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Roger D. Blanchette

Roger D. Blanchette,  68, beloved husband of Cynthia M. (Kuc) Blanchette,  passed away peacefully in his Ipswich home surrounded by his loving family on Friday evening July 1, 2011 after a lengthy illness.  

Roger was born and raised in Salem, the son of the late Oscar and Rosanna (Lavoie) Blanchette. A graduate of St. Mary's High School in Lynn, he went on to further his education at Salem Commercial Business School. After his graduation in 1962, Roger was employed at Beverly Hospital for  thirty-five years where  he was instrumental in the hospital's growth until his retirement.

 Roger enjoyed music of all kinds, he was listening to Neil Young's concert 'A Heart of Gold' when he peacefully passed. Before his illness he loved attending concerts with his wife, children, and friends. Roger was an avid golfer for many years and was an enthusiastic Boston sports fan. He loved life to the fullest. A forty year resident of Ipswich, Roger coached, and managed both minor and major Little League teams. 

Roger was a very devoted family man, and loving husband to his beloved wife for forty-seven years. In addition to his wife he is survived by three amazing children whom he was so proud of, Scott D. Blanchette and his wife Joanne Blanchette of Ocoee, Florida, Lori J. Barth of Gloucester and Michelle  B. Harubin and her husband K. Paul Harubin of Plaistow, N.H.; five Grandchildren who meant the world to him and made his life a joy, Eric S. Barth, of Ipswich,  Nichole A. Barth, of Rowley, and Kenneth A. Harubin II, Daniel P. Harubin and Thomas M. Harubin, all of Plaistow, N.H., and two precious great-grandchildren who were his little pride and joys, Kailee Nichole Barth, of Ipswich and John Anthony DiMambro, of Rowley;  a brother Richard and many cousins, good friends, and acquaintances.. Roger was so very excited to hear the recent wonderful news  that a new little great-grandchild is on his/her way and due in January. To Roger, family was everything, that is what life was all about to him, his family. He will be missed beyond words. 

Private arrangements are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. Roger has respectfully requested that family and friends who wish to make a memorial contribution send donations in his name to the Hospice of the North Shore, 75 Sylvan Street, Suite B-102, Danvers, MA 01923.

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