By WLOX Staff
OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - Ocean Springs lost a well-known community and business leader Monday. John Richard Blossman died of cancer at his home Monday morning. He was 65.
At the time of his death, Mr. Blossman was Chairman of the Board of Blossman Gas. Under his 40 years of leadership, the company grew to become the tenth largest retail propane dealer in the country. He served as President of both the Mississippi Propane Gas Association and the National Propane Gas Association.
He had also been active in the banking industry, having served for more than 20 years as a Director of Citizens National Bank, now a part of Wachovia Bank.
Since 1973, he has been an active member of the Board of Directors of French Camp Academy, most recently serving as Chairman from 1994 to 2009.
Mr. Blossman was a member of St. Johns Episcopal Church in Ocean Springs, a long-standing supporter of the Gulf Coast YMCA, and a former Director of the Ocean Springs Chamber of Commerce.
John Blossman and his wife Courtney were key organizers of the Walter Anderson Museum of Art, and were actively involved in efforts to protect Ocean Springs' historic charm and quality of life. He was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the City of Ocean Springs.