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Roderick G. Blessington


Roderick Gilbert Blessington of Topsfield died peacefully in his sleep on September 28, 2017 at Brigham Manor in Newburyport. He was the beloved husband of Deborah Elizabeth Blessington.

Born July 16, 1931, son of the late James B. and Florence (Steward) Blessington, he was raised in Marblehead, was a 1950 graduate of Marblehead High School and attended Nicholas College. Following school he joined the family trophy business. He was a longtime Topsfield resident.

Rod was a devoted husband and father and was a hard working jack of all trades. He will be remembered for his ability to make people laugh.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his dear children Kim Lucy Hingston of New Castle, ME and Mark Tucker Blessington of Topsfield, his grandsons John and Jeffrey Hingston of Maine, his sister Marilyn Whalley and nephews Dana and John Whalley of Cape Cod, and nephew Stewart Blessington and niece Barbara Bucklin of Ipswich. He was predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law James and Ruth Blessington and nephew Scott Blessington, all formerly of Ipswich.

Private funeral services are under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich. Memorial contributions may me made to the American Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601-7633 (www.alz.org)


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