CAPE MAY – Former Cape May mayor and councilman Arthur “Mickey” Blomkvest, 83, died Jan. 19, 2019. He and his wife had relocated to South Seaville.
According to an obituary provided by Spilker Funeral Home, Cape May, it was during his time as mayor that the city was designated a National Historic Landmark.
Also through his lobbying efforts of federal officials beach restoration funds were made available that were the basis for the present state of the city’s beaches.
He was the son of the late Elmer and Alice Blomkvest of Cape May. A master carpenter, he was renowned for specializing in Victorian restoration. His work lives on at Cape May’s “Pink House.”
Blomkvest served on Cape May City Council from 1968 to 1972 and as mayor from 1976-1988.
Heis survived by his wife of 64 years, Mildred Needles Blomkvest; five children, Stina Smith, Majken Mechling, Dagmer Chew, Stig Blomkvest and Annika Nash; a brother, Charles of Ewing,11 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
A memorial ceremony will be held Feb. 3, from 11 a.m. to noon in Cape May City Hall, 643 Washington St., Cape May where a memorial ceremony in the form of family and friends sharing thoughts and memories will follow and begin at noon.
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