WINCHENDON - Richard V. Blodgett, 81, of Winchendon, died peacefully Friday afternoon, November 12, 2021 in Wachusett Manor Nursing Home, Gardner, with his family at his side.
He was born in Gardner on February 13, 1940, son of the late George Vaughn and Irene (Urbanski) Blodgett and was a 1958 graduate of Murdock High School. Dick lived for many years in Winchendon, where he served as a volunteer firefighter and lieutenant on the Winchendon Fire Department for 40 years.
Dick was an active member of the Winchendon community and had been a member of the Winchendon Boosters Club, Operation Winchendon Cares and Winchendon JC's. Dick and his wife spent many years as members of the Clark Memorial, involved in sporting activities such as bowling, softball and hockey. Additionally, Dick enjoyed hunting, fishing and jogging. In recent years, Dick was a van driver for Van Pool. He was a member of the United Parish and The Red Knights.
Dick worked at Simplex Time Recorder for many years until his retirement. In earlier years, he worked at Blodgett and Son Western Auto and Winchendon Laundromat. He and his wife Betty enjoyed spending time at their camp at Old Orchard Beach for 60 years. They also enjoyed attending sporting events of their grandchildren. His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family.
He leaves his wife of 62 years, Betty Jane (Sibley) Blodgett; five children, Deborah deLongchamp and husband Brian, Brenda J. Blodgett, Julie Eyles and husband Raymond, Richard V. Blodgett Jr and wife Cheryl and Matthew Blodgett; nine grandchildren, Betty Jane and husband James, Ariel, Damian, Raymond 3rd and wife Hali, Zachary and wife Ashley, Taylor, Phoenix, Payton and Lincoln; five great grandchildren, J.R., Milo-Vaughn, Carter, Amber and Asher and many nieces and nephews. A sister, Sheila Bottone, preceded him in death.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 4 to 8 P.M. in Eugene M. Connor Post #193 American Legion.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the United Parish, 39 Front Street, Winchendon, MA 01475.
Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon is directing arrangements.