Friday, October 25, 2013
I regret to inform you that my dear uncle, Lloyd Blackledge, passed away on October 10 at 92 years young. He went peacefully in his sleep with no signs of distress the day before. In fact, it seemed his favorite daily line was, "I'm just fine." Every night he thanked me or his aide at the time for the wonderful job we did. He was always pleasant even through the hardships of working with the results of a stroke. He never lost hope, in fact, he reprimanded me for wasting money buying the one-year subscription for Popular Science instead of the cheaper three-year one.
We came to the last luncheon in the spring at a restaurant in Teaneck. He had been embarrassed that he needed to come in a wheelchair, but I believe once he got to his seat he didn't think about it again. Those at our table were so kind and so many others came over to talk with him. Everyone made him feel so welcome and many asked him to come to the October luncheon. That really made him feel wonderful, and he spoke about it for many days.
I would like to send the obituary to you via email when my scanner is up and working again. I wanted to send it to his closest friends from CBS but I don't really know who they are. I remember one fellow named Bob Perringer and his wife, Berta (I believe). I have phoned and sent an e-mail but have received no response. I'm thinking they may be south for the winter.
I know Lloyd was very proud to work at and retire from CBS and enjoyed working with such wonderful people. Thank you for all you did to help put joy in his life. I know he would want me to thank everyone.