Jeffrey Allen BlomquistSeptember 24, 1948 ~ February 11, 2017 (age 68)
Jeffrey Allen Blomquist died February 11, 2017. He was born September 24, 1948 in Newport, NH to Arne Blomquist and Bertha Blomquist. His first language was Finnish, learned from his parents and his grandparents, Sventa and Anna Matilla. He was active in sports, golf, bowling, and skiing, and won a statewide award for his football endeavors. He graduated from Newport High School Class of 1967, and attended UNH. He skied Tuckerman’s with college friends.
After college he decided to follow his dream and studied Masonry though a government internship program and became an independent mason. Testaments to his skill can be found in many homes in the area where he built fireplaces, chimneys, walls, and other structures. He had a special love of stone fireplaces. In the winter season, he was a professional ski patroller at King Ridge and then Mount Sunapee, under the state's, and later, Okemo's management. He imparted his love of skiing to his children, and he skied recreationally until last season. He liked the cold and would go north (to Canada) for summer vacations and attended tennis matches there. He retired from the physical labors in 2001 and worked at a group home, West Central Services, until (due to state budget cuts) it closed. In his retirement he enjoyed visiting friends, and travel, but most of all enjoyed; the Red Sox and Patriots, his family, and spoiling the dogs. He was often seen walking the poodle and bichon frise around Newport.
He passed away peacefully at home, after a brief illness. He lived to see the Patriots win another Super Bowl. He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Lanea A. Witkus, his daughter, Brittany Blomquist and her boyfriend, Adam Dillion, and his son Jeffrey L. Blomquist, all of Newport. He has one brother, Arne D. Blomquist of Newport. He is also greatly missed by Sheena and Nando.
There will be a celebration of his life on Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 1 P.M. at Newton-Bartlett Funeral Home, 42 Main St. Newport, NH. People are asked to bring stories (either written or spoken) to share.