A memorial mass will be at 10 a.m. April 26, 2014, at Saint Matthew Church, 111 Tolland Green, Tolland for Theron "Ted" O. Blow, 94, of Tolland, husband of Barbara Mack Blow. She preceded him in death in 2006, after 64 years of marriage. He died April 5, 2014. Reverend Msgr. James P. Carini will officiate.
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Born in Barre, Vt., Aug. 6, 1919, Ted was the son of Watson T. Blow and Cora Jones Blow. He attended Barre schools, where he graduated from Spaulding High School in 1939, and was in the Vermont National Guard for six years. He moved to Connecticut in 1939 and resided in Manchester and Tolland for the rest of his life. He was active for many years in Tolland as a member of the Board of Tax Review and Scoutmaster of Tolland Scout Troop 15 for eight years. Throughout his life, Ted was a handyman to many (a self-avowed fixer of "anything up to and including broken hearts"), and a relentless raconteur of folk wisdom. A bred-in-the-bone Vermonter, and fan of non-sequitur bits of wisdom, Ted often reminded people "You'll never get drowned on Lake Champlain, if you keep one foot on shore." He made people smile with an endless supply of stories, jokes, and unsolicited advice. In February 1942, Ted enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Alabama, South Carolina, and New Jersey before being shipped overseas to complete four years of service in the European theater. He served in the Signal Corps and the Second Armored Division. He was with the contingent that occupied a liberated Berlin, Germany. He was employed by Southern New England Telephone Company for 36 years as a splicer and ended his tenure there as a subway inspector. He was a life member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. He retired in 1977.
He is survived by his children, Paul W. Blow (wife Carol), of Ashford, and Beverly Mack (husband Robert Henry), of Lawrence, Kan.; five grandchildren, Alyson Bahr (husband Ben) of North Carolina, Cara Tingley (husband Jack) of Canterbury, and Paula Blood (husband Brian) of Coventry, Thomas Henry of Washington, D.C., and Sarah Henry of Boston, Mass.; four great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Richard Blow of South Carolina, and Edwin Blow of Florida. His sister Dorothy, and brothers Robert, William, Garth, Stanley, Chester, and Harry preceded him in death.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a
, the Telephone Pioneers of America, or Tolland Senior Center, 674 Tolland Stage Road, Tolland, CT 06084 Phone 860-870-3730.
Tolland Memorial Funeral Home, 375 Merrow Road, Tolland, CT 06086 is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Tolland Memorial Funeral Home
375 Merrow Rd
Tolland, CT 06084
Published in Journal Inquirer from Apr. 19 to Apr. 23, 2014