Lawrence, MA — Albert J. Blazavitch, 89, of Lawrence, died Saturday, April 20, 2013, at the Mary Immaculate Nursing and Restorative Center in Lawrence.
The son of the late Joseph and Antoinette (Svenconis) Blazewicz, Al was born in Lawrence on Dec. 21, 1923.
He was a graduate of St. Mary Boys Grammar School in Lawrence, and Lawrence High School, Class of 1942, and completed two years at Bridgeport Technical School in Connecticut. During World War II, he was employed by Chance Voight Aeronautical Company as a lead man, solving and correcting production delays in aircraft production. After the war, he returned to Lawrence, where he was employed in the local textile mills. After the closing of the mills, he was employed at Western Electric, later At&T and Lucent, as a lead man in wire production. Later, he was employed for Bell Labs in research and development, retiring in 1982.
He furthered his education in business administration at Boston University, and social and religious studies at Merrimack College. Al took courses in the diaconate program for the Archdiocese of Boston. Al was a very dedicated Catholic layman. He was a lifelong member of the former St. Francis Parish in Lawrence, actively involved in the parish since his youth. He was one of the first people in the area to be commissioned as a Eucharistic Minister. He brought the Eucharist to parishioners who were home-bound, hospitalized, or residing in nursing homes. He assisted at all parish funerals and liturgical celebrations. He was a long-time lector at Masses. He was actively involved in the Holy Name Society, serving in all offices at St. Francis, and was involved in the Society at the Archdiocesan level. He was an usher, collector, C.C.D. instructor, Bible Facilitator, member of the Men's Chorale at St. Francis, served on the Parish Council, various committees, men's bowling league, and coached parish youth sports programs in his earlier years. He was involved in the Charismatic and Cursillo Movements for the Diocese of Manchester.
Al also was very active in local community affairs, being a member of the former Holy Family Hospital Men's Guild, the former Men of Merrimack, Knights of Lithuania, Lawrence Council #78, the Knights of Columbus, Lawrence Council #67. He was a longtime volunteer at Holy Family Hospital, especially in the Chaplain's Department. He frequently brought the Eucharist to patients in the hospital and also visited with them, amongst his other activities in the hospital. He was a very active member of the Methuen Senior Center, where he loved dancing and participated in all their activities. Al was a former member of the Lawrence Y.M.C.A. At the "Y", he participated in many of their sports programs. In his earlier years, he assisted in many youth sports programs, in Lawrence. Al enjoyed and was an accomplished golfer at many courses in the area.
Al was predeceased by his two brothers and their wives, Joseph and Cecelia Blazevich and Martin and Doris Blake. He is survived by his nieces and nephews, Dorothy Paskevich, of Methuen, Joan Blazevich, of Lawrence, Mary Gobush, of N. Dartmouth, Mass., Joseph Blazevich, of Old Saybrook, Conn., Martin Blake, Jr. of West Dennis, Mass., Avis DiNicola, of Salem, N.H., Georgia Arsenault, of Lawrence, and Doris Merchant, of Winter Springs, Fla., and several grandnieces and grandnephews, along with many friends.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are invited to a funeral Mass to be held, Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at 11 a.m. in St. Monica's Church, Lawrence St., Methuen. Burial will follow in the Immaculate Conception Cemetery, Lawrence. At Al's request, there are no calling hours.
Please, no flowers. Memorial contributions in Al's Memory may be made to Bellesini Academy, 94 Bradford St., Lawrence, MA, 01840.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Boles Memorial-Baron-McAuliffe-Yameen Funeral Home, 184 Jackson St., Lawrence, MA, 01841,978-686-0386.