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Clifford C. Blanchard Jr

August 12, 1930 ~ November 25, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old

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CLIFFORD CHARLES BLANCHARD JR. (CLIFF)

Clifford Blanchard, 93, of Naples, FL. passed away peacefully at home on Saturday November 25, 2023. He was born in NYC on August 12, 1930 to Mabel Crawford and Clifford Charles Blanchard Sr. of Mamaroneck, NY.

He graduated from Bellows High School where he honed his photography skills on the sports fields and developed his own black and white pictures.
He went to Columbia College, 1948-1952, BA, and earned a BS in Civil Engineering at Columbia University in 1953.

In his college years, he was Co-editor in Chief with Roone Arledge, of the Columbian Yearbook, 1952, Staff Photographer for the “Columbian Daily Spectator”, 1948-1951, and Managing Editor of the Engineering Yearbook, 1953.

He was employed, 1953-1960, by the M. W. Kellogg Co., in NYC in the department of ‘structural engineering in design and construction of foundations and reinforced concrete for heavy industry’ where he specialized in soil foundations.

He was drafted into the Army in 1955 and served his two years at the Waterways Experiment Station in Jackson MS. While there, he joined the cast of “Gold in the Hills”, a melodrama performed weekends on a riverboat.

Returning to M. W. Kellog Co. when discharged, he met in 1959 and married in 1960 the former Sally Evans (Sara) from Providence, RI.

They moved to East Greenwich, RI, and in late 1960, joined St. Luke’s Episcopal Church and joined the family business, Evans Plating Corp., in North Providence. He worked under Robert Evans until he retired in 1970. Cliff then took over the reins and was President and Treasurer from 1970 - 1994, his retirement.

In 1988 they moved to Marco Island, FL and became active at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, serving as Chairman of the Building Committee in 1994 and serving two terms on the vestry. He was Co-Chairman of the Search Committee for a new Rector in 1997.

In 2000, they moved to Naples, FL and in 2009, joined St. Paul’s Episcopal Church where he ushered on Sunday’s and was a Greeter for their Farmers Market on Saturdays.

The family summered in Buttonwoods Beach, Warwick, RI in the family homestead since 1924, where he enjoyed playing Wednesday golf at the Warwick Country Club, and tennis at Buttonwoods and on Marco Island.

He was a past member of The American Society of Civil Engineers, The National Society of Professional Engineers, The National Association of Metal Finishers (NAMF), The American Electroplaters’ and Surface Finishers Society (AESF), and was on the Board of Directors and was past President of the Providence-Attleboro Branch of the Master Metal Finishers Association of New England (MMFANE).

He was ecstatic when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004, loved to travel around the globe, and was relentless about taking pictures of his children in various sports. He was happiest though, surrounded by Sally, the “love of his life”, family, friends, and a Woodford Reserve with a BadaBing cherry.

He leaves behind his wife, Sally, their daughter Betsy (Elizabeth) Rafferty, son Charlie (Clifford III), his wife Donna and three grandchildren, Drew (Clifford IV), Ali Rose and Charles; a sister in law, Mimi FIndlay of New Canaan and NYC, and two nieces, Sindi Sheers of VA, and Brook Visser of The Hague, Netherlands.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend a service of remembrance at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 3901 Davis Blvd, Naples 34104 on Friday December 1st at 3pm. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, or Avow Hospice, Inc. 1095 Whippoorwill Ln., Naples FL. 34105, or at avowcares.org

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