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Michael John [Mike] Blauer VIEW PROFILE

My brother, Mike Blauer, Wolfson Class of '70, passed away from a heart attack on December 16, 2015 at his home in Highlands, North Carolina, a place where he had lived happily for 15 years. Before that, he was the owner of two bookstores in Jacksonville, the San Jose Bookshop and the San Marco Bookshop. He is survived by three siblings and their spouses, and several nieces and nephews. Mike was a wonderful son, brother, and friend. Many people loved him and he will be greatly missed. Kay Blauer Lopez - Class of 1969


Michael John Blauer, age 63, died unexpectedly of natural causes on Dec. 16, 2015, in Highlands, N.C., where he had lived the past 15 years. Mike was born on March 8, 1952, in Jacksonville, Fla., to the late John and Laura Blauer. He attended Duval County schools and graduated from Wolfson High School in 1970 and attended Florida State College at Jacksonville. Mike was an expert in old and rare books and had owned the San Jose Bookstore and the San Marco Bookstore in Jacksonville. He republished Dickison and His Men, a book about the Civil War in Florida, and four titles by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. Mike is survived by his three siblings and their spouses, all of Florida: Connie and Richard Holzinger, Kay and Sergio Lopez, and Robert Blauer and Cindy Adkinson. He was the uncle or great-uncle of ten. Mike will be remembered by his family and many devoted friends for his integrity, kindness and individuality. Mike's ashes will be buried in the Melrose Cemetery in Melrose, Fla., next to his grandmother and great-grandmother. A service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 1 p.m. at the Eliam Baptist Church in Melrose, Pastor Arthur Johnson officiating. A luncheon will follow at The Yearling Restaurant in Cross Creek.

FL Times-Union - 31 Jan 2016

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12/19/15 08:33 AM #1    

Gwendolyn Elouise [Gwen] Butler

Recently, I was thinking about the San Marco Bookshop. I love the wonderful gift ideas from long ago!

So, it is part of the 1970 family...........

I shall make a trip there ASAP to purchase more lifelong inspirational trinkets for myself.

Michael is an angel called to return to the One who made him.


Until we meet again,


12/22/15 12:51 AM #2    

Howard Herman Schmerin

I was very sorry to hear of Mike's passing.  I lived down the street from him and his family and remember them fondly. [Even before High School.]  I liked the values that his family instilled in him and his brother, Bobby.  I hope the rest of the family is doing well. I mostly hung out (played with) his brother Bobby.  The last time I saw him was at the 10 year reunion and he seemed to be a fine man and a good human being.

I wish I had kept in touch. My loss.  I love books and was happy to learn that he owned 2 book stores.  If I lived in Jax I certainly would have been one of his best patrons.

Generally,  it is sad that the most frequent entries are about the passing of our class members.  Where did the time go.  Mike will be missed and in my thoughts.  I hope that his family remembers me for I certainly remember Mike.

Howard Schmerin



12/25/15 09:30 PM #3    

Freida Carol Platt (McMillan)

So sorry to hear of Mike's passing.  I always saw him as a "gentle giant". Didn't know him well, however he always seemed to have a smile on his face. I send prayers and hugs to his family in their time of grief. God Bless.

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