Melvin Robert Blaquiere
Melvin Robert Blaquiere, 82, husband of Mary J. Schuman Blaquiere of
Colonial Drive in Ipswich, died Monday, December 9, 2019 at the Masconomet
Healthcare Center in Topsfield, following his long illness.
Born in Ipswich on January 17, 1937, he was the
son of the late Maurice Romeo Blaquiere and Margaret
Blaquiere, and was raised and attended
public schools in town. Melvin is an honorable US Navy veteran.
He served mainly on a Naval Icebreaker,
the USS Atka, which sailed in and around the Southern Ocean and the South
Polar Region to Antarctica in the 1950ís.
Melvin worked for the Town of Ipswich for more
than thirty years, in various roles for the Highway Dept., Water Dept., as
Officer and as Ipswich Shellfish Constable. He
loved seeing and spending time with his family, especially his many
He cherished his recent trip to Florida
to meet his great grandchild Liam.
He loved playing golf and spending time
with his friends at the Candlewood Golf Course in Ipswich.
He helped organize and host the first USS
Atka Naval reunion, which he very much looked forward to attending each
Melvin loved his hometown of Ipswich
where he had many lasting friendships.
In addition to his wife Mary of
years, whom he married in Briarcliff Manor, NY, he is survived by three
sons, George M. Martinson and wife Shelli of FL, Timothy
Martinson and wife Valarie of Melrose, Ian S. Blaquiere and wife Elizabeth
of Merrimac; two daughters: Sharon Van Ry of TX and Kelly-Anne Martinson
of Newburyport; eight grandchildren, Tara, Aron, Crystal, Timothy,
Kimberleigh, Laci, Clara, Oscar, and one great grandchild, Liam. He is
also survived by one brother, Gordon Lee
Blaquiere of Groveland; one sister, Linda
Blaquiere of Barrington, NH and many nephews and nieces. He was the
brother of the late
Romeo Francis Blaquiere formerly of
Ipswich, the late Margaret Catherine
Burns formerly of CA and the late Edith
Clock formerly of ME.
A Celebration of His Life will be held Saturday,
December 14, at 11:00am at the Immanuel Baptist Church,45 Central Street,
Ipswich with a reception to follow. Family and friends are respectfully
are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. In
lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his name may be made to
Masconomet Healthcare, 123 High Street, Topsfield, MA 01983 and or
Hathorne Hill, 13 Kirkbride Avenue, Danvers, MA 01923.
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