Palm Bay, Fla. - George E. Blatchford Jr., 51, passed away on Jan. 3, 2013, in Palm Bay, Fla.
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George was born in New London, the son of George and Jennie Blatchford Sr. George grew up in Waterford, attended local schools, and was a graduate of Waterford High School. Prior to moving to Florida in 2011, George was a local contractor in the area for many years.
"Big George" was a kind, fun loving, and generous man who never knew a stranger. He leaves many "best friends" to miss his stories, jokes, and willingness to help anyone in need. George was also an accomplished golfer and skeet shooter.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his children, Holly Blatchford of Norwich and Kyle Blatchford of Waterford; sisters, Nancy Suscella of Sarasota, Fla., and Barbara Burnett (Carl) of Melbourne, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; and his best and lifelong friend, Brian "Butch" Langley of Waterford, who George loved like a brother.
He was predeceased by a sister, Kathy Gartland.
There will be a celebration of his life at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at Langley's Restaurant, 28 Lamphere Road, Waterford.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions in George's name be made to the Kyle Blatchford Benefit Fund, c/o Liberty Bank, 165 Boston Post Road, Waterford, CT 06385.
Published in The Day on Jan. 7, 2013