We have received the sad news that Brian Blackburn, previously chief principal engineer at JLG in McConnellsburg, has died aged 69 after a long battle with cancer. He passed away on Wednesday last week (September 8th) in his home with his family around him.
Blackburn graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1974, with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Science degree in manufacturing systems engineering. Later that year he began his career as a programme engineer with cooling and ventilation company Miller-Picking/ York International. After almost 24 years with the company, he left for JLG, starting with the company at the end of 1997 and staying there until he retired in May 2019.
His family obituary said: “Brian was an avid motorhead, proudly rebuilding a 1968 Camaro, rode Blackwater and Pikes Peak on his Bultaco motorcycle, a handyman extraordinaire, able to fix anything, a true beach mechanic, and a fan of all things Pittsburgh, especially supporting Pitt Panther football as a season ticket holder. He was always eager to lend a helping hand to others and his kind soul has blessed and enriched our lives and he will be missed immensely.”
He is survived by his wife of 45 years Delores, children Brian and Natalie and two grandchildren.