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GEORGE S. BLOME, JR. who was called Geo by family and friends, died in his sleep in Sarasota, FL on November 27, 2006. A native of Baltimore, MD, Geo graduated from Polytechnic High School in 1941, where he played Varsity Lacross and was a swimmer. Before graduating from Johns Hopkins in 1947, Geo enlisted in WWII Navy Program at Cornell U. He spent 18 months on minesweepers in Japan. Recalled to active duty in the Korean War was Lt. Commander-Naval Reserve, Geo worked for the Supervisor of Shipbuilding in NYC and Baltimore. He married Joan Shanahan in Baltimore in 1949. They had five children and a colorful, happy life together. Joan, whose nickname was Smoke, died three years ago. Geo began his career at Armco Steel in Baltimore. He then moved to Westinghouse, where he supervised metal fabrication and developed new processes for mounting components to circuit boards. At Gorham Corporation in Rhode Island, Geo headed the Bronze Division. Brush Beryllium hired Geo as VP of Manufacturing in Cleveland and Toledo OH. He worked on the Minuteman Missile for the US Defense Dept. and fabricating of beryillium products. He also headed Labor Relations. Geo served on various boards, including the Lions and Rotary and had a teen center built in his community. Always the competitive athlete, Geo raced in sailboat regattas in the US and Bermuda. He loved running and biking and golf and horseback riding. He loved to take his family on long trail rides. Geo and Smoke spent their early retirement years sailing the Caribbean in a 41' sailboat before moving to Florida. They spent their summers in Gibson Island, MD, living on their boat, "Seasmoke". They loved bluegrass music, crabcakes, and having parties with their kids and friends. They knew how to have a grand old time! Geo was a wonderful husband and father and friend. He will be missed! He is survived by four children: Jib Browning and Sander Blome of Sarasota, Jennifer Blome of St. Louis, Dr. Randy Blome of Gresham, Oregon and three grandchildren, Grant and Taylor Browning and Nate Blome. Donations may be sent to St. Margaret's of Scotland Episcopal Church, 8700 State Road 72, Sarasota, FL or St. Christopher's by the Sea Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 616, Gibson Island, MD 21056. A memorial service will be held Tuesday, December 12 at 4:30 p.m. at St. Margaret's of Scotland Episcopal Church. In the summer of 2007, a memorial service will be held on Gibson Island.

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