Joseph Way Blank­ley Jr.

Dorchester Star - - Obituaries -

CAM­BRIDGE — Joseph Way Blank­ley Jr., 98, of Cam­bridge, MD, passed away on Mon­day, May 9, 2016 at his home. He was born in Philadel­phia, PA, on Dec. 18, 1917, to the late Joseph W. and Lorella W. Steelman Blank­ley.

Mr. Blank­ley grad­u­ated from Ol­ney High School Class of 1936 and later at­tended Drexel Univer­sity in Philadel­phia. Joseph worked as an elec­tri­cal en­gi­neer for ESB/Ex­ide Bat­tery for 45 years un­til his re­tire­ment. Dur­ing WWII, Ex­ide sup­plied in­dus­trial bat­ter­ies for sub­marines and Joseph wit­nessed the launch­ing of the USS Nau­tilus.

On May 26, 2001, he mar­ried the for­mer Pa­tri­cia “Patti” West. Joseph en­joyed build­ing model air­planes, cars, and boats. He also en­joyed fish­ing in his spare time. Mr. Blank­ley was a wiz at elec­tron­ics and had an amaz­ing sense of hu­mor. He was a life­time mem­ber of Trin­ity Epis­co­pal Par­ish in St. Au­gus­tine, FL.

Joseph is sur­vived by his wife of 16 years Pa­tri­cia “Patti” West-Blank­ley of Cam­bridge; a son James W. Blank­ley and wife Linda D. Farr of Mooresville, NC; a daugh­ter Bar­bara A. March­esani of San Jose, CA; a step son H. Wil­liam West and wife Kin of Cam­bridge; two step daugh­ters Mary Ben­jamin and hus­band Dave of Cam­bridge and Bar­bara Robin­son and hus­band Pastor Bob Robin­son of Ch­e­sa­peake, VA, grand­chil­dren: Amanda Spain and hus­band Matt, Anne Soder­berg and hus­band Gavin, Tris­tan Blank­ley, Rut­ger Blank­ley, Nils Blank­ley, C.J. Barnes, Feli­cia Layton and hus­band Keith, Margie Robin­son, Amanda Robin­son, Anna Robin­son, Jesi West, and Emma West; and his beloved Dachs­hund “Ossie”. Be­sides his par­ents, he is pre­ceded in death by his first wife El­iz­a­beth A. “Betty” Blank­ley.

A memo­rial ser­vice will be held on Satur­day, May 14, 11 a.m. at Thomas Fu­neral Home, P.A. in Cam­bridge, with Pastor Bob Robin­son of­fi­ci­at­ing. Fam­ily will re­ceive friends one hour prior to the ser­vice.

In lieu of flow­ers, memo­rial con­tri­bu­tions may be made to St John’s Chapel, 1213 Hud­son Road, Cam­bridge, MD 21613; Dorch­ester Cen­ter of the Arts, 321 High St., Cam­bridge, MD 21613; or to the Dorch­ester Gen­eral Hospi­tal Aux­il­iary, P.O. Box 554, Cam­bridge, MD 21613.


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