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James R. Blanchard

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James R. Blanchard December 18, 1972 - April 24, 2013 Colchester - James R. Blanchard, 40, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. Born on December 18, 1972, he was the son of Raymond M. Blanchard and Carol (Rioux) Blanchard. They survive him. James graduated from Griswold High School in 1990 and graduated with a Bachelor's degree from University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 1996. After graduating from college, he worked in Florida and later Reno, NV before moving home to help care for his mother. His devotion to her was timeless. Furthermore, James was a devoted father and loving uncle to his nieces and nephews. He had a special way of touching all those around him and his infectious laugh will be deeply missed. James was an active person who always celebrated life. He was an avid camper, hiker, cyclist and photographer. Skiing was another one of his passions. In addition to his parents, James is survived by two daughters, Conoly Jones Blanchard of Raeford, NC and Rylee Blanchard of Reno, NV; brothers, David Blanchard and his wife, Susan of Colchester and Michael Blanchard and wife, Maryellen of Norwich; nieces and nephews, Gabrielle and Elijah Blanchard of Colchester and Christopher and Caroline Blanchard of Norwich. Family will receive relative and friends on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 from 5:00P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Leffler Funeral Home, 30 N. Main St., Jewett City. Funeral Services are private. There will be a fund established for his surviving daughters. For the online memorial/guestbook, visit www.lefflerfuneralhome.com

Published in Norwich Bulletin on Apr. 28, 2013
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