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William W. Blachford

July 11, 1943 June 16, 2018
William W. Blachford
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Obituary for William W. Blachford

William W. Blachford of Troy, Michigan died June 16, 2018. He was 74 years old. William was born on July 11, 1943 in Detroit to parents, Margaret (nee Warren) and Herbert Blachford.

After high school, William continued his education at Lawrence Technological University where he received his bachelor’s degree in accounting. He worked as a Certified Public Accountant for many years. He also proudly served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.

William married Patricia Kulesa on July 20, 1968; a marriage that would span 50 incredible years. William and Patricia were blessed with two children and five grandchildren, who William enjoyed devoting much of his love and energy to.

Although busy with work and family life, William found time to stay involved with his community. He was a soccer ref for many years for Oakland Athletics and was the Director of Coaching for the Troy Soccer Association. He was also on the Board of Directors for the Troy Nature Society.

One of William’s greatest passions was cycling; averaging 150 miles on his bike a week. It was nothing for him to take a “casual” 50-mile bike ride. He completed his third 350-mile ride at the age of 74. Along with cycling, William loved camping, sailing, and gardening. He enjoyed the arts and was a master at cross stitching. He was also an avid reader and book collector. William will be remembered for his adventurous nature and his willingness to try everything.

A devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, he was deeply loved and will be sorely missed by all who know him.

William is survived by his beloved wife, Patricia Blachford and his loving children, Ann (Daniel) Walsh and William (Margaret) Blachford. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren, Sean Walsh, Ryan Walsh, Colin Blachford, Elisa Blachford, and Maureen Blachford and his dear sisters, Carol (the late Brendon) Doyle and Janet (Bergen) Bull.

Visitation will be held at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home 1368 N. Crooks Road (between 14-15 Mile Rds.) Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 3-8pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Anastasia Catholic Church, 4571 John R Rd, Troy, Wednesday, June 20, 2018, 9:30am. Friends may visit at church beginning at 9am.

Memorials appreciated to St. Aloysius Neighborhood Services or the Resurrection House.

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