Basil Barton Blanchard III

08/13/1940 - 03/20/2018

Obituary for Basil Barton Blanchard III

Bart Blanchard (Basil Barton Blanchard III) passed away on March 20, 2018. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 13, 1940. While he resided in Denver, Colorado since 2009, Bart was a proud New Englander since birth.

Bart is survived, and will be missed dearly, by his wife of nearly 50 years, June (Mowbray) Blanchard and his daughter Brenna Campbell, son-in-law David Campbell (Round Rock, TX) and their five children; Timothy, Ruth, Priscilla, Mary and Phoebe; daughter Courtney O'Shea and son-in-law, Sean O'Shea (Centennial, CO) and their four children Molly, Finn, Tatum and Maiti. He was the oldest of his four surviving siblings, Albert Blanchard, Maryl Blanchard, Joyce Stanton and Sharon Magnifico.

Bart graduated from the Boston Latin School in 1958 and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Columbia University (New York) in 1963. He worked as a civil engineer for many years in Connecticut and New York, retiring from the City of Boston as chief building inspector. Over the years, Bart’s family has made residence in Setauket, NY and New Canaan, CT.

Bart was involved in sports his whole life; playing football for Columbia University, as well as semi-professional football with the Boston Chippewas. He was a die-hard fan of the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox, and he loved coaching Pop Warner football in Connecticut.

In 2009, Bart and June moved to Denver, Colorado, where he enjoyed his time reading, brewing beer, baking bread, playing cribbage, curling and sharing wisdom around the dining room table with his grandchildren. For many years, Bart and his family spent summer vacations on Cape Cod making wonderful memories.

We were blessed to learn many valuable lessons from Dad during his 77 years, among them: how to make a delicious loaf of bread, how to "snap a line" to pour a straight foundation, how to gather the right amount of treasures from the town dump to build the most fantastic fort, and how to drive a stick shift in a VW bug, on a hill. More importantly, though, he taught his family to be lifelong learners, how to listen more than we speak and how to persevere and remain strong under adversity.

We will be celebrating his life, Saturday, March 31st, in a private family gathering in Colorado. In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to the South Boston Neighborhood House, known as “The Ollie”, which has supported youth and families in South Boston for over 117 years. Or by mail: 136 H Street, South Boston, MA 02127.

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"Bart was one of my best pals at the Denver Cribbage Club, I always looked forward to Tuesday evenings when I would chat it up with Bart on the Boston sports scene, past and present before we played crib. He had such a wealth of knowledge about the subject. I will really miss commiserating with such a kindred soul so to speak. Please extend my condolences to the entire Family. Right now it's hard for me to fight back the tears. Rest in peace Bart." Bobby Brown
- Bobby Brown
June and family, we are shocked and so sorry to hear about Bart's passing. The one thing Dan and I will always remember is Bart's BIG smile and cheerful hello whenever we would see him at the kiosk or elsewhere. When you extended your home to us Christmas Eve we saw his warmth through your children and grandchildren. He was so happy to be with his family and friends. Our most tender thoughts are with you June.
- ilene and dan
I enjoyed playing cribbage with Bart. He was always happy. I will miss him. Caryl Weber
- Caryl Weber
As a member of the Denver cribbage club I'll miss seeing Bart every Tuesday evening. He was so personable and pleasant and always a gentleman and great competitor. Besides our weekly cribbage match, we had many delightful conversations about sports, building inspectors and a myriad of other topics on the one night a month we had dinner together. Know all of us at the club are going to miss him deeply.
- Roger Wilson
June, I was so sorry to learn about your loss of Bart. With curling taking a place in the Olympics I think back to the night we went to see him play and it was my first time watching a curling match. It was so nice to know you when you were in S. Boston and hard to believe you've been gone 9 years already. It's a whole new place as I'm sure you've heard. I have my house on the market and will move to Portland, Maine as soon as it sells. Best to you and your family during this difficult time. Marcia
- Marcia Campbell
We are very sorry for the loss of Bart. He was a great man. Our deep condolences to the family.
- Tarek Nabhan

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