David H. Blanchette

1945 ∼ 2019

David H. Blanchette

David H. Blanchette, 74, of West Wareham, died Saturday, October 19, 2019 at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford after a long illness.  He was the husband of Linda J. (LeBaron) Blanchette.

Born in Acushnet, he was the son of the late Norman and Claire (Maynard) Blanchette.  Mr. Blanchette was a graduate of New Bedford High School and was a member of the New Bedford High School Sports Hall of Fame for football.

After serving in the U.S. Army during Vietnam, he graduated from Vespar George School of Art in Boston.  He worked for many years as a freelance commercial artist.  Mr. Blanchette was also an author of children’s books and wrote the Pockets Malone book series along with the book Xicu for the New Bedford Whaling Museum where he also volunteered as a docent.

A prolific artist and illustrator, Mr. Blanchette enjoyed painting, woodcarving, scrimshaw and drawing caricatures.  He also was the host of his own public access television show, Drawing with Dave.

Survivors include his wife, Linda; his daughter, Megan F. Boutin and her husband Michael of W. Wareham; his son, David L. Blanchette and his wife Mary of Broomfield, CO; his sisters, Jeanne Butler and Michelle Spink both of Mattapoisett; and his grandchildren, Sophia Blanchette, Ruby Blanchette, Madison Boutin and Sawyer Boutin.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at the New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford at 11:00 AM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in his memory may be made to the New Bedford Whaling Museum, 18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740. 

Memorial Service

Thursday, October 24, 2019 | 11:00 AM

New Bedford Whaling Museum
Address & Directions


New Bedford Whaling Museum,
18 Johnny Cake Hill, New Bedford, MA 02740

Learn more about Pre-planning

David H. Blanchette

1945 ∼ 2019

Do you need help in writing your guestbook entry?

Try writing about one of these topics:

  • What characteristic did you love most about the person
  • What was your relationship with him/her
  • Do you have a tasteful story about him/her that exemplifies the qualities of the person
  • What one word would you use to describe the person
  • When was the first time you met him/her
  • Did you share in a special event with him/her

Did you know, this guestbook entry will be printed and given to the family as a cherished keepsake. Your words will be held closely by the family and their gratitude for the time spent writing will be boundless.