James W. Blakeslee, 72, of Wallingford, passed away Monday, August 14, 2023, at his home after giving in to cancer. Jim was the son of the late Gordon W. and Rose Morganti Blakeslee of North Haven. He was predeceased by his wife, Linda Halpin Blakeslee.
Jim worked as a chemical operator and supervisor until his retirement from Byk USA. Jim was strong-willed and stubborn at times, but he also had an enormous heart and wonderful sense of humor. He was generous, loyal, and brave. He was full to the brim with knowledge gained through all his life experiences: electrical, chemical, electronics, home improvement- he could fix or build anything. He was the one to call for any needed repairs or just a helping hand. Jim dedicated most of his life to caring for his wife, Linda.
Father of Kristin Michanczyk and James J. Blakeslee. Grandfather of Devin and Alyvia Michanczyk and Scarlett Blakeslee. Brother of Martha Nickerson (Ralph) of New Hampshire, Linda A. Blakeslee (Lance Szawerda) of Plantsville, David G. Blakeslee (Doreen) of Cheshire, Joanne Esposito (John) of Wallingford, and predeceased by his youngest sibling Walter J. Blakeslee.
Memorial services will be privately held for both Jim and his late wife Linda for family at a date to be determined. Memorial contributions may be made to Multiple Sclerosis Association.