John R. Bland, salesman

John Randolph Bland, a retired salesman, died Oct. 5 of diabetes complications at Dulaney Valley Assisted Living. The Cockeysville resident was 70.

Born in Baltimore and raised in Catonsville, he was the great-grandson of John R. Bland, the founder of United States Fidelity & Guaranty Co. He attended Gilman School and was a 1960 graduate of St. Paul's School for Boys, where he played lacrosse and football. He served in the Air Force as a medic and was stationed in Birmingham, Ala.

A salesman, he sold calculators and frozen meat products at Dutterers of Manchester. He also worked in car sales and at the Bedding Barn.

He enjoyed the outdoors and as a young man hunted squirrel, quail, rabbit and pheasant. He also caught marlin, tuna, flounder and mackerel from charter boats out of Indian River Inlet in Delaware.

He enjoyed the history of World War II submarines. Family members said he was a good teller of stories and jokes. He followed the University of Alabama football team and loved cooking seafood.

Services are private.

Survivors include two sons, Christopher Paul Bland of Forest Hill and John Bland of Livingston, Mont.; a brother, Richard H. Bland III of Marlton, N.J.; his companion of 20 years, Mae Dutton of Cockeysville; and two grandsons. His marriage to Mary Jeanne Ermatinger ended in divorce.

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