Salem - Daryl Mark Blonder, 31, of Salem, beloved son of Edward and Janice Blonder, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012.
Daryl was born on June 13, 1981, in New London, and graduated from East Lyme High School in 1999. Currently he was employed at East Lyme McDonalds, Waterford Regal Cinemas, and occasionally in the family business, Design Essence Inc.
Interested in acting since he was a young boy, Daryl took to writing a screenplay, "Loveless" in his teens, for which an initial trailer was produced. Later he won the part of Ray Negron, a bat boy for the New York Yankees, in the ESPN mini series "The Bronx Is Burning." He was thrilled to work with John Turturro and Oliver Platt. He loved the movie business, where in addition to acting, he worked as a caterer, driver, and production assistant.
Last fall, he published a remarkably poignant memoir, "Problem Child: Confessions of an Aspie", that chronicles his struggles with Asperger syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder, and depression. Most recently, he developed an artful website that reached out to adults with autism spectrum disorders.
Daryl proudly described himself as a "road geek", having extensively traveled the country by car and was a member of "The Extra Miler Club." He actively participated in the effort to complete Route 11 in southeastern Connecticut. He loved politics, and was a rabid Libertarian. Daryl so loved cats that he tracked down the great-great-grandaughter of his first and favorite Cornish Rex, Juliette and had her flown from Arizona to his home in Salem.
In addition to his parents, Daryl is survived by his great uncle Roland LaCasse of Niantic; Aunts and Uncles, Sharon and Dr. Robert Leff of Hilton Head S.C., Dr. Jeffrey Blonder and Paula Wagener of Debary Fla.; and several cousins.
He was predeceased by his uncle, Louis C. Beaudreau of Waterford.
Daryl we will miss beyond words your many talents and your passionate yet sweet nature. You will be in our hearts forever.
It is very telling that you left us on Veterans Day. You surely fought hard and with great courage the toughest of battles.
We would like to thank all of our wonderful friends, family members, and doctors who reached out to Daryl during his life and brought to him so many bright spots and so much hope. You all know who you are.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2012, in Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 181 Ocean Ave., New London, CT 06320. Interment will be private. Calling hours will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, 2012, in Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home.
Please visit www.fultontherouxnewlondon.com for photos, tributes, directions and more service information.
Donations may be made in Daryl's memory to the Niantic Rotary Foundation, P.O.Box 339, Niantic, CT 06357 for their many charities.
Published in The Day on Nov. 15, 2012