John R. Blanchfield Jr., 82, of Saranac Lake, died Friday, May 17, 2013, at Adirondack Medical Center.
Born in Hollis on May 26, 1930, he was the son of John and Florence (Loveday) Blanchfield Sr. John married Inger Marie Gregersen on May 26, 1984, in Tupper Lake. She predeceased him on Nov. 16, 2000.
John had been a longtime resident of the North Country, where he owned and operated the Saranac Lake Florist and Tupper Lake Farms, and had been a master clock builder and specialized in clock repair. Prior to that he had been employed by the Federal Housing Administration at various offices throughout the North Country, including Malone, Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake, until his retirement in 1975. John attended and graduated Farmingdale College in Long Island.
He is survived by two sons, John Blanchfield and his wife Melinda of Damascus, Md., and Carey Blanchfield and his wife Donna of Millington, Md.; one sister, Ellen Pinero of Johnstown; three stepchildren: Charles Botto and his wife Valerie Cookson-Botto of Saunderstown, R.I., Kimberly Botto of Albany, and Michele Studlack and her husband George Studlack III of Malone; six grandchildren: Jordan Blanchfield, George Studlack, Greg Studlack, Ellen Studlack, Isabelle Botto and Nicholas Botto; and four great-grandchildren: Kylie Torres, Karlie Torres, Cameron Torres and Brodie Blanchfield. He was preceded in death by one son, Jeffery Blanchfield.
Funeral arrangements are in care of the Fortune-Keough Funeral Home in Saranac Lake. A Mass of Christian burial will take place at noon on Monday, May 20, 2013, at the Uihlein Living Center chapel in Lake Placid with the Rev. Patrick O'Reilly officiating.
Friends wishing to remember John R. Blanchfield Jr. may make memorial contributions to Saranac Lake Youth Center or Uihlein Living Center in care of the funeral home. Family and friends can also share their memories and sign the online guestbook at fortunekeoughfuneralhome.com.