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