PEPPERELL — John H. Blood, 76, died at his home surrounded by his family on Memorial Day, May 26, 2008. He was born in Pepperell on Aug. 2, 1931, son of the late Ernest C. and Ruth E. (Carter) Blood. He attended the Pepperell schools and was a graduate of Pepperell High School, Class of 1949. He was a fifth generation farmer of Blood Farm, Mason Street, which was established in 1866 and originally was a potato, apple and peach farm and later became a dairy farm.
Mr. Blood acquired the farm from his father in 1958 where he hayed and produced firewood on the 140 acres; the farm also had a total of 140 milkers at one time. They also had poultry and eggs, sweet corn, rye seed and straw.
He was employed by the Highway Department in Pepperell from 1985-1997. He also served as the Surveyor of Lumber and the Surveyor of Wood and Bark for several years. Mr. Blood was member of the Mass. Farm Bureau and the International Harvester Collector Club Chapter 18 and National 9760.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Charlotte E. (Carter) Blood; three sons, Robert E. Blood and his wife, Brenda, of West Groton, John C. Blood and his wife, Kim, and Timothy C. Blood, and one daughter, Nancy A.B. Gardner and her husband, David, all of Pepperell. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Matthew, Adam, Allison, Timothy Jr., Sarah, David and Rebekah; a sister-in-law, Barbara B. Cantrell, of Jenkins, Ky.; nieces Donna Marbelli, Diane B. Caudill and Elizabeth B. Maddaugh; and he is also survived by his black Lab, “Rocky.” He was also the brother of the late David L. Blood and Robert Hardy.
A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 31 at 11 a.m. at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Pepperell. Visiting hours are Friday, 5-8 p.m. at the Hamilton-McGaffigan Funeral Home, 37 Main St. (Route 113), Pepperell. Relatives and friends are kindly invited.
For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made in Mr. Blood’s memory to the Nashua Regional Cancer Center, 11 North Southwood Dr., Nashua, NH 03063-1804.