Patrick J. “Chet” Blackburn, beloved brother and friend to all passed away on June 27, 2022 at St. Francis Hospital due to the dreaded disease of cancer. He was born in Hartford, CT, the son of Edwin M. Blackburn Sr. and Geraldine (Richard) Blackburn on April 2, 1957. Chet was a 40-year member of Ironworkers Local Union #15 as an Ironworker and as a Union Organizer for Local #15. One thing is for sure, he loved his union, its members, and the union philosophy that he lived every day of his life. A quiet man by nature, articulate and well-read, an excellent listener, and a good conversationalist after he had listened. Chet loved cooking and of course eating! He loved music of all kinds: blues, jazz, country, and especially Willie Nelson. He so enjoyed his place in Vermont and hanging out with his brothers and friends in all of the four seasons. Hunting, fishing, working in the woods, and campfires at night. Just being together made him happy.
Chet Is survived by four siblings, Susan B. Lambert and husband Tom, of Simsbury, CT, E. Michael Blackburn and wife Lois of Enfield, CT & VT, Kenneth A. Blackburn and wife Trudi of Glover, VT, and Carol Souza and husband Ralph of New Hartford, CT and numerous nephews and nieces, and cousins. Three very special friends Steve Chisholm, and Gary Brunelle who are boyhood friends, and Jill Mountain, who comforted him at the end of his life.
A memorial service will be held at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, July 12th at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow St. in Simsbury CT. Visitation will be held prior, starting at 4:00 PM. A celebration of Chet's life will be held at a later date. A notice will be sent to family and friends. Memorial contributions may be sent to St. Jude’s Hospital in memory of Patrick J. Blackburn. Please visit Chet’s Book of Memories at www.vincentfuneralhome.com for online tributes.