Jeffrey Blackman

Born: Sat., Apr. 9, 1955
Died: Wed., Sep. 18, 2019


Visitation

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sun., Sep. 22, 2019
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Sun., Sep. 22, 2019
Location: William D. Elkin Funeral Home


Funeral Service

11:00 AM Mon., Sep. 23, 2019
Location: William D. Elkin Funeral Home


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Jeffrey Lloyd Blackman, age 64, of Ripley, New York,
passed away on Wednesday, September, 18, 2019, at
Absolut Care of Westfield, following his battle with
Parkinson’s Disease. Jeffrey was born on April 9,
1955, in Erie, Pa., to the late Lloyd
“Bud” and Lilly (Gregory) Blackman.
He was a 1973 graduate of Ripley
Central School, where he formerly
served as class and band president.
Shortly after high school, Jeff
married the love of his life, Ruth
McIntyre in Portland, N.Y., on July
24, 1976. Jeffrey was employed by
Electric materials as a shipping
clerk for 41 years prior to his retirement in 2014.
Jeffrey was a professional musician since the age of
12. He played with many local musicians throughout
the New York and Pennsylvania area. His vocal talent,
playing drums, and keyboard could have been heard
in a number of bands during his musical career. Jeffrey
played with the After Midnight Band, Goldrush
Band, The Aces, Tom Edington and The Country Gold
Show, Quincy Springs, The Jokers, and appearances
with The Rustic Ramblers and Country Keynotes. He
recorded his first single, 45 recording in 1981 with his
composition of Since The Rain. His proudest moments
were playing in the After Midnight Band with
his sons, Daniel and Clayton, and his brother Dave
and close friends, Christina Swoger Houle and Ed
Bernik. Jeff was a charter member of the North East
Moose Lodge #2568, where he served as secretary,
treasurer, and bingo caller.
Besides his wife of 43 years, Ruth, Jeff is survived
by his two sons, Daniel (Amy) of Ripley, and Clayton
(Abbey) of Dunkirk; three grandsons, Cayden and
Jacob of Ripley and Colton of Dunkirk, N.Y.; brother
and sisters-in-law, Jackie Blackman of Ripley,
Janice and Bill Hipwell of Brocton, and Herb and
Kathy McIntyre of Portland; and several nieces and
nephews.
Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral
Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East, on Sunday
from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., and are invited to a funeral
service Monday at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Officiating
the service is Rev. Don Eggleston. Private interment
North East Cemetery. Memorials may be made
to the Harborcreek Youth Service Musical Therapy
Program at 5712 Iroquois Ave., Harborcreek, PA 16421.

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