Gordon W. "Gordo" Blackmer
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BLACKMER Gordon W. ("Gordo") Blackmer, 91, passed away January 1st, 2009 after a short illness. Gordo was born August 21, 1917 in Newton, MA. He was educated in Malden, MA public schools and attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Always an avid photographer, Gordo served in World War II with the U.S. Army Air Corps Strategic Bombing Survey in England, Germany and Nagasaki, Japan. Following the war he worked with a number of photographic retail stores, serving locally as Vice President of Brandons, Inc, a camera and audiovisual supply store, for 40 years until his retirement in 1996. He also held various positions of leadership with the international Photo Marketing Association, including President of the Florida Division in 1995. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Janet C. Blackmer; two sons, Edward M. (Gwen) Blackmer of Winston-Salem, NC and Gregory W. Blackmer of Neptune Beach, FL; two daughters Nancy C. Blackmer of Port Townsend, WA and Ginger R. (Paul - his buddy) Jacobs of St Augustine, FL, five grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. In recent years Gordo compiled an extensive family tree using online genealogy programs. He loved his orchids, the Red Sox, the Blue Angels, but mostly loved a good time with his beloved wife, family and friends. A warm, wonderful and generous man, he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Private family graveside services will be held Saturday, January 3rd, at Mandarin Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations can be made to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida. Arrangements made by HARDAGE-GIDDENS Funeral Home, Mandarin Chapel, 11801 San Jose Blvd., Jacksonville, Fl 32223. Please Sign the Guestbook @ Jacksonville.com

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Published in Florida Times-Union from Jan. 2 to Jan. 3, 2009.
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January 31, 2009
I heard a little girl in the grocery store today say Dadddy, Daddy, Daddy and it reminded me that I wanted to say thanks to all who remembered my very special Daddy. He will always remain close to my heart. There are a few things he treasured and shared with me that I would like to pass along. For Father's Day in 1999, Ben Coleman reflected on words of wisdom for his daughter. They were enjoy life, value what you have, be willing to help people and be respectful of others. I also found a card that Daddy had been saving for years and one line said it all. I've always been your little girl - walking next to you, holding your hand, listening to your advice, and sharing with you the joys of life.
Ginger
January 11, 2009
We didn't know you really good,but the little we did you were a very special and kind person.I have never seen more beautiful orchards than what you grew. You will be deeply missed by many . Marty & Carol
Marty @ Carol Bordwick
January 11, 2009
Ginger and Paul,
So sorry for your loss. It sounds like your dad was a really wonderful man.
Jessica Thumser
Jessie Thumser
January 7, 2009
Ginger and Paul,We know this is a tough time right now but from your loving stories you told us of Gordo in the past, you will get beyond the sadness and remember all the beautiful memories again. Our condalences to you family. Much love to you, John, Beverly, Hayley, and Veronica.
John Jacobs
January 5, 2009
Janet and all the family, John and I are thinking of you, remembering the many adventures we shared and your hospitality. Gordo was one of a kind. With our love,
John and Anne Perry
January 5, 2009
Ginger/Paul and all the Blackmer family.Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time
SJCUDPV
January 3, 2009
I never met Mr. Gordo, but hearing stories from son Greg I know he was a wonderful man who loved his family. I know you all will miss him, you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Michelle Williams
January 3, 2009
I will miss you Gordo. I always loved your goofy sense of humor, your amazing photos and your stories. I will never forget at our last visit, when we asked you what wisdom you would like to pass on to future generations you said, "take lots of pictures...and marry a great gal". Well, you did. Good Journeys Gordo. Love Alicia, Nick and Lilliana.
Alicia Allard
January 3, 2009
It was my honor to have know Gordon during the time that I spent in Jacksonville.

My deepest sympathy goes out to his family, I know he will be missed.
Herb Gold
January 3, 2009
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family. Gorgo's son Greg and I work together and we often shared stories of our parents. He will truly be missed.
Jeanne Ramsey
January 3, 2009
Dear Janet & other family members:

Please accept our heartfelt sympathy in the loss of a mighty fine man. We shall always treasure the years we were privileged to have you as our neighbors in Cunningham Creek.

May God comfort you as only He can.

Love,

Jimmy & Margie Rogers
Jimmy Rogers
January 3, 2009
He will always be "Cute Daddy" to me - a very special man with a special place in my heart. He will be missed.
Lella Ganderup
January 2, 2009
So sorry to hear of the loss of Gordon. He was a good man. I checked on him occasionally while he was in the hospital, Greg. I didn't see you around unfortunately. My best to you and the family.
Andrea Ashmead
January 2, 2009
We are very sorry for your loss. Prayers from the Feinglass family, Neil, and Adam.
Neil Feinglass
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