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Amos E. Blum

Amos with Dave Stratton, Long Beach 2006

In Memoriam

August 23, 1942 - October 20, 2018

Our quirky and beloved crew scheduler, Amos Blum, pass away on October 20, 2018 in Boca Raton, FL.  His service was held at Beth Israel Memorial Chapel, Delray Beach, FL on October 22, 2018.

His obituary read --  Blum, Amos 76 of Boca Raton Florida passed away October 20th, 2018. Loving father of Robert (Michelle) Blum, Ronet (Jere) Vanatta; cherished grandfather of Emma, Jacob, Rachel, Isabella and Dylan; dear brother of Eliana Harari; adored significant other Rita Lyon.  Graveside services will be held on Monday, October 22nd, 2018, 2:15pm at Eternal Light Memorial Gardens, 11520 State road 7, Boynton Beach, Florida 33473. Those wishing to honor Amos with a memorial contribution, are asked to do so to The Hugo Bustamante AYSO Playership Fund.

The following comes from Dave Stratton, his good friend and fellow crew scheduler at both Flying Tigers and Fedex.

This morning October 20, 2018 at 7:00 am Eastern Time we lost our friend and co-worker Amos E. Blum in Florida following heart surgery for which he never recovered having been on life support for several days.  Amos was 76 and lived a full life of which there would never be enough time and space on social media to cover.  The list of people that he touched in six decades of airline work is endless, between those of us in the office, ramps and pilot/flight attendant group.   

Amos was the epitome of  “old school” work ethic having started with ONA at JFK back in the mid-1960s where he literally did everything.  When we first met in 1982 he simply said, “I’m gonna like you…’re a “grinder” and with a name like David, any Jew would like you right away……….”  That’s just the way he was……..the stories will be the salt of what I’ll treasure in years to come.  The fact that we were next door neighbors on Avenue ‘C’ in Redondo Beach for six years only solidified our relationship through good times and bad.  If you had to move an airplane, on short notice with little or no options and the company was on the line for it, Amos could put pilots in the seats like no one I’d ever seen.  It may not have been “by the book” but his relationship with many of the guys and gals who flew for us was hard to match. Time catches up with all of us and I’ve missed him the past 13 years since he retired from Fedex.  When we all moved to Memphis there was a Christmas party in 1989 at the Peabody and Amos walked across the dance floor right past Directors and VP’s to shake hands and slap backs with James Barksdale and Fred Smith talking about old days.  I mean who does that?

Today is a sad day but he would clearly not like sad songs or tears.  Amos never ended our phone calls without saying give my love to Jocelyne and the boys….this photo of us in Long  Beach, CA in 2006 at the FTL Reunion is how I want to remember him.

Good bye old friend

My best always to his entire family from Israel to California

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