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Thomas Edwin Blackler Sr.

April 2, 1932 ~ May 30, 2020 (age 88)


Thomas Edwin Blackler Sr., 88, of Newington, passed away Saturday, May 30, 2020, at the Southington Care Center due to complications of coronavirus.

Thomas was born on April 2, 1932, in Westerly Rhode Island, son to the late Henry and Annie (O’Conell) Blackler. Prior to moving to Newington, Thomas lived in Plainville where he raised his family with his wife of nearly 60 years, Joan, who predeceased him in 2011. They can now be reunited in eternal glory. Tom retired from the State of CT and spent his retirement years enjoying travel and gardening. Thomas was a man of great faith. He prayed the rosary daily and preferred to live a simple life full of positivity. He was a fun and loving person with a quick wit that will be remembered by all that knew him. He maintained this positivity and humor throughout his recent ordeal bringing a smile to those who cared for him.

Thomas is survived by his son, Thomas Edwin Blackler Jr. and his wife, Diane, of Overland Park, Kansas, his daughters, Gerrie Wood and her husband, Ed, of Piermont, New Hampshire, and Debbie Carpenter and her husband, John, of Newington; his grandchildren, Shawn Brown (Sarah) and Eric Carpenter; a great-grandson Logan, and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brother, Henry Blackler Jr. and his two sisters, Thomasine Olson and Virginia Shaw.

A Catholic funeral mass will be celebrated at The Church of Saint Dominic in Southington on Friday, June 26th at 10:30 a.m., with burial to follow in Saint Thomas Cemetery, Southington. Relatives and friends may call at the Bailey Funeral Home, 48 Broad Street, Plainville, from 9:00 to 10:00 am on Friday. The family would like to thank the competent and compassionate team at the Southington Care Center for the loving care they provided to Thomas during this challenging time, and the staff at Middlewoods of Newington, who enriched his life these past two years. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to The Church of Saint Dominic, 1050 Flanders Rd, Southington, CT 06489. 

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June 26, 2020

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Bailey Funeral Home
48 Broad Street
Plainville, CT 06062

Mass of Christian Burial
June 26, 2020

10:30 AM
St. Dominic Church
1050 Flanders Rd
Southington, CT 06489

June 26, 2020

St. Thomas Cemetery
209 Bellevue Ave
Southington, CT


The Church of Saint Dominic
1050 Flanders Rd, Southington CT 06489
Tel: 1-860-628-0349

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