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Terence Robinson Blackwood

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Terence Robinson Blackwood Obituary

Terence Robinson Blackwood, 93, former executive of the The Hartford Insurance Group, avid sailor, pilot, farmer, hunter, and veteran, died early Wednesday morning, September 27, 2017, at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, CT. He had been living at Caleb-Hichcock at Duncaster in Bloomfield, CT with his wife of more than 39 years, Elizabeth (Bette) Dawson Oot Blackwood. Born September 4, 1924, to Arthur Temple Blackwood and Sarah Goodwin Robinson Blackwood, Terence (Terry) Blackwood was christened at Trinity Church, Hartford, and lived his early years with his younger brother, Matthew Temple (Tim) Blackwood (deceased), on Long Island, NY and in Northern Ireland before the family moved to Fairview Farm in Centreville on the Eastern Shore of Maryland in 1932. Terry attended Lawrence School (NY), Gunston Farm School (MD), St. James School (MD where he was also confirmed), and graduated from Culver Military Academy '42 (IN) with a commission as a 2nd Lieutenant Infantry from high school directly into the US Army, 9/19/1942 where he served with the 101 A/B Div, 13A/B Div, A/B Comnd Hq, the Infantry School, Ft. Benning, Philippines in 1945 with the 158th Regt'l Combat Team, and Japan Occupation, honorably discharged from Active Duty 7/01/1946, US Army Reserves 1946-1963, 1st Maryland Inf, 319th Parachute Inf. Regt, and retired 1963, Major Inf-USAR. After returning from Active Duty, Terry signed on as a Special Agent for the Hartford Accident & Indemnity Company in Baltimore (9/9/1946) until he moved his family to the home office for the Hartford Insurance Group in Hartford, CT in 1967. He remained with the Hartford Insurance Group throughout his career until retirement as an Assistant Secretary of the Property and Casualty 7/1/1983. During that time he continued his education at McCoy College, Johns Hopkins University ('48-50 and '64-'76) with studies in business. On October 10, 1942, Terry married his first wife, Gertrude (Trudy) Stoddart Butler Blackwood (deceased) of Rydal, PA, in All Hallows Episcopal Church, Wyncote, PA. They had four children, Elizabeth Anne Blackwood Stafford, John Temple Blackwood, Kathleen Stoddart Blackwood Hayward, and Gertrude Robinson Blackwood White Campbell, all of whom are married and have children. After being widowed February 14, 1977, Terry married Elizabeth Dawson Oot on June 11, 1978 in St. Johns Episcopal Church, Walpole, NH and added her five children Christopher Van Oot, Martha Van Oot, Peter Van Oot, Laura Van Oot Sheridan, and Betsy Van Oot and their spouses and children to his family. After retiring, Terry and Bette moved back to Fairview Farm in Centreville, Maryland (1986) where they farmed, flew their small plane, sailed the Chesapeake and its rivers, hosted their ever-growing family of children and grandchildren, and volunteered in the local community. He was a life-long active member of the Corsica River Yacht Club from its founding, a delegate to the CBYRA, member of the Potapskut Sailing Association (1951-1965), a member and officer of the Ice Club of Baltimore, Inc. (1958-1967), member of the Charter Oak Figure Skating Club, Hartford Golf Club, Dauntless Club, Talbot Country Club, Chester River Yacht & Country Club. Terry served as a Board member of the Hartford Symphony Society, member and Treasurer of the Hartford School of Music (Conservatory), and a Board member of the Eastern Shore Land Conservatory, Inc. He also served as a member of the Vestry of Trinity Church (Hartford), and Senior Warden and Vestry member of St. Paul's Parish (Centreville). While farming in Centreville, Terry was a member of the Queen Anne's County Farm Bureau, Maryland Grain Producers, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, the American Legion (Jeff Davis Post #18), and MISGA. Terry is survived by his wife, Bette, of 39 years, their nine children and spouses/partners, their many grandchildren, and a growing number of great-grand-children. He lived a long and happy life embracing his community, church, and family with love and support. In the words of one grand-child: "Grandad lived life with enthusiasm and positive energy which with his deep faith allowed him to accomplish nearly everything he ever wanted to do." There will be a memorial celebration of Terry's life on Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church in Hartford, CT, with a gathering of family and friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in honor of Terry can be made to Trinity Church, 120 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT 06105. Expressions of sympathy may be added to the Carmon Community Funeral Home website by visiting http://www.carmonfuneralhome.com .

Published in The Hartford Courant on Oct. 1, 2017
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