Navy veteran and longtime union member and advocate James Allen Baldridge died Dec. 20 of lung cancer at his Govans home. He was 71.
Mr. Baldridge was born in Hastings, Neb., the son of Mary E. West and Joseph R. Baldridge. The family moved to Ohio in 1951.
Mr. Baldridge attended Mentor High School in Mentor, Ohio, where he played second clarinet in a 120-piece band, and was active in the Boy Scouts, attaining the rank of Eagle Scout. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio, for a year, where he sang in the men’s glee club and was on the wrestling team.
He joined the Navy in 1965 and did his basic training at the Great Lakes Naval Center. He attended...