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Allen H. Blood

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Allen Holt Blood, 70, of Norwood, formerly of Wrentham and Medfield, died Thursday, February 6th at his home. Born in Nashua, NH, on January 3, 1944, and raised in Pepperell, MA he was the son of the late William Newton and Mildred (Holt) Blood. Allen was a member of the first graduating class of North Middlesex High School in Townsend, MA. Allen earned a Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia Wesleyan College and an MS and CAGS in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University. Allen met his beloved wife Bettina "Tina" (Bias) Blood of Point Pleasant, WV in college and they were the fifth couple to marry in Wesley Chapel on campus in 1967. After beginning his career briefly as a researcher at the Jimmy Fund, Allen decided to pursue a career helping people with disabilities through the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission where he reached the position of Area Director and retired with more than 30 years of service in 2003. He was a 56 year survivor of childhood cancer and one of the first Jimmy Fund patients of Dr. Sidney Farber. While the challenge of losing a left arm and shoulder to cancer was significant, Allen learned at a young age that physical challenges could be overcome by spiritual resolve. Considering his survival a rare gift and opportunity, he invested his survivorship time to advance the good work of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute by mentoring, counseling and speaking to patients and their families and has touched many lives. This spring, he was part of a group of Jimmy Fund cancer survivors, one from each decade, honored by the Red Sox to celebrate their 60 year partnership with the Jimmy Fund, throwing out the first pitch of the 2013 championship season. Allen was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Medfield and President of the Board of Directors of Fairbanks House in Dedham. Allen was a life member of the Sons of the American Revolution, The Fairbanks Family in America, Wesleyan Society and the Dana-Farber Society. For his lifetime achievements in volunteerism and selfless service to his community, his alma mater honored him with the Alumni Achievement Award in 2007. With his beloved wife of Tina by his side, Allen demonstrated loving fatherhood to Jeffrey Blood and his wife, Charesse of MD, Heather and her husband, David Godfrey of PA, and Christopher Blood and his fianc, Laura Hennessy of Attleboro; the cherished grandfather of Cody, Casey, Madison, Blake and Sidney; the dear brother of William, Richard and Robert Blood and Carol Toomey, and the uncle of many nieces and nephews. His legacy on this earth is evident in those that knew him and continue to live by his example of selfless service to his family, friends, and fellow man; a reflection of his love for the Lord. Visiting Hours will be held on Sunday, February 9th from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Gillooly Funeral Home, 126 Walpole St., NORWOOD. A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, February 10th at 11:00 AM at the First Baptist Church, 438 Main Street, Medfield, MA. Private burial will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery, Pepperell, MA in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Allen's memory to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via www.dana-farber.org or First Baptist Church, PO Box 205, Medfield, MA 02052 or to the Fairbank Family in America, Inc., 511 East Street, Dedham, MA 02026 or at www.fairbankshouse.org. Arrangements by Gillooly Funeral Home Norwood, 781-762-0174, www.gilloolyfuneralhome.com

Published in The Country Gazette from Feb. 10 to Feb. 17, 2014
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