David Ralph Blasdel, transformed into Heaven on 9/21/22 at 9:21am after passing away of natural causes. He received his first embrace from God, then ran into the arms of his parents, the late Kenneth and Betty Blasdel! The 3 Musketeers are back together again! David was born July 11, 1950 and is the 4th of 10 children! He was preceded in death by his sister Janet Blasdel and brother Patrick Blasdel. Left to carry on his legacy of pure unconditional love are sisters Constance (Denny) Lambert, TN and Regina (John) McGraw, WV. The "Brothers" are Kenneth C., Stephen F., Michael J. (Faith), Dave's birthday twin, Matthew, and Christopher Blasdel all from the Akron, OH area. He also leaves an indelible mark on his 17 nieces' and nephews' hearts, of which he played Santa Claus every year for them at Christmas! He was the skinniest Santa in Akron. Dave is also temporarily departed from his Aunt Evelyn Nanashe who is almost 99 yrs. young, and a host of cousins and friends who will always love him. He never met a stranger; he was very outgoing and friendly.
As a child David had scarlet fever which resulted in his learning disability. He was tested for retardation (in the 60's, how awful) and mistakenly institutionalized at Apple Creek State Institute. His family visited him every Sunday after church as much as was possible. Despite that, he lived a very full and happy life and had many hobbies and collections. David was an Alter Boy and loved his Catholic Faith. He became a Boy Scout in 1958, graduated high school in 1972, and became a First-Degree Member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3440, Akron, OH. David participated in Special Olympics running the 40-meter race winning many ribbons and certificates of achievement. He held various jobs and worked under Weaver Workshops. He became totally independent with the help of the most wonderful case manager Karen and our family is forever grateful to her! His hobbies included dressing up in various costumes such as the Tin Man, Jesus, WVU Mountaineer, Santa, and his most famous and true calling was Spider Man. He has every Xbox game known to man, watches Cartoon Network all night and sleeps all day, smokes his pipe on his front porch on 3rd St., plays acoustic guitar and is a good dancer! He collects Trolls, TV's, yard ornaments, crockpots, and Pepsi, to name a few. David is an anomaly in every sense of the word and he was one of one of the greatest men who ever lived will be fondly remembered by all.
Friends may call from 10AM-12PM on Saturday, October 1 at the Anthony Funeral Home, Kucko-Anthony-Kertesz Chapel, 1990 S Main St in Akron, followed by prayers at 12noon. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1PM at St. Augustine Church, 204 6th St NW in Barberton. Burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. A luncheon will be held back at the funeral home following the burial.