Thomas
C.
Blair Jr.


 

THOMAS C. BLAIR JR. was born in Camden to Edna and Thomas Blair on November 24, 1925. His parents had been living in Gloucester City in January of 1920. The 1924 Camden City Directory, the 1930 Census, and the 1947 Camden City Directory shows his father, Thomas C. Blair, a self-employed paperhanger, living at 1034 North 18th Street in Cramer Hill. This address would remain in the Blair family through the fall of 1969. When the Census was taken in April of 1930, the family included two sisters, Edna, and Dorothy Blair.

On February 2, 1944 Thomas C. Blair Jr. joined the United States Navy. He reached the rank of Aviation Ordnanceman Third Class before leaving the service.

Thomas Blair was living at 1918 Pierce Avenue in Cramer Hill when he was appointed to the Camden Fire Department on December 30, 1950 and reported for duty on January 1, 1951. He was, in time promoted to Captain and later, on December 20, 1969, to Battalion Chief. The 1969 and 1970 New Jersey Bell Telephone Directories shows an address of 467 North 34th Street for Thomas C. Blair Jr. 

By 1977 residence restrictions had been lifted on Camden fire fighters. Chief Blair and his wife Doris moved to Atco, New Jersey. 

Chief Blair retired on February 1, 1981, and in time settled at Bayonet Point, Florida. Last a resident of Hudson, Florida, he passed away on October 17, 2003. He was buried at Florida National cemetery in Bushnell, Florida.


 


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