In memory of
Frederick Henry Blum Jr.
Fredrick H. Blum, Jr., 91, died Sunday, July 10. He was born in Dumont, NJ. to Lilla F. White and Frederick H. Blum, Sr. He received an associate degree from Bergen Junior College and received a certificate from the Casey Jones School of Aeronautics (now Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology). He served in the Marine Corps during World War II and was stationed in a radar unit outside of Beijing, China. Benefiting from the GI bill, he graduated from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut with a degree in math. Mr. Blum taught math for four years at East Rome HS, GA, where he also coached basketball. While there, he was elected "Groovy Teacher of the Year" and "Citizen of the Year." Mr. Blum worked as an aerospace engineer in hydraulics and mechanical systems for most of his life. He was employed by Chance Vought [working on the Corsair fighter}, Sikorsky [working on many ships including the "Jolly Green Giant"], Vertol-Boeing [Chinook and Sea Knight], Lockheed [C-5] and Gulfstream [G2 through G5]. He retired from Gulfstream in 1998 at the age of 78. At the age of 65, he began karate training with the West Savannah Karate Club of the Amateur Athletic Union. He supported the West Savannah Karate Club in karate instruction, held at the St. Anthony (later Resurrection of Our Lord) parish hall, and in competition for youth and adults. When he was 72, he became a black belt. He was the oldest black belt karate competitor in the Amateur Athletic Union and received many awards at state, regional and national levels. The Richmond Times-Dispatch covered his karate accomplishments in an article titled, "Still kicking at 80." He continued to compete in kata and kobudo until he was 87. Mr. Blum served as an usher and as a council member at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. He was a member of the Holy Name Society. He belonged to the Gulfstream Management Association and to the Gulfstream Retiree Club. His parents, his only sister Dorothy B. Williams and nephew Kevin Williams preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Helen Orzechowski Blum, daughter Katherine Russell, and David Russell (son-in-law); nephews and nieces: Randall Williams and Valerie, Steven Williams and Suzanne, and niece Joan Williams; great nephews and nieces: Aren Williams (and Alexa), Kristina (and Shay) Harold, Summer (and Cristian) Escalante and Andersen Williams; Kendra (and Sam) Henry and Autumn (and John) Miall; 3 great-great nieces and 3 great-great nephews; his God-daughter Theresa Kay Reese Fisher; confirmees Linhson Do and Tiaria Daniels. A funeral mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church on July 18 at 11 AM. There will be visiting hours at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17 from 4 PM to 6 PM; Rosary Sunday at 6 PM. Entombment will follow in Hillcrest Abbey Memorial Park Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers please donate to "Savannah State University," [for: Annual Fund]; send to: SSU, Box 20439, Savannah, GA 31404. Please sign our online guestbook at www.foxandweeks.com Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel
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