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.