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    Irving N. Blatt passed away on April 30, 2014 at the age of 91.  Irving grew up in Strawberry Mansion, a section of Philadelphia, and graduated from Temple University in 1947. His studies toward a Pharmacy degree, was interrupted by WW when he was drafted into the United States Army in February, 1943. 

     

    Irving N. Blatt passed away on April 30, 2014 at the age of 91.  Irving grew up in Strawberry Mansion, a section of Philadelphia, and graduated from Temple University in 1947. His studies toward a Pharmacy degree, was interrupted by WW when he was drafted into the United States Army in February, 1943.  He became a sergeant and served in the Medical Corp in England and treated wounded soldiers including those released from concentration camps at the end of the war. In fact, Mr. Blatt wrote an article detailing the shocking condition of U.S. captives that was accepted into the U.S. Archives, and he was proud that he helped nurture them back to health prior to returning home.  Mr. Blatt finished his pharmacy degree under the GI bill and opened a store, Blatt Pharmacy, at 52nd and Chestnut Street in 1947.  When his father, Jean died in 1951, Mr. Blatt sold his store and helped his mother Sylvia in the tire business until he bought another pharmacy in the 1960s.  He worked as a Pharmacist in Florida for almost 30 years before moving to Massachusetts and then Maryland.  Mr. Blatt was a life-long Mason serving for over 67 years.  He became a Mason in 1947 at Mount Moriah Lodge in Philadelphia and later at Charles C. Dame Lodge in Georgetown, Massachusetts where he received an honorary plaque as the oldest member to regularly attend meetings.  He loved golf and fishing and holds a Florida record for the largest Gray Grouper caught in state waters. Mr. Blatt was a loving husband to his wife, Phyllis whom he shared 67 wonderful years of marriage.  Mr. Blatt was very close to his sister Beverly, son Gene and daughter-in-law Faith, grandson Aaron and his wife Mandi, and his two great-grandchildren Luella and Sage. The family all loved him dearly and misses his humor, stories and his generosity.  Mr. Blatt led an honorable life, one that everyone can be very proud of. He was an outstanding leader and gentleman, and we all send him our love and the hope that he may he rest in peace now and forever.