Dwight C. Blondin Jr. (1941 - 2018)

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MIDDLESEX - Dwight Campbell Blondin Jr., 76, of Middlesex, Vermont, passed away on Aug. 28, 2018, after a brief, heart-related illness, at Central Vermont Medical Center. Dwight was born Oct. 12, 1941, in Hartford, Connecticut, to Ann Cummings Blondin and Dwight Campbell Blondin Sr.
He grew up in Barre, Vermont, the oldest of 11 brothers and sisters. He attended Barre schools, graduating from Spaulding High School in 1960. After high school, Dwight was in the Navy and Reserves from 1960-1966.
After the Navy, Dwight and his family settled in the Burlington, Vermont, area. He attended Champlain College, graduating in 1973. Shortly thereafter, he secured a position at the CCTA in Burlington, as the operations manager. He remained at CCTA for 20 years and then continued in the transportation field in a position he was fond of, helping special needs individuals learn to ride the bus. Finally, the last few years before retirement, he worked at IBM is Essex Junction, Vermont. It was here, through a good friend, he met his wife, Patty, and through her work at WCSU, he became a substitute teacher. He especially enjoyed working with special needs students.
Dwight had an infectious smile, was extremely generous, and had a true appreciation for life and nature. He loved sports. He was an avid golfer, and loyal fan to the NY Giants and the Boston Red Sox. He was a dedicated hunter and fisherman and more often than not, he got a deer each season. Dwight was a loyal Elks member for 40-plus years. Most importantly, Dwight loved spending time with his wife, daughters, family, friends and neighbors. He was adored by all and will be remembered as fun, full of personality and a cool dad.
Dwight is survived by his wife of 12 years, Patty Blondin, of Middlesex, Vermont, and his stepdaughter, Michelle Roya, of Morrisville, Vermont; two daughters, Kara Pillsbury and her husband, Darrin, of Essex Junction, Vermont, Erina Blondin, of San Jose, California; the mother of his two daughters, Joann Papin; four grandchildren, Kendra and Taylor Pillsbury, Forrest and Brooke Scharmer; seven siblings, Edward Blondin and his wife, Marcia, Judith Dunn and her husband, Gary, Stephen Blondin and his wife, Joan, Kenneth Blondin, William Blondin and his wife, Kathy, Susan Garcia and Allen Blondin; a mother-in-law, Julie Desautels; three sisters-in-law, Kathleen Fontaine and her husband, Robert, Deb Peters and her husband, Ed, Carol Smiley and her husband, Eric; as well as an aunt, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and their families.
He was predeceased by his mother, Ann Cummings Blondin, and father, Dwight Campbell Blondin Sr.; three siblings Patricia Massey, Gerald Blondin and Robert Blondin; and his father in-law, William Desautels.
Donations can be made to any of the following charities: The , 110 Main St., Burlington, VT 05401; or The , 55 Day Lane, Williston, VT 05495.
Family and friends are invited to attend Dwight's military burial at Resurrection Park in South Burlington, Vermont, on Thursday, Sept. 20, at 1 p.m. Family and friends are also invited to attend a memorial and luncheon to celebrate Dwight's life at noon on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Barre Elks Club in Barre, Vermont.
Arrangements made by Stephen C. Gregory & Son.
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Published in Times Argus on Sept. 8, 2018
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