BLUME, Herbert Leonard passed away in Clearwater, on June 22, 2013. He was 99 years old. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Ruth, who was devoted to him until his last breath; three sons, Richard, Lawrence and Michael; and his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Judge Blume was born in New York City in 1913. His parents came to the U.S. as infants from Belarus. His father, Michael Blume, was a plumber. His mother, Miriam, was an inspiration to Judge Blume's pursuit of lifetime learning. He attended public schools in New York and then New York University for his undergraduate degree and St. Johns University School of Law. Before entering private practice as an attorney in Miami, he worked as a prison guard and a professional musician. After many years in Miami, he worked for several years as a trial attorney with the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, D.C., and then had a long career until 1986 as a U.S. Administrative Law Judge in Atlanta and San Francisco with the Social Security Administration. All three sons became attorneys. Michael & grandson David Blume, following in Herbert's footsteps, are also Social Security ALJs in California. After retiring in 1982, Judge Blume moved to Clearwater, where he served as an arbitrator with NASD and NYSE until age 89. He also did volunteer work with charitable organizations such as Neighborly Senior Services. He loved reading and also was enthusiastic about fitness. Until age 89, he walked 4 miles per day and played golf 3 days per week. Even at 91, he continued to golf and did calisthenics every day, including 20 push-ups. He will be remembered for his devotion to his family, justice and the law, his love of others, his keen wit and his storytelling. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Suncoast Hospice of Clearwater. A memorial service will be held on Aug. 24th, 11 am in the Town Hall at Regency Oaks in Clearwater.
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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on July 7, 2013