Jacob Blackburn, 23

Plumber, avid fisherman

July 17, 2008|By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN

Jacob Lee Blackburn, a plumber and Westminster resident, was electrocuted July 9 while working on a renovation project on South Madeira Street in Butchers Hill. He was 23.

He was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital where he was pronounced dead, said his father, George B. Blackburn of Westminster.

Mr. Blackburn, who was a plumbing foreman and about to receive his journeyman plumbing license, had been employed since 2004 by Atlantic Mechanical.

Earlier, he had worked for Masters Inc. in Gaithersburg.

"It was a work-related accident," said Mike A. Cohen, president of Atlantic Mechanical. "Jake didn't have a bad bone in his body. It's a terrible loss businesswise and friendshipwise. Period."

Mr. Blackburn was born in Baltimore and raised in Essex. He was a 2003 graduate of Eastern Technical High School, where he wrestled, and played football and lacrosse.

Mr. Blackburn was an avid fisherman and boater. He enjoyed spending time with Rocky, his pet Weimaraner, and working on his car.

He also was an accomplished billiards player, and his team recently won a league championship, family members said.

"He loved history and watching the History Channel," said his mother, Mary Frances Blackburn.

"He was a great son with a kind and gentle spirit," his mother said.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Monday at St. John Roman Catholic church in Westminster.

Also surviving are a sister, Emilee Violet Blackburn; paternal grandparents Joseph and Violet Blackburn; and maternal grandparents, Joseph and Emma Cieri. All are of Westminster.

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