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Old 01-25-2009, 08:25 PM   #1
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Default The loss of a co-worker, friend, and mentor

Yesterday we lost George Bluford Jones to a motorcycle accident. His grandson was also on the bike and thankfully escaped with minor injuries. His grandson was wearing a helmet, Blu was not.

Please say a prayer for Blu's grandson, family, and all of us that have known and loved him.

Of my almost 30 years with the company I have worked directly for Blu for over 22 years at one position or another within our one group. I cannot imagine what it will be like to walk into work tomorrow knowing that he will never be there again, that I cannot pick up the phone to chat (my desk is in another area), or send a smart a$$ response to one of his sometimes sarcastic and/or cryptic e-mails. Whenever any problem happened at the plant one of the first questions would always be, "has anyone talked with Bluford yet?" or "what did Bluford say to do about this?" He taught generations of people how to operate our plant. His loss to our company is incalcuable.

Blu was a one time amateur vet, suspect builder for his own home projects, self taught mechanic, part-time used car dealer, divorced more times than he had been married, cared for his mom until the day she died from cancer, helped his dad live his last days with dignity and respect, cancer surviver, and supported an extended family. All of those who knew him could yell at him one minute and then be laughing about the whole thing the next.

I am grateful that I was able to see him on Wed - he was leaving as I was coming in. Blu was venting because he had a minor fight with our manager (they settled things the next day) and Blu talked about that he had just decided that 2010 would be his last year working for the company after 40 years of service. We talked about what his plans would be and who could possibly replace him. Just a few minutes later I heard the beep from his car horn. He was pleased to show me his new little car that he had bought to save on gas driving to & from work. When he dropped me off at the main entrance of the plant, I made him laugh by commenting that he had bikes that were bigger than his little car. My last memory of Blu was of him laughing as he drove away. I will thank God every day for that.

So if you see the news story of the accident in Anderson, please know that he was much, much more than a 30 second blurb on the news.

Rest in peace Blu.....
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I am so sorry to hear this , co-workers become much like family since we are with them so much , I lost alot of friends of mine during my 27 years at KEMET , I think we just take our time here for granted ,thats why its so important that our loved ones know we love them each and everyday and we tell them so !! Blu left you with his wonderful laugh ...........that a memory that can never be taken ! Again C Girl I am so sorry !!
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Thanks Mega... Blu was like family to me... we could talk about anything to each other... he will be missed...
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Thanks Mega... Blu was like family to me... we could talk about anything to each other... he will be missed...
A real good friend of mine that I worked with at KEMET is from Cheddar , and I think thats where he had his accident .
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A real good friend of mine that I worked with at KEMET is from Cheddar , and I think thats where he had his accident .
That's right... it was less than 1/2 mile from his house.. Blu's family has lived in that area forever... so I'm sure your friend either knew him or knew of him...
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I'm sorry to hear about that C-girl. That is really sad. My prayers are with all of his friends & family at this sad time.
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Thanks everyone. Today at work has been really, really hard. Everyone has been sharing Bluford stories (and there are quite a few of them!), tears, and hugs. Looks like the church will have standing room only tomorrow.

I did find out today that wearing a helmet would have not made a difference in his survival.
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C-girl I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your friend. As the old saying goes, thank God we can pick our friends because we can't pick our family! Blu sounds like an extraordinary man who was loved by all of you. I lost two of my best friends last year and have a third with terminal cancer so I know how painful it can be to lose someone. I understand that Blu was NOT "just a friend" but someone that you genuinely was glad was in your life. He was the type friend who enriched the lives of those he touched and they're a better person for having known him.
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too bad you can't see the pony tail... he had one as long as I knew him... it just got greyer and thinner as the years went by...


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Jones said it took a while to remove the various messages and graffiti that construction workers left behind at the plant, but he has enjoyed his career almost as much as riding his five Harley motorcycles.

Jones said when he first started it was like magic to him.

“I understood reactor theory, but putting it together with steaming water didn’t come to me until later,” Jones said. “Now I love it. When you have a job you love and get paid, too, you stick with it.”
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C-girl, I just saw this Thread and I am so very sorry. I will be praying for his family, co-workers and dear friends. Thanks for sharing the information.
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As expected it was a full house in church this afternoon. There was a wide variety in the visitors from the sr plant managers, his entire work group, neighbors, friends, and extended family. Even some members of the local Hell's Angels chapter stopped by to pay their respects (and no he wasn't a member!)

So the sad, sad day of saying goodbye is over and tomorrow we begin the everyday activities of living. But it will never be the same.

Goodbye Bluford. You will be missed. And never forgotten.
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