Waterford - Richard "Dick" Blaise, 69, died unexpectedly at his home in Quaker Hill on Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012.
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Dick was born in New London, on May 16, 1943, to the late Ernest and Viola (Letendre) Blaise. He graduated from high school and worked at Sears as a mechanic for his first job. Being a mechanic never left him as he spent his life with the ability to fix anything and everything. He took pride in everything he did. He owned his own electrical contracting business and worked at Electric Boat for 17 years, until his retirement. Like his father before him, he worked on many world's first submarines. Dick received a commendation from I.B.E.W. for saving a co-worker's life after an incident in the battery well of one of the boats at E.B. while he worked there. He also worked for "Big Jim", one of his closest friends at Blonder's, delivering parts. He and "Big Jim" rarely missed Tuesday morning breakfast over the last 15 years.
He was known to never pass a yard sale, flea market, or antique shop without stopping. He was an avid collector of antique Buicks, Buick memorabilia, and antique toasters. He was a member of the Yankee Yesteryear Car Club, Buick Club of America, 53/54 Buick Skylark Club, Buick Rivera Club, and Buick Modified Club. He also liked horses and collecting harnesses and carts for his wife, Leah. He enjoyed many things including being a longtime member of the New London Motorcycle Club where he held the position of club president seven times. He raced motorcycles placing second in New England in the late 1960s in enduros.
While enjoying life, Dick always had a soft spot in his heart for children, riding for the last 20 years in the Christmas Toy Run at Camp Harkness and providing children with rides in his sidecar. He was known for lighting up his house and property with blue lights at Christmas time when he lived on Route 85. He was particularly proud of watching his sons race at Thompson Speedway.
Dick is survived by his wife, Leah (Smith); his sons, Brian and Marcie Blaise of Colchester, Dennis and Jackie Blaise of Quaker Hill; brothers, Donald of Pulaski, N.Y., Henry Blaise of Meriden; grandchildren, Danielle, Jessica, and Conner; along with several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday at the Montville Funeral Home of Church and Allen, 53 Norwich-New London Turnpike, Uncasville. Burial will take place with a graveside service at noon on Friday at Elm Grove Cemetery, Mystic.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the 53-54 Buick Skylark Club, www.skylarkclub.org
To leave a condolence, please visit www.montvillefuneralhome.com
Published in The Day on Aug. 28, 2012