Henry William "Bill" Blindow Jr.
1925 - 2020
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Henry William "Bill" Blindow Jr., 95, of Derby, VT passed away at his home on December 4, 2020. He was born on November 24, 1925 in Trenton, NJ to Henry William Blindow Sr. and Rose Marie (Branchette) Blindow. On August 21, 1954 he married Beverly J. (Drake) Blindow.

Mom and dad celebrated 64 years of marriage. Dad was a family man and really amazing. When money was tight, he would just go out and get another job. He sold cars, worked at the Post Office, managed the Metuchen, New Jersey Municipal Pool, and ran basketball clinics for the kids in town on Saturdays. His career was being a Physical Education teacher from 1954-1986 and head basketball coach of a highly successful basketball program at Metuchen High School. Despite all these jobs, dad always managed to watch his kids participate in sports activities. After retirement from Metuchen High School, dad became assistant women's basketball coach at Rutgers University where he was proud to say that Rutgers won the AIAW Women's National Championship.

Dad graduated from Metuchen High School, served in the United States Navy from September 7, 1943 until his honorable discharge on April 26, 1946. He was very proud of his service in the South Pacific. Upon his discharge dad attended Arnold College and received his teaching degree.

Once mom and dad were married, they lived in Metuchen, New Jersey until 1986 when they moved to Cudjoe Key, Florida. In 1990, they moved to Englewood, Florida. Finally, in 2006, they settled in Derby, Vermont. In Vermont, dad learned he had a knack for creativity and refinishing coffee tables which he proudly sold at the Newport Farmer's Market in Newport, VT. Mom and dad really loved their time on Echo and Seymore Lakes. Dad was a proud member of the VFW Post 798 in Newport, Elks Lodge in Newport, American Legion Post 21 in Newport, where he was a member for 75 years, and the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Newport, where he had many close friends.

He is survived by his children Kip Blindow and his wife Kathleen of Morgan, Kirk Blindow of Derby, and Kendall Carro and her husband Anthony of Metuchen, New Jersey, by his grandchildren, Kyle Blindow and his fiancé Sarah, Keenon Blindow and his wife Kelsey, Kaylana Blindow, Kajsa Blindow and Michael Carro, 2 great grandchildren Kooper and Tristan. He especially loved when they got to visit and was very proud of all of them, and we can't forget his Golden Retriever Kodi.

He was predeceased by his wife Beverly J. Blindow, daughter Kenna Lee Blindow and sisters Peggy Townsend and Rose Horn.

Friends may call from 3:00-5:00 P.M. on Saturday December 12, 2020 at the Curtis-Britch & Bouffard Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road in Newport. A service will follow at 5:00 P.M. with pastor Glenn Saaman officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Newport Eagles, 56 Eagle Nest Drive, Newport, VT 05855, VFW Post 798, 141 Central Street, Newport, VT 05855, or the American Legion Post 21, P.O. Box 304, Newport, VT 05855. Online condolences may be made at curtis-britch.com. Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Curtis-Britch & Bouffard Funeral Home, & Cremation service, locally family owned and operated.


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Published in Newport Daily Express from Dec. 7 to Dec. 8, 2020.
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December 23, 2020
I have so many fond memories of my time spent with Bill. We worked together in the Metuchen School System and managed the Metuchen pool together. Bill was responsible for us finding the NEK. When working together at the pool, he took his day off and headed to the NEK. He purchased land, built a house and subsequently we followed his lead. My entire family is firmly connected to the NEK and we are thankful to Bill for leading us here. On the rainy days at the pool we shared many laughs and many thoughts of business adventures together. I will always cherish those times. Susan and I express our sincere condolences to the entire Blindow family. Bill was very special. His memory as a kind, compassionate, thoughtful, man will live on.
Frank and Susan Antonelli
Friend
December 19, 2020
I enjoyed talking to Bill at the dog park. What a nice man.
Frank Drauszewski
December 13, 2020
My sincere condolences to the Blindow family. Coach was an incredible man and an inspiration to me. Always pushing to get the most out of his players and having the technique to inspire. I know he had physical toughness and mental preparedness linked. It was President Kennedy's youth fitness program where he told me I could get the gold shirt if I really wanted to be the best. Thanks coach, never forget you
Robert Lodge
December 12, 2020
I want to send my condolences to the Blindow family. Your dad, "coach" taught me about life while mentoring me in playing basketball and eventually leading me to coach as well. He gave so much to Metuchen over years from the Saturday clinics to running the municipal pool. I will miss him dearly.
Frederick Lodge
Friend
December 12, 2020
My deepest condolences. The years at Metuchen Municipal Pool were priceless. I will never forget your Dad's advice "Earn money so you can go to college". God Bless.
Chuck Lewandowski
Friend
December 11, 2020
Kip, Kirk, and Family,
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We enjoyed our visits with your Dad after all the football games and the many times he stopped by our store. We are away and unable to see you on Saturday, but please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Dave & Beth Bouffard
Friend
December 10, 2020
Kip, Kirk,and Family,
Sending our sincere sympathies for your loss.
Robert & Leslie Bishop
Leslie Bishop
December 10, 2020
So sorry for your loss.
Marilyn Mientka
Friend
December 9, 2020
I only met your dad a couple times, but his bigger than life personality surely stuck with me. I am keeping all of the Blindow family in my thoughts, but especially the two Mr.B's.
Kim McCarthy
Coworker
December 9, 2020
I didn't know Bill very well but I loved hearing stories about him from his sons. I hope I'll be hearing more stories about Bill and Beverly. God Bless You All. Joanne and Dave
Joanne Wursthorn
Coworker
December 9, 2020
LEGEND! What a positive impact coach had on so many players and students. Taught me how to shoot a foul shot in 6th grade at Franklin School. Been reaching in to the cookie jar ever since:) RIP Mr. Blindow. Love to all his family. Go Bulldogs!
Hayes Reilly
Student
December 9, 2020
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Richard DePasquale
December 9, 2020
Coach Blindow’s passion for helping, mentoring and teaching will never be forgotten. I first knew him as a PE teacher in Franklin Middle School in Metuchen. His encouragement to play basketball (I loved football and baseball) allowed me to not only find a “new” sport but be a proud member of the Basketeers! ...where we proudly displayed some Globetrotter-like skills...even once during the half time at a Knick game at the Garden. To all of his past students, our prayers are with the Family. Rest easy Coach...you did well.
Jim Heal
Student
December 8, 2020
Dear Blindow family: my condolences on the passing of “Coach” as i very fondly remember him. A life well-lived. I met coach when I was in junior high school in Metuchen and never missed his Saturday morning clinics. He stoked in me a lifelong love of basketball, but more importantly influenced my life in positive ways. My connection to coach continued through high school when I played for him at MHS (class of 1973), a couple of years ahead of Kip. Coach was a great mentor to me and others and I smile at many memories of his skills as a coach his humor, and and life lessons. Two things he liked to say that I remember was “don’t be a lawyer“ (I’m a lawyer!) and “we all go uptown together.” To you, coach.
Gary Kinyon
Student
December 8, 2020
Mr. Blindow was my basketball coach, teacher, and boss at the Metuchen Municipal Pool. He was the best coach that any of us could ask for and was never anything but kind to me.
Jim Markey
MHS Class of ‘71
Jim Markey
Student
December 8, 2020
Hello , I am sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He lived a rich a varied life. I knew him in high school (MHS) and mostly from the town pool were I was a guard and the swim team coach for 2 years. He was a man to pattern your life after. Please accept my condolences
Betsy Rowe Dunn
Student
December 8, 2020
Hello , I am sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He lived a rich a varied life. I knew him in high school (MHS) and mostly from the town pool were I was a guard and the swim team coach for 2 years. He was a man to pattern your life after. Please accept my condolences
Betsy Rowe Dunn
Student
December 7, 2020
To all of the Blindow family and especially the grandchildren, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope all those wonderful remembrances will be a blessing.
Steve Farrow
Teacher
December 7, 2020
Our sympathies to all of you. Keeping both "Mr. B's" in our thoughts and prayers.
Terri & Derek Medley
Acquaintance
December 7, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Rudy & Marlene Percy
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