Services for J. Dallas Blades, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of a canned vegetable brokerage in Preston, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Union United Methodist Church in Federalsburg.
The Preston resident, who was 84, died Monday at the Johns Hopkins Hospital after an aortic aneurysm burst while he was visiting his wife, a surgical patient there.
He began his association with A. W. Sisk and Son in 1935 and became a partner in 1946. Twenty years later he was named president of the company. About five years ago, he was named chairman and CEO. The company buys canned goods and resells them under various labels, including Pride of the Farm, Red Glow and Pine Cone.
A native of Bethlehem in Caroline County, Mr. Blades was a 1924 graduate of the Preston High School. He studied engineering and worked as an automobile and insurance salesman for a time.
Mr. Blades was a member of the Mid-Atlantic Food Processors Association for 55 years.
He served on the boards of the Caroline County Library and Memorial Hospital in Easton. A founder of the Caroline Country Club, he belonged to the Old Guard Society, the Caroline County Historical Society and the Caroline County Investment Club. He was a former master of the Nanticoke Lodge of the Masons, of which he had been a member for more than 60 years.
He was on the executive board of the Delmarva Council of the Boy Scouts of America and on the Delmarva Advisory Council. He was also a charter member of the Delmarva Council Scouting Heritage Society. In 1973, the Scouts honored him with the Silver Beaver Award.
Mr. Blades was a member of the Bethesda United Methodist Church in Preston. Earlier, while living in Federalsburg, he had joined the Union United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, the former Deliaette Noble; a daughter, Dee Anne Blades of Preston; a brother, A. T. Blades of Easton; two grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
The family suggested memorial contributions to the Delmarva Council of the Boy Scouts of America.