Lee "Blackie" Blackmer passed peacefully from an accident which occurred 13 years ago. He passed at Rutland Regional Medical Center on September 25, 2013.
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He was born in Proctor, VT, on January 12, 1958, the son of John and Jean Blackmer.
He graduated from Fair Haven Union High School in 1976, and Castleton State College in 1978.
He married Carolyn Smith in 1978, and then joined the U.S. Army. He was an E5, and was stationed at Fort Carson, CO. He was honorably discharged in 1981.
He and his family returned to Vermont in 1981. He worked several jobs as a salesman. He purchased a Pepperidge Farm Bread route in 1999. While on this job, his accident happened in October of 2000. He suffered a TBI from the accident. He was in care for 4- years at home, and was later placed in the care of the Lenny Burke Farm. They cared for him with such tender, compassionate care, which helped make the rest of his life worth living.
He is survived by a daughter, Laura Zsido and her husband, Jamie, and two grandchildren, Dylan and Adrianna, all of Castleton; a son, Graig Blackmer of Burlington; his mother, Jean Blackmer and father John Blackmer; his grandmother, Helen Ellis of Fair Haven; three brothers, Mark Blackmer of Essex, Rick Blackmer of West Rutland, and Wayne Blackmer of Orwell; and two sisters, Debbie Castaneda and Karen Barber, both of Rutland. He also had several cousins, nieces, and a nephew.
He was a passionate golfer, hunter and fisherman. He loved to golf at Prospect Bay and ran the Wednesday Night League at Skene Valley. He also enjoyed bowling, and watching baseball, football and golf.
He will be missed greatly by all his family and friends. He had many great friends from his love of sports and time he spent at Tomasi's in Fair Haven. He had several best friends - Joe Howard, Bob Garrow, Eric Rinquist and a special thank you to Jim Bucci, who continued to take Lee golfing up until last year.
Any contributions can be made to the Lenny Burke Farm in his memory.
There will be no calling hours, and his wishes were to celebrate his life at Tomasi's in Fair Haven (in the near future).
Published in Rutland Herald on Sept. 27, 2013