MANCHESTER - Walter Edward Blacker, 80, of Manchester, died March 6, 2014 at the Community Hospice House in Merrimack after enduring a battle with cancer. He was born in Charlestown, Mass., on May 9, 1933 the son of John J. Blacker and Ann G. (Clarke) Blacker. He grew up in Charlestown and was educated in the local school system.
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He served his country as a U.S. Air Force veteran during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, he was employed as a truck driver and was a member of the Teamsters Local 25 for over 25 years before his retirement.
Walter was married in 1959 to Alice M. Bowser and together they relocated to Somerville, Mass., where they lived for 11 years. They also lived in Reading, Mass., for 20 years before finally settling in Manchester to be closer to their children and grandchildren.
He enjoyed bowling at Lakeside Lanes in Manchester, reading, family camping and was an ardent New England Patriots fan. He was also especially proud of his annual Christmas Village display. His favorite times were spent with his wife visiting Nubble Lighthouse in York Beach, Maine. He will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather.
He was predeceased by his wife of 52 years Alice M. Blacker in 2011.
Members of his family include his four daughters Carole Picard and her husband Leo of Manchester, Margaret "Peg" Blacker also of Manchester, Christine Adcock and her husband George of Newton, and Sandra Dion and her husband Matthew of Pembroke, his son Kevin Blacker and his wife Wendy of Henniker, his seven grandchildren Pamela Picard of Peabody, Mass., Drew Picard of Manchester, Jacqui Blacker, Leanne Blacker and Devin Blacker all of Henniker, Glenn Dion and Joshua Dion both of Pembroke. He is survived by his three brothers William and his wife Theresa of York, Maine, Robert and his wife Joanne of Haverhill, Mass., Donald of Kittery, Maine, and his sister Kathleen Thompson of Manchester, as well as many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his brothers Richard, John and Paul, as well as his sisters Margaret Prendergast and Barbara Wilkinson
services: Visitation will be held on Monday, March 10 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the McHugh Funeral Home, 283 Hanover St., corner of Beech Street, Manchester. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, March 11, at 10 a.m. in St. Peter Church 567 Manchester Road, Auburn. Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made in Walter's name to the Community Hospice House, Development Office, 7 Executive Park Drive, Merrimack, 03054. Condolences may be offered at www.mchughfuneralhome.com.
Published in Union Leader on Mar. 8, 2014