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1930-2015 Thomas F. “Tom” Leahan, age 84, of Collingdale, PA, died Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at Bryn Mawr Hospital. Tom was a 1949 graduate of Lower Merion High School and attended Penn State University. Tom was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean War and was stationed at Sampson Air Force base in Geneva, NY. Tom was the proud owner/operator of Glenwood Builders. In his later years, Tom continued working alongside his son Jeff at Westmont Beverage and then Woodlyn Cleaners and Laundromat, retiring in 2013. Tom was a member and past master of Williamson-Corinthian Masonic Lodge No. 368. Tom was an avid Philadelphia Sports fan, especially cheering on the Eagles. He was devoted to his family and was affectionately known as Pop-Pop. Pop-Pop enjoyed trips to Sea lsle City, NJ, and New England. Tom also enjoyed reunions in various locations with his lifelong Air Force buddies. Most of all, Pop-Pop cherished spending time with his family. Husband of the late Doris Mousley Leahan, who died in 2013, and brother of the late Donald G. Leahan. Survivors: 2 Sons: Thomas F. (Patricia Roth) of Media, PA and Jeffrey K. (Anne) Leahan of Edgmont, PA; Daughter: Karen J. (Bruce) Mazzella of Media, PA; 3 Grandchildren: Scott (Jamie), Jeffrey (Jenny) and Kortne; Nephew: Mark E. Leahan. Service of the Burial of the Dead: Wednesday at 11:30AM at Christ Episcopal Church, 311 S. Orange Street, Media, PA 19063. Visitation: Wednesday from 9:00-10:30AM at Minshall Shropshire-Bleyler Funeral Home, Middletown (Rte.#352) & Knowlton Rds., Middletown Twp., Media, PA 19063, where a Masonic Service will be held at 10:30AM. Interment: Mt. Zion Cemetery, Collingdale, PA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in memory of Tom, to Christ Episcopal Church, 311 S. Orange St. Media, PA 19063. Condolences: www.msbfh.com
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Bar Harbor, Maine Bruce Borsum Blake, 80, passed away on Monday June 15, 2015. He was born on September 9, 1934 in Queens, New York, the son of Winchester and Elsa (Borsum) Blake. He was married to the former Margaret Stebbins of Schenectady for 55 years prior to her passing in 2013. Bruce grew up in New York City and graduated from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan. He received a BS degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology the following year. During his summers in college, he worked for the Appalachian Mountain Club as a hutman in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. After graduating from MIT, he joined the Vertol Aircraft Company, Morton, PA. Vertol was acquired by Boeing in 1960, where he remained for the next 37 years until his retirement. He rose through the ranks at Boeing, retiring as Director of Research and Technology. Bruce worked on all of the helicopters manufactured by Boeing including the CH-46 Sea Knight, CH-47 Chinook, YUH-61A UTTAS, V-22 Osprey and RAH-66 Comanche. After his retirement he enjoyed volunteering at the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester, PA. Bruce and Margaret visited Maine many times, fell in love with the area and decided to retire to Bar Harbor permanently. He became actively involved in the community rebuilding trails and trail signs with Friends of Acadia, driving for Island Connections and supporting the Bar Harbor Congregational Church. Bruce loved hiking, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, model railroading and all aircraft. He was a wonderful father and grandfather who was very proud of his children and grandchildren. Bruce is lovingly remembered by his four children; Carolyn Blake and partner Carolyn Campbell of Ellsworth, Me, William and Valerie Blake of Xenia, OH, Nancy Blake of Windham, ME and Jennifer and Norman La Fleur of Stratham, NH; three grandchildren, Andrew and Emily Blake, and Lauren La Fleur, and extended family and friends in the Bar Harbor Maine community. He was predeceased by his loving wife Margaret. A memorial service will be held at 10AM, Friday, July 10, 2015 at the Bar Harbor Congregational Church, 29 Mt. Desert Street, Maine. Contributions in Bruce’s memory may be made to the Friends of Acadia, 43 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, ME 04609, the Appalachian Mountain Club, PO Box 16192, Hooksett, NH, 03106, or the American Helicopter Museum, 1220 American Blvd., West Chester, PA 19380. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert, ME Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com
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