Eric "Butch" Blackwell of Anthem, AZ, formerly of Kingston, NY, passed away on March 16, 2019. He was born September 5, 1938 in Kingston, the son of the late O'Leary and Mary Hulsair Blackwell.
Butch was a graduate of Kingston High School, class of 1956, and served 8 Years in the NY Army Reserve National Guard, 156th Artillery. He was the husband of Patricia Crispell Blackwell, they wed on April 5, 1959.
Eric was a Repair Technician before retiring after 38 years of working for the New York Telephone Company (Verizon).
Butch was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of The Redeemer for many years.
He had been a baseball and softball player in the Kingston City Leagues and was a coach in the Kingston American Little League. Eric was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed hunting, and was an honorary member of the Marbletown Sportsman's Club. He was also a big New York Yankees fan, attending games with friends and family regularly.
In addition to his wife, Patricia, he is survived by his son David E. Blackwell and daughter-in-law Tina Peterson of Narragansett, RI, son Mark E. Blackwell and daughter-in-law Richelle Blackwell of Desert Hills, AZ, grandchildren Sarah, Emily, Tyler, Zackery and Mary Blackwell, sister Leta Cable and brother-in- law Stanley Cable of Lake Katrine, NY, sister Lois Bigando, and brother-in-law Lawrence Bigando of Kingston, NY.
Entrusted to the care of Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, 326 Albany Avenue, Kingston. Inurnment of both Patricia and her late husband Eric will take place at 11:00a.m. on Saturday November 9, 2019 in Montrepose Cemetery, Kingston, NY. The family suggests instead of flowers memorial contributions be made to Alzheimer's Association at www.Alz.org or Redeemer Lutheran Church, 104 Wurts St., Kingston, NY 12401. To leave an expression of sympathy, please visit www.KeyserFuneralService.com .