Robert Power Mairs, Age 91
June 9, 1927 – May 15, 2019
Robert Power Mairs passed away on May 15, 2019 after a brief illness. He is survived by wife Helen, daughters Heide, Elizabeth, Julia, son Rob (Aimee), grandsons Joe and Will, sister Louise (Teedie) Frankenbach, brother in law George W. Gephart, sister in law Doris (Topsy) Preus and numerous nieces and nephews. Preceded in death by his parents, Robert Ellsworth Power, Louise Ritchie Mairs and George A. Mairs, Jr., four siblings and his beloved grandson Charles (Chip) Slater. Born in St. Paul on June 9, 1927, Bob lost his father at an early age. A few years later his mother, with two young children, united the Power family with the widowed, George A. Mairs, Jr. and his four children. This was a wonderful marriage that forged strong, lifelong bonds among the six brothers and sisters. Educated at St. Paul Academy, Yale University and the University of Minnesota, Bob served his country as a naval hospital corpsman near the end of World War II. Upon graduation from the University of Minnesota in 1950, Bob began his career with the St. Paul Fire and Marine Insurance Company (currently Travelers, Inc.) where he served in many different roles over his 40 year career. Upon retirement, Bob was able to devote more of his energies to the causes and interests closest to his heart. In addition to honing his tennis game, he became involved with many organizations that have had a meaningful impact on his life including House of Hope Presbyterian Church, Great Decisions, Minnesota Land Trust, Mindstretch, Dodge Nature Center, and Compatible Technology. Bob was an outdoorsman. From his lifelong love of Lake Superior’s North Shore and Encampment Forest Association, to hunting grouse and pheasant, fly fishing on the Brule River, and wood cutting in Marine on St. Croix, Bob was at home in nature. Bob had a positive impact on all of those with whom he came in contact. From his close knit family, to his cousins, his extended family at EFA, his SPA classmates, and co-workers, Bob developed and maintained strong relationships lasting his lifetime. Known as Bob, Bobby or Uncle Bobby, he was loved by many throughout his long and full life. He was mentally and physically active until his last days and he would not have wanted it any other way. We wish to thank the excellent caregivers from St. Joseph’s Hospital, Episcopal Church Home and HealthEast Hospice who took care of him in his final days. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, June 8 2019 at 1:00pm at the House of Hope Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. Memorials preferred to the Minnesota Land Trust Encampment River Area Conservation Fund, Dodge Nature Center, or St. Paul Academy.