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Samuel S. Blackmore, Jr.

September 29, 1927 ~ May 15, 2018 (age 90)

Samuel S. Blackmore Jr. aged 90 of West Chester, PA went to be with his Lord on May 15, 2018.

Sam was born in Niagara Falls, New York on September 29, 1927 to Samuel and Marion.

He lived most of his adult life in suburban Milwaukee, Cleveland and Philadelphia. He was a 1945 graduate of La Salle high school in Niagara Falls and graduated from Purdue University in 1950 with a BS degree in mechanical engineering.

He served in the US Army in Korea.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 14 years, Joan; daughters Beth (Joe) Dailey of Poway, CA; Susan Blackmore of Phoenixville, PA; son Bill (Sue) Blackmore of Pewaukee, WI; Step daughters Maureen (Joe) Cassel of Mechanicsburg, PA; Sharon (Jim) Yates of Spring City, PA; Linda (Randy) Paulson of Charlotte, NC;  Barbara (Kevin) Rodenberger of Landsdale, PA, three grandchildren: Laura (Brian) King, Brian Blackmore and Kevin Blackmore; seven step grandchildren; three great grandchildren and one step great grandchild.

He was preceded in death by his former wife Betty Blackmore, the mother of his children; brother Richard Blackmore and parents Samuel and Marion.

He spent most of his business career in the electronics industry. Early in his career he focused on sales, marketing and business development at Cutler Hammer Incorporated. The last 10 years of his 29-year career at Cutler Hammer was spent in various senior executive positions responsible for global operations. He became president of the industrial group for Eaton Corporation after Eaton acquired Cutler Hammer in 1979. He was president and COO of Fischer and Porter Co. and completed his career in a business-consulting role.

An avid golfer, he was a member of Aronimink Golf Club in Newtown Square, PA as well as previously held memberships at five golf clubs in Cleveland and one in Milwaukee. He was a former member of the Union League and since 1990 was a volunteer executive helping local non- profit organizations. He also spent a year living in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia starting in 1992 as a volunteer working with entrepreneurs and large state owned industries interested in learning the skills necessary to thrive in a global marketplace. While there he assisted teachers from the computer school to implement the Junior Achievement Program.

In 1993, he was recognized by Purdue University as the outstanding mechanical engineer and in 1995 was honored by the engineering leadership class at Penn State University. He served on the board of governors of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association and the Instrument Society of America.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at First Presbyterian Church of West Chester, 130 W. Miner Street, West Chester, PA 19382. Visitation begins at 10:00 AM followed by services at 11:00 AM. 

Interment will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be made in his memory to: First Presbyterian Church of West Chester at the above address or Philadelphia Orchestra, One South Broad St. 14th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or Neighborhood Health Hospice, 400 E. Marshall St. West Chester, PA 19380.  

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