Edward C. `Jack' Blaney, 87, Milkman

October 08, 2006

Edward C. "Jack" Blaney, a retired milkman, died Tuesday of cancer at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. He was 87 and lived in Highlandtown.

Born in Baltimore, the youngest of 12 children, he attended school in the city and served in the Army during World War II. He was injured in North Africa and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Mr. Blaney married the former Anne Elizabeth Rapp in 1947. They lived together at her family home in Highlandtown for the rest of their lives. Mrs. Blaney died in 1994.

Mr. Blaney worked as a laborer for the Canton Railroad and National Gypsum before joining Green Spring Dairy in 1959. He retired in 1980.

He took up cookie baking in his later years. With the help of a cousin, Mr. Blaney baked more than 4,000 sugar cookies every year for Christmas gifts. He enjoyed golf, attending Orioles games, eating crabs and frequenting favorite restaurants with family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 141 S. Clinton St. in Highlandtown, where Mr. Blaney had been a member for 52 years.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews.

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