Frank A. "Butch" Blanchard III

of Townsend; 70

TOWNSEND -- Frank A. "Butch" Blanchard III, 70, of Townsend, died Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at his residence.

Butch was born in Fitchburg, May 17, 1942, a son of Frank A. and Virginia (O'Connor) Blanchard and has resided in Townsend for 57 years. He was a 1960 graduate of Townsend High School.

He leaves his wife of 47 years, Joan C. (Leahy) Blanchard; two sons, Peter R. Blanchard and his wife Laura of Gardner, Patrick J. Blanchard and his fiance' Kimberly Souza of Townsend; a daughter, Rebecca J. Borneman and her husband Brian of Townsend; a brother, Peter J. Blanchard and his fiance' Lois Adams of Ashburnham; two sisters, Lyssa Boudreau and Rosemary Blanchard both of Westminster. He also leaves four grandchildren, Jessica Blanchard, Matthew Borneman, Jason Borneman and Elisabeth Borneman. He also leaves several cousins, nieces and nephews.

For nearly thirty years, Butch worked for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Highway Department, retiring in 1996 as the maintainence foreman. He worked for JE Boucher Construction in Leominster for nearly 10 years. He also worked for AC Szocik Excavation in Lunenburg. Butch was a patrolman for the Townsend Police Department from 1965-1968, which included operating the ambulance. He was also a member of the Townsend Fire Department, Company 3 from 1960-1967.

During the Vietnam Era, he served in the United States Navy as a Corspman assigned to the Fleet Marines, Recon. He was a life member of The Townsend American Legion Post #199, which included the American Legion Firing Squad. The Townsend Veterans of Foreign War Post # 6538 and the DAV, Disabled American Veterans.

Butch loved Life, Laughter Family and Friends. As Butch would say, " I'm not here for a long time, I'm here for a good time! "
BLANCHARD -- Butch's family will receive family and friends during a memorial visitation from 2-5 Sunday, November 11th at the T.J. Anderson & Son Funeral Home, 250 Main Street (Rte 119) Townsend center. Please see for additional information.

Memorial contributions may be made to Disabled American Veterans, Attention: GIFT PROCESSING, PO Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

Published in Sentinel & Enterprise on Nov. 9, 2012