Thomas Nathan Blanchard, 87, a longtime Painesville resident, passed away May 1, 2013, at TriPoint Medical Center in Concord Township.
The son of George Nathan and Mary (Small) Blanchard was born Aug. 29, 1925, in Elmira, N.Y.
He served in the U.S. Navy
aboard the USS Holt as a communications expert during World War II
in the Pacific Theatre.
After graduating from the Rochester Business College in Rochester, N.Y., and attending the Elmira College in Elmira, N.Y., Thomas owned and operated the Blanchard Dry Cleaning Co. and the Blanchard Rug Co. in Elmira, N.Y., until he retired. He and his wife moved to Hyannis, Mass. In 1987, they moved to Painesville to be close to their daughter and grandchildren. He came out of retirement to become a flooring specialist for Home Depot in Mentor. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Painesville.
Mr. Blanchard was very involved with his family, and especially enjoyed watching and rooting for his grandchildren in all activities.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Betty Jane (MacBlane) Blanchard; daughter, Debra Remington of Painesville; grandchildren, Sara Courtney (fiance Nick Pollutro) Remington and Adam Thomas Remington, both of Pt. Richmond, Calif.; and sister, Mary Lou Messing of Florida.
At Mr. Blanchard's request, no calling hours will be observed. Private graveside services will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira, N.Y.
Contributions may be made to the Lake Erie College Scholarship Fund, 391 West Washington St., Painesville, OH 44077.
Spear-Mulqueeny Funeral Home of Painesville is in charge of arrangements.