Daniel Joseph Blakemore
ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Daniel Joseph Blakemore, age 57, died May 2 in Ann Arbor, Michigan after a brief battle with cancer.
A loyal son, devoted husband and loving father and grandfather, Dan is survived by his mother, Rosemary Blakemore; his sister Patricia Richmond and brother-in-law, Wayne Sakamoto; his brother Bill Blakemore; his wife, Pamela (Cleary) Blakemore; three beautiful children, Joseph and Patrick Blakemore and Molly Blakemore Smashey; son-in-law Joshua Smashey; daughter-in-law to be Divya Singh (Joseph); and, two darling grandchildren, Melanie and Madelyn Smashey.
Dan is preceded in death by his father, Robert Blakemore, his first child, Mae Lillian, and his parents-in-law, Bill and Mary Cleary.
Born on April 8, 1956 in Waukegan, Illinois, Dan spent the majority of his life as a proud resident of Ann Arbor and Marquette, graduating from Pioneer High School before attending Northern Michigan University. Dan played an active role in many community development activities including Boy Scouts of America; area Amateur Hockey Associations; the Marquette Chapter of the American Lung Association; Special Days Camps for Kids with Cancer; the City of Ann Arbor’s Economic Development Council; and, the Michigan Healthcare Underwriters Association.
Dan enjoyed an active life style and loved spending time with the extended Blakemore and Cleary families and with his friends. He stayed fit through his love for running having participated in many prestigious full and half marathons, including the Dexter-Ann Arbor Run, Detroit Free Press Half and Full Marathons, the San Diego Rock & Roll Marathon and the Chicago Marathon.
Services for Dan will be held Wednesday, May 8 at 10:30 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, 4000 Ave. Maria in Domino’s Farms. The service will be preceded by an opportunity to visit with Pam and the family at 9:30 a.m. at the Church. Dan leaves behind a wealth of friends and family who will miss his friendly, personal nature; his smile and laugh; his penchant for a good story; his knowledge of history; and, his love for making the world a better place. Donations may be made in Dan’s name to Special Days Camps for Kids with Cancer, www.specialdays.org.