Willard H. Blaisdell, age 94, husband of the late Izola (Spaulding) Blaisdell, passed away Monday morning April 18, 2005 at his home.
He was born November 18, 1910 in Jeffersonville the son of the late Frank & Flora (Griswold) Blaisdell. The Blaisdell ancestors came to America in 1635 landing at Pemiquid Point, ME.
As a young man growing up in Fairfax, Willard helped his father in the family hardware store. He was a 1928 graduate of Bellows Free Academy in Fairfax. He received a BS in Agricultural Economics from Iowa State University in 1932, and a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Vermont in 1948.
His career as an educator started in Fairfax as a 6th grade teacher. In 1937 he continued his career at Enosburg Falls Middle High School (EFHS) where he taught Vocational Agriculture, Physics and Chemistry. He retired after 35 years retiring in 1971. As the advisor of the EFMHS FFA Chapter he led his students to achieve state & national recognition.
He was a member of Enosburg Falls United Methodist Church and served as lay leader, superintendent of Sunday school and served on many church committees. He was a 73 member and past master of the former Tyler Branch Grange and also a member of the Pomona Grange, State Grange and National Grange.
He was a member of the Masonic Organization for 58 years serving in many capacities including Past Master of Lincoln Lodge # 78 F&AM, the York Rite Bodies, Mt. Sinai Shrine # 3 and a member and past Patron of the Martha Washington Chapter # 44 O.E.S.
He also belonged to the Enosburgh Historical Society, Green Mountain Club, and the Franklin Lamoille Retired Teachers Association. He served on the Board of Civil Authority and was a Justice of the Peace for the Town of Enosburgh. He enjoyed making and repairing clocks and was instrumental in the refurbishing and continual maintenance of the clock at the Masonic hall. He was also an avid gardener and with Izola they ran the Flower Pot on Orchard St. for 6 years.
He is survived by 2 sons, Emerson Blaisdell of Enosburg Falls, and Kermit Blaisdell and his wife Lois of Colchester; 3 daughters and their husbands, Sandra & Robert Lemnah of Burlington, Patricia & Ernest Ross of Memphis, TN, and Deborah & Alan Grandshaw of Enosburg Falls; his 8 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren; Elizabeth and her husband Stephen Hu and their children, Bryon & Meredith; Alisha and her husband Michael Adams and their children Abigail, Alizabeth, Adianna, Michael & Matthew; Anissa and her husband Christopher Seguin and their children, Ross, Emily and Samuel; Alexa Harrison and her children, Austin & Ashley; Aneda Ross and her husband Phillip Murray and their children Zachary, Vallary and Hillary; Jesse Grandshaw; Rebekah and Sarah Blaisdell; Izolaís sisters-in-law, Marion Spaulding and Ardelle Spaulding; several nieces and nephews, including Eva and Tom Lancaster with whom Emerson has spent a great deal of time. Willard was predeceased by his wife, Izola Blaisdell on October 25, 2003. They were married on August 21, 1934 in Fletcher at Izolaís parentís farm. He was also predeceased by a son, Dean Blaisdell; 2 grandchildren, Jennifer Lemnah and April Ross.
A memorial service will be held Thursday morning April 21 at 10:00 AM at the Enosburg Falls United Methodist Church with Pastor Cheryl Heater officiating. Interment will follow at 2:00 at the Binghamville Cemetery in Fletcher.
Visiting hours will be held Wednesday evening from 6-8 PM at the Spears Funeral Home, 96 Dickinson Ave., Enosburg Falls. A Masonic service will be conducted at the funeral home on Wednesday evening at 7:30 PM.
For those who wish, contributions in his memory may be made to the Lincoln Lodge F&AM, C/O Pierre Letourneau, P.O. Box 811, Enosburg Falls, VT 05450
Condolences may be sent to the family on-line through www.spearsfuneralhome.com