We Remember Those We Have Lost

Robert “Bob” I. Snair

OCEAN CITY – Robert I. Snair, 77, of Ocean City, beloved husband, father, and brother departed this life suddenly on Feb. 1, 2011.

He was born in Baltimore to Jennie and Robert Snair.

Bob was a veteran, having served in the United States Army, after which he graduated from the Baltimore Business College. Bob was employed with the United States Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C. and retired in 1993.

Bob and his beloved wife Carole lived in Springfield, Va. for many years and spent most of their free time commuting to their Ocean City condominium. Upon retirement they moved to Ocean City and established full-time residence.

Bob was well-known along the Ocean City Boardwalk and could be seen daily, riding his bicycle, greeting and acknowledging his many friends and acquaintances. Bob and Carole loved to travel and frequently went on cruises and tours. He was a member of the Elks, VFW, and NARFE.

Bob is survived by his wife, Carole; his son, Michael of Owings Mills; his son, Craig of Palm Desert, CA.

Services were held. Arrangements are being handled by the staff of Bounds Funeral Home. Visit www.boundsfuenralhome.com.

Edward Joseph Kisly

SALISBURY – Edward Joseph Kisly, 64, of Salisbury, died Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at the University of MD Medical Center in Baltimore. Born in Newark, NJ, he was the son of the late Edward Kisly and Ilene Balicki Kisly.

"Mr. Ed" was a US Air Force veteran during the Viet Nam conflict and was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Ocean City and the American Legion Post 11 in Frederick, MD. He worked in fast food management for 30 years for various company’s before working for Verizon as a consultant for 9 years, retiring in 2009.  He enjoyed music, playing guitar, baseball card collecting, going to the beach, gardening and photography.

He is survived by his loving wife of 15 years, "Judie" Ann Ammerman Kisly; a step daughter, Tamra King & husband, Stephen of Bishopville; 4 grandchildren, Madelynn, Katelynn, Brice and Cameron; a sister, Kathy Gentry & husband, Richard of Churchville; two nephews, Joseph & Jason; and a niece, Jessica.

Services were held at Holloway Funeral Home in Salisbury. Rev. Alex Ayers officiated. Private interment was held at the Eastern Shore Veterans Cemetery near Hurlock.

Arrangements are in the care of Holloway Funeral Home, PA, 501 Snow Hill Rd. Salisbury, Md. 21804. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.hollowayfh.com.

Barbara Giffen Swain

BALTIMORE – Barbara Giffen Swain, 57, of Roland Park in Baltimore, passed away on Feb. 4 after a brief illness.

Barbara was born in Asheville, N.C. and returned to her native state to earn an MBA/JD dual degree in 1981 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill following her graduation from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. and service as a VISTA volunteer. Barbara moved to Baltimore in 1981 to join the law firm of Whiteford, Taylor, Preston, and later moved on to spend most of professional legal career in the Office of the Maryland Attorney General, most recently serving as Principal Counsel to the State Treasurer’s Office.

Over more than a decade, Barbara participated in the family business, The Dunes Manor Hotel and Dunes Motel in Ocean City, her Ocean City ties going back many years. She is a 1971 graduate of Stephen Decatur High School in Ocean City.

It was at Chapel Hill that she met Fred Demers, her loving husband of almost 30 years. Together Barbara and Fred raised two wonderful sons, Benjamin Swain Demers and Peter Swain Demers. Barbara was a terrific mother who was immensely proud of her sons, delighted in their kindness, and cheered their accomplishments, watching them become Eagle Scouts and seeing them graduate from college.

Barbara will be remembered for her vibrant and caring personality. She was a tremendously energetic, creative, talented and intelligent woman who nurtured relationships and gave great joy to her family and friends. She held many leadership positions and contributed greatly to the success of church, charity and work communities. Barbara cherished the many close friendships she developed, serving as a role model to many, in social and professional circles. She served on the Vestry, Choir, Memorial Players and as Co-Chair for the 150th Anniversary Committee for Memorial Episcopal Church, where she was a member for nearly 30 years. Barbara served on the Board of the Women’s Law Center and was past-President of the Gilman School Parents’ Association. Barbara’s example inspires us to be joyful, forgiving, optimistic and generous.  

In addition to her husband, Fred, and sons Ben and Peter, Barbara is survived by sisters, sisters-in-law, and brothers-in-law, Jennifer and Harry Clarke of Sullivan’s Island, S.C., Patricia and Paul Dufendach of Berlin, Florence Donovan of Hinckley, Maine, Roger and Sydney Radka of Syracuse, N.Y., Robert Swain of Black Mountain, N.C., Katie Pettingill of Cordova, Alaska, and several nieces and nephews. Barbara was the daughter of Berlette Capt Swain and Robert S. Swain, and niece of Thelma and Milton Conner.

Services were held at the Church of the Redeemer, 5603 North Charles Street in Baltimore, on Thursday, Feb. 10, at 11 a.m. A service is also scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 19 at 11 a.m., at St. Paul’s by the Sea in Ocean City. She will be interred at St. Paul’s Episcopal Churchyard in Berlin.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Memorial Episcopal Church, 1409 Bolton Street, Baltimore, Md. 21217; or to The Center for Grieving Children, 555 Forest Avenue, Portland, Maine 04104.

Arrangements are in the care of the Burbage Funeral Home.