Terry Lynn Blackman, 72, of Peters Township, and Bonita Springs, Fla., passed away on Veteran's Day, Thursday, November 11, 2021.
He was born October 12, 1949, in Whiteville, N.C., a son of the late Homer and the late Geraldine Blackman.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Christine "Tina"; his loving children, Shelly (Richard) Sadler, Kyle (Caitlin) Blackman, and Brooke Blackman; and his dogs, Apollo and Bulleit.
Terry served 25 years in the United States Army as chief warrant officer 4. He was in active service as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War, and he later served in the National Guard and U.S. Army Reserves.
Terry started his career as a corporate pilot, flying various jets. Along the way, he became the owner of Hot Colours, Inc., printing apparel with thermographic ink, and the owner of HCI Machines, buying and selling used manufacturing equipment. Terry owned his own plane; he used it for business and enjoyed traveling the country to visit many friends and golf courses.
Terry spent the majority of his free time golfing. He loved to golf!!! Terry was a member of Valley Brook Country Club, Southpointe Country Club, and Verandah Country Club in Florida.
After work or golf, Terry's favorite pastime was to sit on his backyard beach around the fire pit or by the pool, having a fine glass of wine or scotch, visiting with family and friends, and singing his favorite songs. Terry was a true "people" person and wanted as many friends around as possible. He truly lived and enjoyed the life he was given.
Terry is also survived by grandchildren, Brittany Sadler, Joshua Sadler; sisters, Dixie (Jimmy) Sarvis and Patricia Blackman; sisters-in-law, Gisela (Steven) Mohr, Irmgard (Richard) Green; brother-in-law, Michael (Vickie) Fiedler; nieces, Krista Lasche, Nicole (David) Beyersdorf, Natalie (Derek) Cook, Julie Greer, Erin (Matthew) Kamburowski and Sydney (Matthew) Dickman; nephews, Shannan (Paula) Thompson, Rusty Thompson, Ryan Kersey and Michael (Mary) Fiedler; grandnieces, Madison Thompson, Emma (Cory) Wright, Gabrielle Mahar, Allison Beyersdorf, Lauren Mosley, Ella Greer and Elin Fiedler; and grandnephews, Brendan Mosley, Thomas Beyersdorf, Charles Kamburowski and Jackson Kamburowski.
Terry will be buried at the National Cemetery of the Alleghenies.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gary Sinese Foundation, the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, and/or the Pittsburgh Food Bank.