Scott Blessington, 57, of Georgetown,
formerly of Ipswich, died peacefully surrounded by his family, friends &
faithful dog on Saturday, November 12, 2011 at home following a
courageous two year battle with cancer.
Born in Lynn on November 12, 1954, the
son of the James and Ruth (McIntosh) Blessington, he was raised in
Topsfield and Ipswich where he attended Ipswich High School. He went on
to graduate from North Shore Community College.
For many years he was the friendly face
behind the counter at Blessington Trophies and Awards in Topsfield and
supplied trophies and other items to many businesses, schools, families
and organizations in the area.
Scott’s passion was vintage and antique
Harley Davidson Motorcycles and he was a long time member of the
American Antique Motorcycle Association. He loved going to flea
markets around the country with his friends in search of rare and
unusual motorcycle parts as well as cruising Todd Farm early on Sunday
mornings for various vintage items. He had an incredible knowledge of
old motorcycles and could often be found restoring several at once. He
was never happier than when assisting someone with a motorcycle project
or working on his own.
For several years he enjoyed
vacationing in Florida every May and always made it a point to visit the
Palm Beach Zoo.
He had a love of music and was quite
eclectic in his taste, being especially fond of country, blues, Louis
Prima and unusual songs from the 1930's to the 1970's by groups such as
Spike Jones, Weird Al Yankovic, Tom Waites and the Bonzo Dog Doo Da Band
along with Big Band Musicians such as Glen Miller & Tommy Dorsey. He
taught himself to play the drums early on, played mostly as a hobby and
particularly admired drummers such as Buddy Rich and Keith Moon.
He will long be remembered for his
quirky humor, encyclopedic collection of jokes, his awesome tattoos, his love of cooking and
his loyalty and kindness to friends and family.
In addition to his loving long time
companion Carol Gaffney, he is survived by his parents, his brother,
Stewart Blessington and his wife Karen of Ipswich and sister Barbara
Bucklin and her fiancee Joseph Pace of Ipswich; nephews Stewart
Blessington, Alex & Caleb Bucklin, nieces Kate & Sarah Blessington, all
of Ipswich as well as several aunts, uncles & cousins. He was preceded
in death by his brother Donald Blessington.
In accordance with his wishes he will
be cremated and a memorial event will be held at a later date.
Scott was a life long resident of the
North Shore and had a deep appreciation for the wildlife - particularly
the turtles - of the area, and their habitats. Because of this, in lieu
of flowers, contributions may be made to the Massachusetts Audubon