Little League® International mourns the passing of Richard H. “Dick” Confair, an original member of the Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball® Scholarship Committee. He was 84.
Since 1994, Little League® International has honored the memory of its founder through the Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball® Scholarship. For the past 22 years, the Stotz Scholarship has recognized high school seniors from Lycoming County, (Pa.) school districts, who excel in academics and citizenship. Mr. Confair, a prominent local business man and long-time supporter of Little League, was among those who served on the first selection committee.
Mr. Confair graduated from Williamsport High School in 1949, and Dartmouth College in 1953. He later attended Army Language School in Monterey, Calif., and soon after moved to Stuttgart, Germany, where he served in the Counter Intelligence Corp of the U.S. Army.
After returning to the United States, he entered the private sector by joining the Confair family’s soft drink business then based in Elmira, N.Y. In 1969, as President and proprietor of the company, he moved Confair Bottling Company and Cenpro to Williamsport, Pa. After 32 years, Mr. Confair sold the businesses to Pepsi Bottling Works.
Mr. Confair also served on several civic and corporate boards, including Northern Central Bank (chairman), Williamsport Hospital, Williamsport Foundation, YMCA Williamsport, Lycoming County United Way, Rotary Club, West Branch Manufacturers Association (executive committee), and the Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce (executive committee).
Mr. Confair is survived by his wife of 61 years, Diane; sons, Craig, Steve and Dave; daughters, Becky and Megan; and 14 grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball Scholarship (539 U.S. Route 15 Highway, P.O. Box 3485, Williamsport, PA 17701-0485, Attn: Carl Stotz Scholarship).