William E. Blanchard III


Derry, NH - William E. Blanchard III passed away surrounded by loved ones in the early hours of May 10, 2019, after a long term illness.
Born August 30, 1946 to William E. Blanchard Jr. and Helen Blanchard, William grew up in Gloucester, where he spent many a weekend navigating the Annisquam River and Ipswich Bay with his family. He graduated from Northfield Mount Hermon School in 1964, later earning his Bachelor of Arts from Boston University in 1968. He earned his teaching certification and taught history in Sudbury for several years before undertaking various local business ventures, eventually working in the insurance industry. In addition to exercising his passion for nautical adventures, William enjoyed spending time woodworking with his collection of antique tools, performing mechanical repairs, and renovating vintage automobiles. He loved collaborating on projects with his children and taught mindful lessons both inside and out of the classroom. He relocated with family to Derry, NH in 1994.
William is survived by his wife, Sandra Petschulat, and his four children, Jennifer Sayed and husband Moin, Diana Klopotoski, Amy and Christian Blanchard and their respective partners, Jordan LeVan and Kellie Wallman. In addition are his sister, Julia Dailey and husband, James, as well as niece Rebecca Dailey-Hennessey and family. He lived to meet six grandchildren; Marwa, Bilal, Ibraheem and Muhammed Sayed, Zacharry Klopotoski and Killian McCarthy.
Memorial donations may be made in William's honor to City Year Boston and City Year New Hampshire; City Year, Inc., Attn: Gift Processing, 287 Columbus Ave. Boston, MA 02116.
Services were held privately by the family.
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