Dr. Henry Blansfield, 93

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 6:00am

Dr. Henry Blansfield first visited Block Island in 1929 when he was five years old. The Blansfield family were devoted Block Island summer visitors for years and years and he stayed with his parents at the Ocean View Hotel and several other island locations during his childhood. In 1947 Henry’s father, Michael V. Blansfield, purchased properties on Mansion Road. In 1954, four cottages were built by Kevin Nixon’s father and a larger home was constructed by Henry’s son James years later. Summer visiting on those sites has occurred annually for all of the Blansfields.

Dr. Blansfield passed away on July 24, 2017 at the age of 93. He was the husband of Lorraine (Lombardi) Blansfield. Dr. Blansfield was born in Waterbury, Conn. on May 31, 1924, the son of the late Michael V. and Vera G. Blansfield. He graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1945 and from Yale University School of Medicine in 1947. 

Dr. Blansfield provided medical services to Block Island during Dr. Brassard’s (the former island physician) winter vacations. He always depended on the outstanding services of Linda Closter, RN, to aid in patient care. He served for many years on the Medical Center’s Physician Advisory Committee. In the mid-1970s, Henry started Alcoholics Anonymous meetings on Block Island, with the help of the late Billy Goggins. In 2011, he was appointed to serve on a committee concerning mental health and addiction issues.

Dr. Blansfield always described the Island as the most beautiful place on earth, and then with a twinkle in his eye, he would say, "But don't tell anyone!"

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine, four children and six grandchildren, three step-granddaughters and a step-great grandson, all of whom are summer visitors to Block Island.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Block Island Medical Center or The Mary D. Fund.