ROTTERDAM, N.Y. — William H. (Bill) Blanchard 89, of Rotterdam, died peacefully Jan. 2, 2007, at Kingsway Nursing Home. Born in Oneonta, N.Y., on May 6, 1917, Bill was the son of the late Alice and Carl Blanchard.
He moved to Schenectady at age 10 and graduated from Mont Pleasant High School in 1937. Bill married his loving wife, Marie (Fitzpatrick) Blanchard, in May 1941 and moved to Rotterdam. Bill served in the U.S. Army during World War II with the 65th Engineer Combat Battalion and saw action on the front lines in Germany.
Bill was an active member of the Calvary Baptist Church; a 50-year member of the Masons, a former Shriner and a member of the Rotterdam Elks. Bill was employed at the General Electric Company for 43 years in the Large Motor Generator Stockroom/parts Department. After retirement Bill stayed active, traveling with his wife, Marie, and spending time at the camp with his granddaughters. He was an avid golfer belonging to three different golf leagues.
Bill is predeceased by his parents; his loving wife Marie (Fitzpatrick) Blanchard; and his sister, Mildred (Blanchard) Bronk.
Bill is survived by his son, Richard (Lewellyne) Blanchard of Yorkville, N.Y.; daughter Arlene (Walter) Wojtowicz of Duanesburg, N.Y.; son Robert (Pamela) Blanchard of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; his sister, Marian (Blanchard) Allen of Rotterdam; and special friend, Mary Reynolds of Boyton Beach, Fla. Bill had nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon, Jan. 6, 2007, at 12:30 p.m. at Bond Funeral Home, Broadway and Guilderland Avenue, Schenectady. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home on Friday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Interment in Evergreen Memorial Park in Colonie, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 85 Watervliet Ave., Albany, NY 12206 or the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children Burn Institute, 51 Blossom St., Boston, MA 02114.