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It is with deep, and heavy sadness that we announce the death of Francis J. Blood, 90, of Amesbury, Mass., who passed away peacefully on August 5, 2017, at the Anna Jacques Hospital in Newburyport, Mass., after a period of declining health.
Francis was born in Amesbury, Mass., to the late Andrew and Mary (Kelleher) Blood of Amesbury, Mass., and was raised on Sweets Hill. His childhood was spent on his family farm with his late brothers, Andrew J. Blood Jr., formerly of Beverly, Mass., and William H. Blood, formerly of Kingston, N.H.
Francis attended St. Joseph School and graduated from Amesbury High School in 1945. After graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in World War II at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He was honorably discharged in 1949, and returned to Amesbury, Mass., and resumed working at the U.S. Post Office where he started as a clerk in 1943. Throughout his 43 years of service in the post office, he served as a clerk, mailman, supervisor, and ultimately Postmaster when he retired in 1987, fulfilling his class prophecy of becoming Postmaster. He joined the Provident Bank in Amesbury, Mass., in 1980, first serving as an incorporator. He also served on the Board of Investors and retired as the Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2003.
After his retirement from the post office he worked at the EV Jutras & Sons Funeral Home.
Francis is survived by his wife of 63 years, Doris (Riopel) Blood of Amesbury; his daughter, Rosemary Blood-Benjamin and her husband, Michael Benjamin of East Kingston, N.H., and Maureen (Blood) Miller and her husband, David Miller of Amesbury. He also leaves behind his grandson, Jay Benjamin of Portsmouth, N.H., and his grand dog, Lucy, whom he was known to take to Dairy Queen to split an ice cream. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister-in-law, Rita Osborn and her late husband, Russell Osborn, formerly of Newbury, Mass., with whom he was close sharing many memories. He shared a special closeness with their children, Kevin Osborn and his wife, Ann-Catherine of Arlington, Va., Brian Osborn and his wife, Tierri of Napa Valley, Calif., Mary-Anne Pesci and her husband, Nello-John of Knoxville, Tenn., and Erik Osborn of Seattle, Wash. He was also predeceased by Albert and Claire Riopel of Amesbury, Francis and Jeannine Riopel of Amesbury, and his sister-in-law, lrene (Riopel) Desrosiers. His brother-in-law, Ernest Desrosiers resides in Greenville, S.C.
He was a member of the Holy Family Catholic Church in Amesbury, Mass. and was a member of the Knights of Columbus and other church groups. He belonged to the Amesbury Lions Club and the Amesbury Rotary Club and was awarded the Paul B. Harris award for his service.
His greatest love was his wife, Doris whom he met in high school and he often told the story that I knew that your mother was interested in me when she would walk from Brochus’s Market to the post office to buy one stamp at a time. They were always together and were great role models for their children as spouses and parents. After Doris became ill with Alzheimer's and he made the decision to have her placed at the Amesbury Village, he would visit twice a day every day, and when he was no longer driving, his daughters would bring him to visit were he would hold her hand and bring her favorite yellow roses.
In his retirement he enjoyed traveling with his family, reading and playing cribbage with his children and friends. He was a friend to all and quick witted with a joke and a smile.
The family of Francis Blood would like to thank the staff of the Anna Jacques Hospital, Elizabeth Calsey House, and the Merrimack Valley Rehabilitation Hospital for their care and compassion.
Calling hours will be Wednesday, August 9, 2017, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the EV Jutras & Sons Funeral Home, 118 Friend St. in Amesbury, MA, followed by a funeral Mass on Thursday, Aug. 10, at 10:30 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Amesbury.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any donations be sent to the Vincent De Paul Society at the Holy Family Parish in Amesbury, Mass.
Published on  August 8, 2017
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