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
Published by Florida Times-Union from Jan. 2 to Jan. 3, 2009.