Henry Joseph Blanco, retired Captain of the Harahan Police Department, was joined with his late wife, Patricia Gray Blanco, on Sunday, March 16, 2014, at the age of 76. Son of the late Marcus J. Blanco and Blanche Schwab Blanco. Henry was a longtime resident of Harahan and a current resident of Amite. He served as a Reservist of the Army National Guard in his younger years. His love for motorcycles and family, coupled with serving his community as a police officer, fulfilled his life. He was a dedicated police officer, heart and soul, with the majority of his career serving the Harahan Police Department. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Charlie Leitell; his step-children: Calvin Gray (JoAnn), Edwin Gray (Cynthia), Lori Shields Knotts, Michael Shields and Christopher Shields (Christine); his grandchildren: Renee Leitell, Nicole Miller, Tara Knotts, Lindsay White, David Shields, Monica Shields, Christopher Shields, Jr., Gabriella Shields; four great grandchildren; his sisters, Jacklyn Bersoza (Filipe) and Elaine Pellegrini (Ronald) as well as many nieces and nephews, cousins and caring friends. Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial celebration of Henry's life on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4900 Airline Drive in Metairie. Visitation will begin at 11:00 am. Flowers are welcomed, however, contributions to The Hospice Foundation of the South, 501 Robert Blvd., Suite 304, Slidell, LA 70458, 985-643-5470, www.hospicefoundationofthesouth.org are preferred. If contributing, please indicate that the donation is in honor of Henry Blanco. To view and sign the online guestbook, please visit www.gardenofmemoriesfuneralhome.com.
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Published in TheNewOrleansAdvocate.com from Mar. 19 to Mar. 21, 2014