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Robert Blum

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Robert A. “Blummer” Blum, 82, of Roseland died July 19, 2015. He was born and raised in South Orange. 

The former president of Federal Automatic Company of Hillside and chairman of Pantmaker 807 in the Dominican Republic, Mr. Blum was president of NACLEO, National Association of Coin Laundry Equipment Operations, and a member of the Builders Association of Metropolitan NJ. He held two U.S. patents for inventions.

He attended Columbia High School, Maplewood. A member of Pi Lambda Phi fraternity, he graduated from Lehigh University in 1955. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force stationed in Gifu, Japan, and was promoted to the rank of captain. 

An avid golfer, he was a board member of the New Jersey Seniors Golf Association and scored seven holes-in-one over his lifetime. He was a legacy member of Mountain Ridge Country Club since 1961 and was recently honored with the creation of the MRCC Blummer Spirit Award. 

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Bunny; two sons, Michael and Steven (Elise); two stepdaughters, Laura (David) Ross and Gail (Herman) Kurz; and five step-grandchildren. 

Services were held July 21 with arrangements by Bernheim-Apter-Kreitzman Suburban Funeral Chapel, Livingston. Memorial contributions may be made to Jefferson Foundation, Uveal Melanoma Research Fund, 125 S. 9th St., 7th Floor, Suite 700, Philadelphia, PA 19107 or Barnabas Health Hospice.

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