Legendary Wirral photographer dies aged 95

Wirral Globe: Jack Fair, pictured (right) with his twin brother Bill, has died at the age of 95. Jack Fair, pictured (right) with his twin brother Bill, has died at the age of 95.

TRIBUTES have been paid to a Wirral pensioner who spent his working life behind the lens and helped budding photographers for more than 50 years.

Local businessman Jack Fair – who, along with twin brother Bill, opened Birkenhead’s Fairs Cameras in 1945 – died on March 9 at Birch Tree Manor care home, Port Sunlight.

“It was just old age,” said daughter Judith Robinson, 57.

“He said he had had enough and wanted to go and as always, he got his own way.”

Born in Tranmere in 1914, Jack is survived by daughter Judith, twin brother Bill and grandchildren Daniel and Kate.

At 21, the brothers joined the RAF and served together through the war as reconnaissance photographers in Egypt and Greece.

When they returned, Bill formed the Birkenhead-based Fairs Cameras, which was originally a portrait studio, and when Jack returned from a sixth-month stint in Canada, he too joined the family business.

Despite selling the business a few years ago, Fairs Cameras lives on in Old Chester Road.

After marrying wife Muriel – who died three years ago, Jack had two children, Judith and Graham.

Mrs Robinson said: “Dad had a lot of friends, both here and abroad – friends all over the world really.

“He was very generous and he gave a lot of time and money to people. He was very handy and loved his woodwork and making things, and of course his photography.

“He wrote for Wirral Champion Magazine for years and they even brought a book out about their experiences called Jack and Bill’s War – they went through everything together.”

As well as his love for photography and woodwork, Jack was also a keen dancer and would often visit Hulme Hall with Bill.

His funeral was held at Landican Cemetery on March 17.

Leave your tributes to Jack below.

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

5:51pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Anna Paps says...

My Dad was in 11 Squadron in Greece with Bill and Jack and I think there is a photo of him in their book. It is always difficult when a parent and grandparent dies so you will need time. However if you ever want to find out more about that time in Greece I might be able to help (lakispap(AT)hotmail
.com).

There are so few photos or records of that period because of the sudden evacuation from Larissa in mid-April 1941 as the Germans invaded Greece, so any that may have survived are quite precious.

Please accept my kind regards and condolences

Ann Papageorgiou
(Stockport)
My Dad was in 11 Squadron in Greece with Bill and Jack and I think there is a photo of him in their book. It is always difficult when a parent and grandparent dies so you will need time. However if you ever want to find out more about that time in Greece I might be able to help (lakispap(AT)hotmail .com). There are so few photos or records of that period because of the sudden evacuation from Larissa in mid-April 1941 as the Germans invaded Greece, so any that may have survived are quite precious. Please accept my kind regards and condolences Ann Papageorgiou (Stockport) Anna Paps
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree