John Roger Blackmar, known to most as “Roger”, 86, of Cumberland, passed away, Christmas morning, Friday December 25, 2020 at Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket. He was the loving husband of Hazel (Davy) Blackmar. They were married on September 29, 1956 and shared over 64 wonderful years together until Roger’s passing.
Born on October 15, 1934 in Providence, he was one of four sons of the late George C. and Myrtle (Skinner) Blackmar. He was raised in the South Attleboro, MA / Cumberland, RI area.
In addition to his wife of 64 years Roger is survived by two sons, John Robert Blackmar and his wife Ann of Warwick and Jeffrey Blackmar of Pawtucket, and a daughter Karen Blackmar-Lavoie of South Attleboro. He was the brother of Allan Blackmar of Pine Plains, New York and the late Stewart and Arnold Blackmar. Roger is also survived by 6 grandchildren and many nieces and nephews and their families.
Roger served with honors in the United States Army Reserves during the late 1950's as a member of the 76th Infantry Division. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Following his service to our country Roger was employed for over 35 years, with Collier Wire Company in Lincoln, RI, where he was fondly known as “Red”. He was a dedicated employee and remained with the company until the business closed. Initially this was a devastating development for him that became a blessing in disguise. With no jobs available in the wire manufacturing industry, Roger found himself working alongside his son John, for Stamp One Inc. in the capacity of inside sales / customer service. Going from working in a factory to an office is a difficult challenge for most. Roger was never one to turn away from any challenge and faced it head on. He mastered this new position quickly, due to hard work, his desire to learn new skills, and most importantly his easy going personality. It was one of his many accomplishments and everyone he interacted with at Stamp One, Inc. benefited from his presence and found him to be a role model for his work ethic. He stayed with Stamp One until his retirement in 2012
Roger enjoyed working in and around his yard. He had a true green thumb, in his younger days he would plant a garden which annually yielded an abundance of vegetables for him and those around him to enjoy. He was known as “Mr. B” when he enjoyed coaching softball with his son John. He also attended the many sporting events of his grandchildren. Roger was a fixer, and never one to just toss aside something that no longer functioned properly. He enjoyed taking things apart to learn how they operated, fixing them and getting them working again. He was a skilled craftsman and hobby builder. He could be regularly found in his workshop building something useful or creative that he dreamt up. When not working on a project he could be found watching and enjoying a Boston Red Sox game or taking a nap in one of many comfortable spots including his back yard hammock. He was fond of card games, especially cribbage, and would never turn down an offer at breaking out the board to play.
Roger will be remembered mostly for what a great person he was, kind and caring and generous. He was always happy to stop what he was doing in order to have a chat or conversation. He did not have much but what he did have he would give to help another in need. He would give you the shirt off his back and allow himself to go cold. He believed in leading by example. He was a role model for hard work, patience, ethics and a strong male character. He always taught by allowing mistakes to be made and did not pick up the pieces for you, but helped you to learn how to pick up those pieces for yourself. When things would get tough he was never one to hide from the challenges, but instead tighten his boot straps and step forward one more time. He will be greatly missed by countless people that he impacted on a daily basis.
Services for Roger were private. He was laid to rest in Highland Memorial Park in Johnston.
Arrangements are in care of the Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home 142 Centerville Rd. Warwick, RI.
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