Frederick Blenckstone, 62, vice president of firm

September 16, 2002

Frederick E. Blenckstone Jr., a retired vice president of a Baltimore oxygen supply company, died of heart failure Sept. 9 at Shands Hospital of the University of Florida in Gainesville. The longtime Baltimore resident was 62.

Born in Hackensack, N.J., Mr. Blenckstone moved to Baltimore with his family as a teen-ager. He grew up in Ruxton and graduated from St. Paul's School for Boys in Brooklandville in 1959. Upon his graduation, Mr. Blenckstone went to work for Baltimore Oxygen Supply Co., which his father founded in 1951. He worked at the company, serving as secretary and vice president, until 1984.

Mr. Blenckstone moved to the Great Oak community in Chestertown and began working for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. He retired for a second time in 1994 and moved to Lake Helen, Fla.

Mr. Blenckstone married Patricia Garrity in 1966. She died in 1993. The couple had lived in Cockeysville. "He was just devoted to his family business and more importantly to his family," said Susan McCormick, Mr. Blenckstone's niece.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 1401 Carrollton Ave. in Ruxton. Mr. Blenckstone will be buried next to his wife on what would have been their 36th wedding anniversary.

Survivors include a daughter, Mary Colleen Owens of Timonium; a brother, Winston Blenckstone of Ruxton; and a granddaughter.

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