GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

April 6, 2013

Roland Blanchet, 89


Boynton Beach, FL — Roland Blanchet passed away quietly in Boynton Beach, Fla., after a long illness. He was 89 years old and preceded in death by his wife, Martta.

Roland served as a deep sea salvage diver during World War II, where he served tours in the Orient and participated in the nuclear testing in the Bikini Islands. Upon his return to Haverhill, Mass., he worked as a master craftsman and conductor on the Boston and Maine Railroad. It was there that he met his wife, Martta. Upon their marriage, he moved to Rockport where he built his reputation as one of the most talented craftsman in the area. His clientele would wait patiently until he was available for his ability to make simple projects into the most beautifully detailed rooms or additions you could experience.

His final years were happily spent with Martta in West Palm Beach, Fla.

He is survived by their children, Suzanne Blanchet-Jones and her husband, Robert of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Raymond Blanchet and his wife, Helen of Virginia Beach, Va.; and grandchildren, Elizabet Jones and Chelsea Blanchet. He was preceded in death by his parents, Florida and Ernest, and siblings, Rita and Raymond.

Martta and Roland's ashes will be scattered at a later date in Rockport, Mass., where a celebration of their lives will be held. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his memory to the Rockport Art Association, 12 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966