Edward “Ed” Blum, 74, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Blum was taking one last cruise around South America for his 74th birthday with his partner Susan Klein, when he contracted pneumonia, which exacerbated some pre-existing conditions and led to his passing.
Ed graduated from Colonie Central High School, and then earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Siena College, and a Master’s of Business Administration degree from Cornell University. Outside of the classroom, he pursued further academic endeavors as a member of the Mensa society. He began his career as a finance analyst with IBM before assuming leadership roles with Rose Ready Mix and Parkway Vending Service while living in the Binghamton, NY area.
He relocated to Philadelphia in the mid 80’s and began working for the IRS. During his 20+ year career with the IRS, he held a number of increasingly responsible positions in the Revenue, Appeals, and Training groups at their offices in the Washington D.C., Miami, and Fort Lauderdale areas.
Ed also had a lifelong commitment to being an educator. He was extremely proud of the many students he taught as a professor at Broome Community College, The State University of New York at Binghamton, and Stockton University.
He loved to cook, was enamored with Bob Dylan and the Beatles, routinely attended German folk festivals, and even played in a men’s ice hockey league. He thoroughly enjoyed a good beer, and kept sporting a Tom Selleck style moustache long after it had gone out of style! Above all else, he had a burning desire to travel and see the world.
In his younger years, this passion translated into ski trips, attending Formula One races, and visiting cities all over the world where he always seemed to know the best places to go. In his later years, he satisfied this urge to explore by going on cruises to exotic destinations.