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Earl R. Blamires
July 18, 1932 - December 7, 2017

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Earl R. Blamires, 85, died on December 7, 2017 at the Philip Hulitar Inpatient Center. He was the beloved husband of Sylvia R. (Ballito) for over 60 years.  He was the proud father of Kimberly Tasca and Alan, Ronald and Brian Blamires.

A life-long resident of Johnston, Rhode Island resided in an old farm house three miles from where he was born.  He was also called the fixer, because he was always fixing something, including that old farm house.  At an early age he worked at Hose Worth Textile Company.  It was in the textile industry that he learned first-hand the necessity of collective bargaining and labor relations.  As a boy, Earl joined the Johnston, Hose One Volunteer Fire Company.  In later years he organized and started the Johnston Call Fire Fighters Association, whereas Johnston residents would get fire protection for a reduced price, because the full-time department was the backbone of the Fire department and the Call System provided the back up support.  The Call Fire Fighters Association later became a model for other Rhode Island communities, and unfolded across the country.  He would always say that all sides have to leave the bargaining table with something, and that if the union gives up something then they should get something in return, but that all parties will feel as though they have won something at the table.

Earl, served with the 101st Airborne Division, also called the Screaming Eagles during the Korean Conflict, where he served with the 9th Infantry Division SP Regt and earned the UN Korean Service Medal, ROK Korean War SV Medal, and Korean Presidential Unit Citation.  He later married Sylvia, his longtime sweetheart of 75 years.  Although, Sylvia cooked outstanding Italian food, Earl was always a meat and potatoes guy.  He worked for the US Postal Service for over 30 years and was past President of NAFE, National Associations Federal Employees.  In labor relations with the US Postal Service, a salary increase would be rejected for better health benefits, because everyone should get a fair deal.  Earl would always say fight for what you believe in and trust your heart, and never compromise on your moral principles.  He was also a Master Mason of the Hamilton Lodge North Scituate, Rhode Island, and Manchester Lodge, Coventry, Rhode Island.

Upon retirement Earl’s greatest joy was traveling the country along with Sylvia in his forty-foot Winnebago RV.  He would always say, “Why do people travel across the ocean when there is so much to here to see in America.”  When Earl was not traveling he enjoyed watching the Boston Red Sox, and New England Patriots, and reading the ProJo.  He would always say that America makes the best automobiles and then described in detail his 1952 Hudson, Hornet and how great the engine was in this car. They never know how much you know until they know how much you care.  Earl lead a caring, full life and was always willing to help anyone in need, he will be greatly missed.