MILFORD - Alexander J. Blastos, 73, resident of Milford, died on Jan. 2, 2014, at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, surrounded by his family.
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He was born in Lynn, Mass., on Nov. 4, 1940, a son of James K. and Sophia (Bardis) Blastos. He graduated in 1958 from Windsor High School, Windsor, Vt., where he played football, basketball, track and was a noted swimming champion. Al received a B.S. degree from Castleton State College, Castleton, Vt., in 1962. He began his teaching career in one-room schoolhouse in the state of Vermont through the Ford Foundation while he was attending Castleton Sate College in his freshman year. He went on to sign his first contract to teach at Rutland, Vt., Junior and Senior High School during his junior year at college.
Al earned his master's degree in guidance and administration in 1965 from Keene State College. He went to Groton, Mass., where he became the assistant principal and science/math teacher at the Groton Elementary School.
In 1968, he was employed as the elementary principal of the Gilford Elementary School. He was the state representative to the National Association of Elementary School Principals and received numerous awards.
Al's career turned to central office work as he became the assistant superintendent of schools for SAU 30. While in the Laconia-Gilford area, he was a member and past president of the Rotary Club and a part-time police officer.
In 1978, he became the superintendent of schools for SAU 41 (Amherst, Hollis and Brookline), and later for SAU 39 (Amherst) and acting superintendent for SAU 21 (Hampton). In 1985, he began his employment with the N.H. State Department of Education as curriculum supervisor of staff development and served for more than 20 years as assistant administrator.
He was past president of the Milford Rotary Club and was a two-time recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow award. In addition, he volunteered as a dispatcher for the N.H. State Police Troop B barracks.
Al's love of life included his faith, family, friends and the great outdoors, brought together by his passion for food.
Alex was predeceased by his four siblings, Michael Blastos, Constantine Blastos, Louis Blastos and Kathryn Costes.
Family members include his wife of 31 years, Lee Ann (Young) Blastos of Milford; three sons, Alexander J. Blastos of Inverness, Fla., Christopher W. Blastos and his wife, Tiffany, of Mont Vernon, Nicholas G. Blastos and his wife, Grayson, of Aspen, Colo.; four grandchildren, Ryan, Joshua, Alexis and Siena; and the beloved family includes his mother-in-law, Ruth A. Young of Bedford; sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law, many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.
services: Calling hours are on Monday, Jan. 6, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm St., Milford. The Trisagion will be held at 6 p.m. A Masonic service will be conducted at 7:45 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at noon in the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, 111 Island Pond Road, Manchester. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Milford. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the New England Heart Institute, Office of Philanthropy, 100 McGregor Street, Manchester, 03103. Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, Milford. To share a memory or offer a condolence, go to www.smith-heald.com.
Smith & Heald Funeral Home
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Published in Union Leader on Jan. 5, 2014