Irvin Klair

Age 77 of Clayton, passed away on March 14, 2015 at the Heartland Hospice House.

Mr. Klair was born in Wilmington, the son of the late Olive Winifred (Fouracre) and Marvin Klair.  He was a retired millwright from Stauffer Chemical. 

Irv was a drag racer in the early 60’s racing at many local drag strips. He belonged to the Upper Chesapeake Water Ski Club from the mid to late 60’s and skied at over 100 mph.  Irv enjoyed riding motorcycles from 1970 to the early 90’s.  He rode in 48 states, all the provinces of Canada and many countries in Europe, putting about 500,000 miles on his bikes.  In 1956, he began body building at the YMCA and won the Mr. Wilmington and Mr. Delaware body building titles in 1964.  He continued to train at the gym into his later years.  In the mid 80’s, Irv began building custom Fords with 460 engines.  By 2011, he had completed 6 cars that were all featured in magazines with two on the covers.  He also belonged to the Delaware Camera Club, where he scored top points in competition for two consecutive years.

Irv is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Bryan and Fay Klair of Wilmington; his grandsons, Ryan and Nathan Klair and his companion of over 20 years, Marie Bowers.

Funeral services will be held at Limestone Presbyterian Church, 3201 Limestone Road on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 12 Noon.  Friends may visit at the church after 10 AM.  Burial will be private.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to Faithful Friends, 12  Germay Drive, Wilmington, DE 19804.



Submitted by Kim Sweetman on
Please accept my condolences on the passing of Irv. He was a wonderful, kind person and will be missed dearly.

Submitted by Joe Troilo on
Our condolences to the Klair family. Irv was a great club member as well as a good friend. He will be missed by each and everyone of us. May he rest in peace. Joe Troilo President Delaware Street Rods

Submitted by Colleen Reed-Kern on
We are so very sorry to hear of Mr. Klair's passing. I know he has struggled over the past two years with health issues but kept going forward. He was great friends with our father Richard Reed for many,many years from working out in the basement gym to breakfast with the guys. He will be fondly remembered and may he rest in peace. With Deepest Sympathy- The Reed Family

Submitted by Jim Heath on
Please accept condolences from the Heath family. Irv was an absolute joy to know. He did so many interesting things in his life and was an inspiration to all. He will be missed by all of us.

Submitted by Heather (Bowers... on
Irv spent over 20 years with my mom. He was always such a genuine man with a huge heart. He always helped others whether it was giving advice, sharing knowledge, donating blankets to the doggies without homes, or even buying winter coats and gloves for the less fortunate young children at my sons school. He and my mom were a great team and always took care of each other. I'm proud of her for taking such amazing care of him until the very end and I knew (although he was often confused) that he always felt safe having her by his side. Because of his "go with the flow" personality, we were able to spend all of our holidays togeather with both Irv and my dad. I hope my boys grow up to be half the man you were, Irv. I'm so sad you had to leave us. Dixie will miss her daddy tremendously too. When I last saw you, you said you were going to take me (the cute nurse I was pretending to be) on a cruise. I meant a vacation but I'm pretty sure in your mind you were talking about a car cruise! We're going to miss you, buddy. I'm sure Sparky welcomed you with open paws and lots of licks. We love you. xo ~ Heather (Bowers) Collins, Newark, Delaware

Submitted by rob ulrey on
I only met Irv once. It was at the Upper Chesapeake Ski Club 50th anniversary party in 2012. He left a big impression on me and several other current members as well. I felt we had a lot in common and I wanted to know him better but never followed up. Now that opportunity has passed but the memory and the benefit live on. Irv was one of the original members of UCSC and I believe a founder as well. All the current members are grateful for the role he played in our club and continuing to build on his legacy. He will be greatly missed. Sincerely, Rob & Laurel

Submitted by Tom Steele on
I am sorry to learn of the passing of Irv Klair, a year too late. Irv was a wonderful man and an inspiration to me and everyone he knew. He taught me much about motorcycling, knowledge I use to this day, and about the value of good nutrition and bodybuilding. I remember many workouts in his basement gym, where he tutored me in the proper way to do each exercise to maximize muscle growth. Irv was a wealth of knowledge in many areas of life, always kind and patient. He was a true role model. Rest in Peace, Mr. Irv Klair.

Submitted by yll on
To be honest, my life experience wild apricot, there is no so lucky, seen famous photographer, and their shadows published in popular magazines at home and abroad, so that hundreds of thousands of readers to enjoy. But in my heart, deep in time as wild apricot let me nostalgic, because it is natural for me one of the most selfless blessing. Always remember late autumn, the next day wild apricot mowing sheep, a wild apricot dress particularly magical. Remember the winter cold wind whistling, we sweep under the opposition almond leaf litter pick up as firewood for the winter, but no special attention over the shadows of wild apricot trees after a snow falling, which is perhaps the regret of my life, only it aftertaste atmospheric snow scene in the imagination. Now back home, and then go to the patch of wild almond groves, basically can not see, denuded hillsides riddled devastated, even the once lush forest of acacia trees have been felled over, this is really a sad sad! Thousands of miles away, in a dream I often think of that piece of wild almond groves, it is time to sink in the depths of silence stand, and I did not go back, only to have it retained in the depths of memory hard drive, do not delete forever !