BLAKEY, III , Albert Gallatin Former judge and long-time attorney Albert Gallatin |
Blakey III, known to legions of friends and family as "Bud", died peacefully on Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at York Hospital at the age of 82. The causes of death were complications from multiple myeloma, which he battled with grace and humor for almost five years. Bud Blakey was born in York, Pennsylvania and is survived by Judith (Van Law) Loucks Blakey, his wife of over 25 years, and by his sister Julie Blakey Butler. He has five children from a prior marriage to Gretchen (Vedder) Blakey. They are Albert G. Blakey IV, Margaret S. Blakey, Daniel R. Blakey, Dr. Rachel Westerlund, and Ann D. Blakey. In addition, Bud has many grandchildren, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews of whom he was very fond. Bud graduated in 1946 from William Penn High School and in 1950 from Williams College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in his junior year. In 1953, he graduated from Yale Law School. He served in the US Army in the Legal Assistance Office based at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas. Following his honorable discharge from the army, Bud returned to York in 1955 and began his long and distinguished legal career. He worked as a lawyer until appointed as a Judge in the Court of Common Pleas in 1972. While on the Common Pleas bench, he initiated many procedural changes. He was also active in the Pennsylvania College of the Judiciary, and annually awarded his famous "Golden Crowbar" Award. He was also appointed Chair of the organization that distributed Pennsylvania's Safe Streets Grants. Bud formed his own law firm in 1980, currently known as Blakey, Yost, Bupp and Rausch. He developed specialties in mediation, where he was highly sought after for non-trial dispute resolution, and in estate planning and estate administration. Over the years, Bud became known as "a lawyer's lawyer" as he represented dozens of other lawyers. He was appointed a Special Prosecutor by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in May 2009. He was also the author of two books: "Sentencing Guidelines, A Practical Approach" and "Before and After Death, An Effective Guide to Help You Put Your Affairs in Order and Manage an Estate." Bud was active in the York County Bar Association, where he served as the long-time chairman of the Law Library Committee and the Judicial Liaison Committee. He was also chair of the commissions responsible for the construction of the new York County Prison and the new York County Courthouse. A life-long skier, Bud was a founding board member of Ski Roundtop Inc., now Snow Time, Inc. and he was an active participant in the Association of Ski Defense Attorneys. He served at various times on the boards for York Hospital, Wellspan Health, Children's Home of York, Strand Capitol, Red Cross, United Way, York Day Nursery, and The Literary Council. Bud loved the outdoors and travelled to all seven continents of the world. He was also an avid reader, who particularly loved history and discussing politics with people who would listen thoughtfully to divergent opinions.
A memorial service will be held at 11 o'clock on May 12th at the First Presbyterian Church of York. Visitation with the family will begin at 9 o'clock in the Gathering Place at the church. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial gifts to the York County Community Foundation, 20 West Market St., York. Etzweiler Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 1111 E. Market St., York is assisting the family with arrangements.
Published in Baltimore Sun on May 12, 2012