By Deborah Carl
Converted Biker and Casino Exec Bruce Blair Dead at 52
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -- Bruce Alexander Blair, who once traveled with
Hell's Angels in California, decided that wasn't the life for him and
moved to Las Vegas. Bruce passed away May 24 and will be missed by
his wife and step-children, who considered him their father and
prefer to be called his sons and daughters.
Bruce was born June 24, 1949 in Oakland, California and moved to
Vegas in the late 1970s. There he met Tamara Whaley, mother of seven,
and developed a close relationship with her children during the 10
years before they married. Tamara and her children are members of The
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and last year Bruce was
baptized. He worked as a shift boss at various casinos until he was
diagnosed with cancer. Bruces cancer was attributed to work he did
with asbestos while living in California.
While being an intimidating muscular 6 feet 4 inches, Bruce was fair
with his employees and his children loved their family vacations and
camping trips. Bruce had a lifelong love of motorcycles, and while he
gave up his desire to join Hell's Angels, he continued to ride his
Harley-Davidson with fellow tough, but law-abiding, bikers.
Longtime casino executive, motorcyclist Blair dies at 51
Las Vegas NV Sun 30May01 P2
By Ed Koch: Las Vegas Sun