WALLINGFORD - Allen Walter Blakeslee, 79, beloved husband of Pauline Ritzert Blakeslee, passed peacefully on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, surrounded by his loving family at Gaylord Rehabilitation Hospital after having fought pulmonary hypertension for several years. He was a resident of Wallingford, for 54 years.
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Born in New Haven, Dec. 10, 1934, son of the late Allen Charles Blakeslee and Frances Githens Blakeslee, he was the oldest of four brothers.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Jeffrey (Tammy,) of Sutton, Mass., Scott (Sharon,) of Gorham, Maine, and Christopher (Stacey,) of Wayne, N.J. He leaves behind his five grandchildren, Sarah, Alex, Jordan, Kyra, and Talia; his brother, Fred Blakeslee, of Wallingford; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Russell Blakeslee and Richard Blakeslee. Allen was an active member of the Center Congregational Church in Meriden, where he was once Sunday School Superintendent, served on the board of deacons and the handicap accessibility committee, participated in the choir, and participated in various other roles and committees. Though he began working at a young age, Allen started his career at the age of 17 as a draftsman. Always hardworking, he progressed through the trade to become a mechanical engineer working at Kahn & Co., UMC, and eventually retired from Dunham & Bush. Allen enjoyed traveling, watching the Boston Red Sox, and gardening at his home where he loved spending time with his family and friends. He was always proud and grateful to see his children, then grandchildren playing in the yard. He will forever be remembered as a gentle, loving and humble soul, always complimentary, always helpful, and always caring for others.
Allen's family is extremely thankful for the exceptional care he received from the staff at Gaylord Rehabilitation Hospital.
The family will receive friends and relatives on Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Wallingford Funeral Home, 809 N. Main St. Ext., Allen's funeral will be held on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 10:30 a.m. at the Center Congregational Church, 474 Broad St., Meriden. Interment will be held in Beaverdale Memorial Park in Hamden. Contributions may be made in his honor to the Center Congregational Church (Handicap Accessibility Fund) or the Gaylord Rehabilitation Hospital, P.O. Box 400, Gaylord Farms Road, Wallingford, CT. 06492.
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Published in The Record-Journal on Aug. 19, 2014