Charles “Chuck” Alex Blossey, age 82, resident of 13108 Flatt Road, Waterford, passed away Saturday, October 8, 2011 at his home following an extended illness. He was born in Erie on June 27, 1929.

Blossey, Charles Chuck served in the US Navy and Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. He worked at Hammermill for 43 years and retired in 1991. His many interests included playing horseshoes, hunting, working in his garden, and watching the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, and NASCAR.

On December 12, 1953, Chuck married Irene Helen Waszo with whom he would share 51 years of marriage until her death on May 13, 2005. Together they raised three children whom they loved and supported– Charles G. Blossey, Cheryl A. Blossey Chase and her husband Sterling Chase, and Kevin P. Blossey and his wife Denise Kulik Blossey, all of Waterford.

Chuck was a loving and attentive grandfather of six grandchildren– Kara Chase Morgan and her husband Chris of Knoxville, TN, Stephanie Blossey Hebert and her husband Joe of Arlington, MA, Charles Blossey of Erie, Chad Chase of Vero Beach, FL, Nick Blossey of Fredrick, MD, and Kelyn Blossey of Waterford. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren who referred to him lovingly as “GG”– MaKenna, Kinsley, Maddie, and Gabe.

The family would also like to extend heartfelt thanks to Mariya “Windy” Moore of Waterford who was his caregiver and friend.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Van Matre Funeral Home of Waterford.

Memorials may be made to John Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation, 130 West 8th Street, Erie, PA 16501.