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“I remember Mr. Blanchard well and how intelligent, steady, fair, and honorable he was.. a true gentleman. We need more men like him... and we need...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Pam Wood - Stoneham, MA

“Arthur was my freshman baseball coach and my science teacher. He once pulled me into the hall and pushed me off my feet against the wall. I never...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Phillip Steer - Boxford, MA

“1966 Freshman year science at Melrose High, a teacher I loved and admired. I got to know Art more 5 years later when I was dating Anne, learning to...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Bob Savage - Melrose, MA - friend

“As a student/athlete at Portsmouth, NH High School during 1953-1954 I, and many others, had the privilege, honor and pleasure of being taught in the...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: James L. Custer - Exeter, NH

“Anne, I just learned of your dad's passing from my brother Jeff. From my heart to yours, I remmber and value the relationship of his friendship he...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Doug Robinson - Melrose, MA

“I am sorry to hear that Mr. Blanchard has passed away. He was my science teacher in 1962. He was always friendly. John Archacki,New Harmony,Indiana. ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: John Archacki - New Harmony, IN

“Ed and Family, I am sorry to hear about your Dads passing he was a great teacher. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Dennis Monello - Waltham, MA

“I was fortunate to visit with Uncle Art and Aunt Loraine on many occasions with my mom, Yvonne. When the two of them got together it was as if time...Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Tracey Schultes - Sicklerville, NJ

“Rest in peace. ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Gus Schultes111

Yvonne's children “Remembered as a good solid man. ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Gus Schultes 111 - Woodbury, NJ

“Mr. Blanchard was like a second dad to me growing up.I will never forget all the times I spent with the Blanchard family.Vacations,dinners ,...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Carol (O'Toole) Sullivan - NH

“Dad, You will always be in my heart. You were a wonderful father and role model to so many of my fellow students at MHS, many before me, and many...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Anne Bartlett - Port Richey, FL


Mr. Arthur H. Blanchard, a resident of Melrose, passed away on Sunday, April 15, 2012, at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital. He was 89 years of age.

Arthur was born on June 23, 1922 in Worcester, one of nine children of the late Arthur H. Blanchard and Eglantine (Desrosiers) Blanchard. Raised and educated in Arlington, Arthur graduated from Arlington High School and attended LaSalle Military Academy in New York before serving his country in the US Army. He received a Purple Heart for his actions while serving during World War II. After an honorable discharge, he returned home graduating from Bates College where he lettered in football.

From 1957 until retiring in 1982, Mr. Blanchard was a Melrose High School Science Teacher and a Coach for Melrose Football, Hockey, and Baseball. Arthur filled his spare time by working with his hands. He especially enjoyed furniture refinishing, and house painting.

Beloved husband of Lauraine (Desjardins) Blanchard with whom he shared 62 years of marriage. Devoted father of Anne Bartlett and her late husband Jack of Port Richey, FL, and Edward A. Blanchard of Melrose. Dear brother of Richard Blanchard of Winthrop, ME, and the late Edwin Blanchard, Doris Limerick, Norma MacDonald, Donald Blanchard, Janet Preston, Yvonne Schultes, and Linden Blanchard. Cherished grandfather of Kirk Welch of New Port Richey, FL, and Erica Parker of Port Richey, FL. Loving great-grandfather of Zachary, Zoey, Ian, Joshua, and Justin. Also survived by several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends will honor and remember Arthur's life by gathering for visiting hours at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose on Wednesday, April 18 from 4-8 PM and again on Thursday morning at 8:00 AM before leaving in procession to St. Mary's Church, Herbert St., Melrose where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:00 AM. Interment in Glenside Cemetery, Winthrop, ME.