Raleigh Thomas "Tom" Blanchard III

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Captain Raleigh Thomas "Tom" Blanchard III, 59
FREEPORT - Captain Raleigh Thomas "Tom" Blanchard III, 59, of The Wood-lands, Texas, and Freeport, Maine, passed away Friday, Dec. 22, 2017, after a 30-year battle with lymphoma.
Tom was born in Poca-tello, Idaho, Nov. 16, 1958, to Bennie (Taylor) Blanchard and Raleigh T. Blanchard Jr. He spent the majority of his life in coastal Maine. He graduated from York High School in 1977 and continued on to Maine Maritime Academy as a member of the Class of 1981. Tom married Lisa Zamarchi on January 7, 1984; they were married for 34 wonderful years.
Captain Tom was a well-respected and extraordinary mentor, not only in his professional career, but also to friends and family throughout everyday life. He guided us all by his selflessness and strove to always help others. His love of the ocean and of his friends and family translated into showing us how to live life to its fullest.
His hobbies included boating, classic cars, biking and tennis. Tom was also actively involved in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Maine Maritime Alumni Association.
Tom was predeceased by his father, Raleigh Thomas Blanchard Jr. He is survived by his wife, Lisa Blanchard; son, Noah Blanchard, and his wife Megan; daughter, Laura Blanchard, and her husband David East; mother, Bennie Blanchard; and brother, Benjamin Blanchard, and his wife Cindy.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 13:00 on Dec. 31, at South Congregational Church, 2 North St., in Kennebunkport, followed by fellowship in the community hall. All are welcome. Online condolences may be made by visiting: www.jspelkeyfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial
donations in Tom's name
may be given to
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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Funeral Home
J.S. Pelkey Funeral Home
125 OLD POST RD
Kittery, ME 03904-1064
(207) 439-4900
Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on Dec. 27, 2017
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