ANCHORAGE - Charles Blomfield, 85, died Friday, January 17, 2014, at his home in Anchorage Alaska.
Charles Alfred Blomfield was born November 28, 1929 in a tent at a railroad camp in Oregon. His Father, Charles James Blomfield, was a surveyor for the railroad and was the grandson of Charles James Blomfield: Lord Bishop of London, who was the personal counsel to Queen Victoria.
Charles was raised in New Orleans by his Mother, Billy Iona. He attended Catholic Boarding schools until he graduated from the University of Notre Dame
with a degree in Architecture in 1948. After graduating Charles spent his early years working with the Catholic Church, culminating with his first church, the "Parish of Our Lady of Victory" in Victoria, Texas consecrated November 4, 1958.
In 1958 he moved to the "Territory of Alaska" with his wife Adelaide and raised their eight children in Anchorage. Charles began working for the Bureau of Indian Affairs and played an integral part while working with Senator Bob Bartlett to pass the Native Housing Act. Charles acted as Chief Architect designing and building schools for Eskimo, Aleut, Tlingit and Athabascan Native Alaskans. Charles was later appointed Director of the Alaska State Housing Authority.
In 1980 he founded "The Blomfield Company" an architectural and design, construction, financing and management company. Charles and his son Charles Anthony (Tony) Blomfield designed, built and leased buildings in Anchorage and Juneau during the pipeline years and continued to build until retirement in 2008.
Charles (Chuck) is best known for his zest for life, his rich history and abundant stories of life in New Orleans, working in the Alaskan villages, world travels and his Alaskan roots. He was an avid skier, huntsman and sports fisherman. He was actively involved in Alaskan politics with his wife Adelaide in the early years of statehood and continued until his retirement. He played hard and worked hard enjoying life with his family and friends.
In his later years he enjoyed traveling across the country visiting his 8 children in his beloved Volvo that he called "Chateau Volvo and Bistro". Chuck always kept a well stocked bar in the trunk and delivered his famous "Manhattans" to anyone who would share in a good story and laughter. He was loved by many in the small towns he visited, adding local color. Always lending a story and a good laugh he was loved by any and all that came in contact with him. But on the other side of jokes and stories his intelligence and hard work ethic was shared with his many grandchildren as he was mentor and teacher to them all. He would travel to see them and take time to help them with business plans and always encouraged higher education. His love for his family was equal to his enthusiasm for life and continued until the end.
Survivors include, Adelaide Blomfield (Puerto Vallarta), children: Bridget (Omaha), Becky (Fort Collins), Susan (Fairbanks), Jenny (Morro Bay), Tony, (Anchorage), Katy (Puerto Vallarta), John (Dallas) and 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son James Vincent.
The family would like to thank his dear friends Buddy Clezi, Bill Bailey, Ralph Darbyshire, Chuck Lastufka, "Disco" Ray Metcalf and Hospice of Anchorage for making his last days on earth filled with love, grace and compassion. They would also like to thank his caregivers James and Bernadette.
There will be a funeral mass held at Holy Family Church, 800 W 5th Ave, Anchorage, on Friday, January 24, 2014 at 12 p.m. A reception will follow at Quarter Deck in the Hotel Captain Cook, 939 W 5th Ave, from 1:30-4 p.m.
Arrangements are with Janssen Funeral Homes.