Obituary for Michael Blatus
DRACUT, MA- VETERAN, Michael Blatus, 85, lifelong and active resident of Dracut, died after fighting a valiant battle against cancer on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill with his family by his side.
Michael was born in Dracut, MA on September 14, 1931, a son of the late William and Irene (Klemenakos) Blatus. He was educated in Dracut and was a graduate of Dracut High School Class of 1952. He was a talented football player who was later inducted to the Dracut Hall of Fame as one of the fastest running backs in Dracut High history. Upon graduation, Mike enlisted in the US Air Force where he proudly served his country during the Korean War, until his honorable discharge. He attended Burdette College majoring in Business.
Mike dedicated his life to the citizens of the Town of Dracut holding many key positions. For 38 years, he served as Clerk for the Dracut Water Supply District. He was elected as Town Assessor, serving as Chief Assessor for 30 years and Chairman of the Board for 15 years. He was elected as a Dracut Selectman, serving from 1994-1997. Mike helped and supported the Senior Citizens, Veterans, Disabled Veterans and those in need, helping them in any way he could. He believed in “helping the little people” and stood true to his word. Very proud of his Greek heritage, he led the effort to name the “Hellenic Farmers Memorial Bridge” on Phineas Street.
For more than 57 years, Mike was an active member of the Dracut Democratic Town Committee, where he worked assisting various Town, County, State and Federal officials become elected, including the late President John F. Kennedy and the late Senator Ted Kennedy.
Mike was an original member of the Veteran’s Memorial Park Development Committee, current member of the Veteran’s Memorial Park Concession Stand Committee and the originator of the plaque honoring Capt. John Ogonowski, located at the facility on Broadway Road. He was a member of the Army Spc. Mathew G. Boule Memorial Park Committee, a member of the Master Plan Committee for the Town of Dracut, a member of the Secondary School Building Committee and Chairman of the Building Committee to construct the Police Station on Lakeview Ave. He was instrumental in the naming of the “Dr. Christos Daoulas Education Complex.” He was also a life member of the Dracut American Legion Post # 315 and the Dracut VFW Post # 9307.
Mr. Blatus was the recipient of the following awards: “Citizen of the Year” in 1989 for his distinguished service and contribution to his community and his fellow man given by AHEPA #502, “Democrat of the Year” in 1999 from Greater Lowell Area Democrats for his distinguished service and contribution to the Democratic Party.
In his 60 plus years of Town, County, State and Federal politics, Mike appreciated all the help he received from his extended family, friends and voters of Dracut. It would be impossible for his family to express their thanks to the immeasurable list of people that impacted his political involvement.
He was a life member and past commander of the Dracut American Legion and a longtime member of the Dracut VFW.
Despite all of these laborious acts he found great joy in feeding the birds and growing his beloved garden each year, sharing the tomatoes, cucumbers, and zucchini.
Michael is survived and will be dearly missed by his wife, Antoinette "Toni" (Pasterczyk) Blatus; his six children, William J. Blatus and his companion Marie "Sally" (Rice) of Nashua, Stephen Blatus of Dracut, Angela Blatus of Kingston, NH, Peter Blatus and his wife Karen (Laurent) of Dracut, Michael C. Blatus and his wife Ching-Chi (Tsai) of Medford and Andrew Blatus and his wife Agnes (Raikos) of Dracut; nine grandchildren, Hayley, Peter Jr., Olivia, Colby, Elena, Anthony, Evan, Maya and Zoe; as well as many nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues.
He was predeceased by his two sisters, Angeline Papanotas, and Eva Panagis, and his brother, Nickoles Blatus.
ARRANGEMENTS: Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at the DRACUT FUNERAL HOME, 2159 Lakeview Ave., DRACUT, from 3 to 7 p.m. on WEDNESDAY, April 5th. His funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on THURSDAY, April 6th at the Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Dracut. Burial will take place in Richardson Cemetery in Dracut. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Michael Blatus Gazebo Fund, Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Dracut or a charity of your choice. For directions, or to leave an online condolence, story, or message, please visit www.dracutfuneralhome.com, or find us on Facebook under "Dracut Funeral Home.”