Robert A. Blaisdell, 80, electrician, model train collector

April 12, 2006

Robert Ambrose Blaisdell, a retired electrician and railroad fan, died of a heart attack Thursday at his Arnold home. He was 80.

Mr. Blaisdell was born and raised in Eastport and graduated from Annapolis High School.

He served in the Navy at the end of World War II, according to family members.

Mr. Blaisdell was a charter member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 24 in Baltimore, and worked for nearly 40 years until retiring in 1990.

He was an avid collector of model trains -- in all gauges -- according to a stepson, Donald Cox of Columbia. Until recent years, he had a large layout.

He also enjoyed gardening and doing yardwork at his Arnold home.

Mr. Blaisdell's wife of 46 years, the former Dorothy Joan Holzphel, died in 2004.

Services were yesterday.

Also surviving are two other stepsons, Michael Cox of West Hollywood, Calif., and Warren Cox of Severna Park; two stepdaughters, Deborah Blaisdell of West Hollywood, Calif., and Jacqueline Blaisdell of Germantown; a brother, Thomas Blaisdell of Annapolis; a sister, June Noul of St. Margarets; and three grandchildren.

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