Frederick Henry Blum, Jr.

  • Born: December 30, 1919
  • Died: July 10, 2011
  • Location: Savannah, Georgia

Tribute & Message From The Family

Fredrick H. Blum, Jr., 91, died Sunday, July 10. He was born in Dumont, NJ. to Lilla F. White and Frederick H. Blum, Sr. He received an associate degree from Bergen Junior College and received a certificate from the Casey Jones School of Aeronautics (now Vaughn College of Aeronautics & Technology). He served in the Marine Corps during World War II and was stationed in a radar unit outside of Beijing, China. Benefiting from the GI bill, he graduated from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut with a degree in math. Mr. Blum taught math for four years at East Rome HS, GA, where he also coached basketball. While there, he was elected "Groovy Teacher of the Year" and "Citizen of the Year." Mr. Blum worked as an aerospace engineer in hydraulics and mechanical systems for most of his life. He was employed by Chance Vought [working on the Corsair fighter}, Sikorsky [working on many ships including the "Jolly Green Giant"], Vertol-Boeing [Chinook and Sea Knight], Lockheed [C-5] and Gulfstream [G2 through G5]. He retired from Gulfstream in 1998 at the age of 78. At the age of 65, he began karate training with the West Savannah Karate Club of the Amateur Athletic Union. He supported the West Savannah Karate Club in karate instruction, held at the St. Anthony (later Resurrection of Our Lord) parish hall, and in competition for youth and adults. When he was 72, he became a black belt. He was the oldest black belt karate competitor in the Amateur Athletic Union and received many awards at state, regional and national levels. The Richmond Times-Dispatch covered his karate accomplishments in an article titled, "Still kicking at 80." He continued to compete in kata and kobudo until he was 87. Mr. Blum served as an usher and as a council member at St. Anthony's Catholic Church. He was a member of the Holy Name Society. He belonged to the Gulfstream Management Association and to the Gulfstream Retiree Club. His parents, his only sister Dorothy B. Williams and nephew Kevin Williams preceded him in death. He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years Helen Orzechowski Blum, daughter Katherine Russell, and David Russell (son-in-law); nephews and nieces: Randall Williams and Valerie, Steven Williams and Suzanne, and niece Joan Williams; great nephews and nieces: Aren Williams (and Alexa), Kristina (and Shay) Harold, Summer (and Cristian) Escalante and Andersen Williams; Kendra (and Sam) Henry and Autumn (and John) Miall; 3 great-great nieces and 3 great-great nephews; his God-daughter Theresa Kay Reese Fisher; confirmees Linhson Do and Tiaria Daniels. A funeral mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church on July 18 at 11 AM. There will be visiting hours at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17 from 4 PM to 6 PM; Rosary Sunday at 6 PM. Entombment will follow in Hillcrest Abbey Memorial Park Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers please donate to "Savannah State University," [for: Annual Fund]; send to: SSU, Box 20439, Savannah, GA 31404. Please sign our online guestbook at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Islands Chapel

Condolence & Memory Journal

Dearest Family,

I'm truly sorry that I didn't call sooner. I had no idea Mr.Blum had passed away. He was a masterpiece to all the people that he interacted with. He left an impression that water could not wash away. I shall never forget him.

May the Good Lord Be with you always.

Sandy M. Blue

Posted by Sandra Blue - Brunswick, GA - Friend   December 24, 2012

Dear Mrs. Helen and Ms. Katherine, we are so sorry for the loss of Mr. Fred. He was such a sweet and wonderful person always so kind. We are so sorry he passed away. May God bless you both and comfort you both during this time of sadness. You are both in our prayers. God bless you both. Much love always, Marie, Denise, & Tony

Posted by Marie, Denise and Tony - Savannah, GA   July 18, 2011

Our thoughts and prayers are with your in your time of loss.

Posted by Bill & Darlene Lewis - Bloomingdale, GA   July 18, 2011

My heart goes out to you and your Mom. May your memories bring the feelings of love and joy to have known and shared a life with such a special human being. Peace be with you as you journey on. Love, Noel Szychowski

Posted by Noel Szychowski - Savannah, GA   July 17, 2011

Uncle Bud was an important part of my family and very well loved. It meant so much to me and to all my children for him, Aunt Helen and Kathie to attend many major and minor life events--baptisms, confirmations, graduations, dance recitals, weddings, the beach, the fort, dinners, holidays, etc. What great memories we have to treasure. It was certainly a privilege to share these experiences with him. He will be greatly missed. Our condolences to Aunt Helen and Kathie. Much love from Joanie

Posted by Joan Williams - Orlando, FL   July 16, 2011

Mr.Blum and the Blum family have been there for many important events in my life. Not only for my confirmation. My first Communion, Confirmation and High School Graduation to name a few and many others.I know that Mr.Blum has been a great influence in molding me to be the individual that I am today. He will truly be missed. The Blum family remains in my thoughts and prayers. I am deeply thankful to have known such a wonderful person. Sincerely With Love, Tiaria Daniels

Posted by Tiaria Daniels - Savannah, GA   July 15, 2011

I would like to express my deepest condolences for the Blums. I would also like to thank the Blums for all of which they have done for me and my family throughout the years. The Blums took me on my first trip to Texas where I participated in my first Karate Torment (AAU). Mr. Blum, aka “Dad” gave me encouraging words to go out there and do my best. Also, I have grand memories of attending Gulfstream Picnics with the Blum’s over the years . Cordially, Kayla Daniels

Posted by Kayla Daniels - Savannah, GA   July 15, 2011

"For if we believe that Jesus died and rose, so too will God, through Jesus, bring with him those who have fallen asleep."- I Thessalonians 4:14, NAB Ms. Kathy and Mrs. Blum, The entire Alick/Brown family mourn with you in the loss of Mr. Blum. He was a great and patient man and he will be missed. Call on us if you need anything. Our prayers are with you.

Posted by Alejandro Alick III - Savannah, GA   July 15, 2011

My condolences,

Posted by Abbas Tabar - Savannah, GA   July 14, 2011

Helen and family, I appreciate all of the support you and Fred gave to our management association. He will be missed. My prayers are with you and your family.

Posted by Debra Russell - Savannah, GA   July 14, 2011

Helen, I have such happy memories of Fred during our years together at East Rome HS. I have thought of the two of you so often. My thoughts are with you and your family. Anne Culpepper

Posted by Anne Culpepper - Rome, GA   July 14, 2011

My condolences to Helen and her family. Fred was one of the nicest gentleman I ever knew and the epitome of "The Greatest Generation". I truly cherished his friendship.

Posted by Jim Lorenz - Bluffton, SC   July 14, 2011

Katherine and Mrs. Blum, I cherish the fond memories I have with Mr. Blum. Karate was the thread that connected us all. Many hot summers, we would spend time at St. Anthony's hall practicing katas and bo forms. Mr. Blum was always skilled with a bo. Our road trips to state and regional tournaments were always an adventure. My fondest memory was when Mr. Blum stood behind me at my confirmation. I was so nervous about the Holy Spirit, but his gentle and strong hands calmed me. I will miss him greatly. With all our love and prayers, Linhson, Quyen, Linh, and Tuyet

Posted by Linhson Do - Albuquerque, NM   July 13, 2011