William John Blaiklock, 86

March 13, 2013

in News,Obituaries

Services will be held at a later date for William John Blaiklock, 86, who passed away peacefully on March 4, at the Woodstock Terrace.
John was born in London, England, on July 7, 1926, son of William and Doris Blaiklock.
In the 1930s, the family moved to the picturesque seaside town of Dawlish, Devonshire, where John apprenticed as a machinist. He began working full time at age 16 in the vital munitions industry during World War II. Taking night classes, he earned a degree in mechanical engineering before serving in the British Army from 1946 to 1948, stationed in Palestine.
After the Army, John began his career in metrology with British-based Sigma Corporation. In 1955, John moved to the United States, to Hartford, Conn., to work for Pratt & Whitney Machine Tool, followed by a stint at Edmunds Gages in Farmington, Conn., where he became chief engineer. Finally, John worked for United Nuclear Corporation, and as a consultant until he retired 1988. In addition, John was credited as the inventor on a number of U.S. patents.
John wed the former Barbara Spinks of Letchworth, Hertfordshire on Oct. 20, 1954. They arrived in America via the RMS Queen Elizabeth in 1955 and eventually settled for two decades in Canton, Conn., where they raised three children. In 1986, John and Barbara moved to Mystic, Conn., and in 2006 they moved to Woodstock.
Throughout his life, John maintained an intense love of outdoor recreation, from whitewater canoeing to hiking, skiing and boating. His longtime support of the Appalachian Mountain Club (AMC) earned him a lifetime membership. He was also an avid photographer, a member of local photography clubs, and a yearly attendee at the AMC’s photography seminars.
Keenly interested in history, science, and how things work, John was a consummate problem solver, quick to craft solutions to daily needs and living a do-it-yourself life at every turn. He also loved reading and classical music, which he typically had playing throughout the day.
John made use of his extensive engineering experience and machine-tool skills to design and build a wide variety of woodworking projects throughout his life. In Canton, he rebuilt the 200-year-old farm house the family called home, but it was not until semi-retirement in Mystic that John had the time and space to build a number of small lapstrake boats that he customized from traditional designs, as well as a number of pieces of fine furniture.
John is survived by Barbara, his loving wife of 58 years; son William of Woodstock; daughter Jennifer and husband Rich of Thetford; son Andrew and wife Christina of South Pasadena, Cal.; grandchildren Emma, Alex, Bjorn, and Annika; brother Paul Musgrave and nephew Phillip.
Donations in John’s name can be made to the Appalachian Mountain Club or Mystic Seaport.
Go to www.thevermontstandard.com to view this obituary and leave condolences.


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Jean March 14, 2013 at 10:13 am

Your Vermont Standard family send their sympathy to you and your family.

Mike Silverman March 14, 2013 at 9:41 am

My thoughts and support are with you and your family.
Your dad, I am sure, was very proud of you and your commitment your family and community.

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