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John William Blanchard, Sr., also known as “Dusty,” passed away on Monday, September 18, 2017, surrounded by his loving family at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital in Boston. John was born December 16, 1937, in Newburyport, Mass., to Francis and Mary (Arsenault) Blanchard. John graduated from Newburyport High School in 1955. He was a dedicated employee for R.A. Francoeur, Inc. for over 30 years. He enjoyed going on daily walks and adventures throughout the United States with his beloved wife, Jean, boating, fishing, and trips to Key West, Fla. John was happiest spending time with his family. He was a proud member of Local Union 56 Pile Drivers, the North End Boat Club and the Rowley Boating Association.
John will be deeply missed by his wife of 53 years, B. Jean (Nadeau) Blanchard; his son, John Blanchard, Jr. and wife, Marty; his daughter, Karen Blanchard Grundstrom and husband, John, all of Rowley, Mass. John was the beloved “Papa” to his grandchildren, Alyssa Grundstrom of Rowley, Mass., and Kelsi Grundstrom Rocha and husband, Denys and new great-grandchild, Landon Andres Rocha of Key West, Fla. John is survived by brothers, Francis Blanchard, Joseph Blanchard and wife, Donna, all of Newburyport, Mass.; Donald Blanchard and wife, Cheryl of Acworth, Ga. He was predeceased by sister, Marie Blanchard Francoeur. John will always be remembered and in the hearts of his many loving relatives and friends.
Visitation will be 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 21, at Twomey, LeBlanc, & Conte Funeral Home, 193 High Street, Newburyport, MA. A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 22, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be private at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016, www.kidney.org or Habitat for Humanity Key West, 6631 Maloney Ave., Key West, FL 33040, www.habitatlowerkeys.org.
For directions or to offer online condolences, please visit www.tlcfuneralhome.com.
Published on  September 20, 2017
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