Gerald “Jerry” S. Blanchard, 76, died Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Manchester, of a sudden illness surrounded by his loving family. Born on Dec. 24, 1941, in Washington, the son of Sherley Blanchard and Theda Mae Houghton.
He was the adoring husband of Sonia M. (Parra) Blanchard. They were married Dec. 18, 1997, in Marco Island, Fla. Jerry attended Hillsborough-Deering High School. He served in the Army National Guard and Washington Fire Department; received his Associates Degree at the New Hampshire Technical Institute and is Bachelors with The University of New Hampshire in electrical engineering, serving his lifetime in telecommunications. He was an avid amateur radio operator serving as the Assistant Emergency Coordinator for the Capital Area Amateur Radio Emergency Services (CAARES), where he provided group-wide home electronic automatic notification systems utilizing his expertise and equipment from Exacom. This was before the days of smart phones.
He was a member of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, hiking, scuba diving and generally being outdoors.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Sonia of Concord; stepfather, Don Hartlen; sister, Sherlene (Doddy) Fisher and husband, Ray Fisher; brother, Donnie Hartlen; two daughters, Vicki Blanchard of Hillsborough and Denyse Blanchard of Suatee, Ga.; two sons, Gerald Blanchard Jr. of Georgia and Angelo Florez of Medellin, Colombia. Grandchildren, Jessica Crane, Benjamin Crane, Cassi-Mae Gelinas, Preston Biggers and Cameron St. John. Great-grandsons, Gabriel Gelinas, Michael Crane, Parker Gelinas and Nichols Crane, as well as nieces and nephews, loving in-laws and close friends. He will be greatly missed.
A graveside service will held Friday, May 25, at 2:30 p.m. at the NH Veteran’s Cemetery in Boscawen.
In lieu of flowers memorial contribution may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
((This Obituary was taken from the Concord Monitor. If you have any pictures of Jerry, please e-mail them to me – KB1WTI))