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November 29, 2013

In tune with the times

Lawrence resident, 91, keeps the hits coming as member of Men of St. Patrick singing troupe

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In the audience, some smiling residents sang along with the Men of St. Patrick, while others were humming.

It was the first time Elizabeth and Walter Morgan had seen the troupe.

“It was the most wonderful evening I’ve had in a long time,” Elizabeth said. “It brought back a lot of memories and it was very entertaining. The hour just flew by.”

Blanchette was born and raised in Lawrence. He attended St. Patrick School and graduated in 1941 from Central Catholic High School.

After serving in World War II, Blanchette worked for the telephone company until he retired in 1984.

He has been singing most of his life, beginning at Central Catholic. He performed in minstrel shows with St. Patrick Parish. He stopped until about six or seven years ago when he joined the Men of St. Patrick.

His late wife, Nancy, who died in 2006, was at Sutton Hill and staff members found out he did minstrel shows. They asked him to entertain the residents.

“I love good music and entertaining. I just like the melody, having fun and singing,” Blanchette said.

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