Harry H. Blakeslee

January 22, 1944 - March 8, 2023
Harry H. Blakeslee

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Harry Hunt Blakeslee Sr. passed away peacefully at home on March 8, 2023, surrounded by his family.

Harry is survived by his wife of 37 years, Betsy Farber Blakeslee; his four children Harry “Hal” Hunt Blakeslee Jr. of Los Angeles, CA, Angela Stubbs and husband Matt of Annandale, VA, Alexandra Blakeslee Hartwell and husband Connor of Los Angeles, CA, Benjamin Blakeslee of New York, NY; and three grandchildren, Mitchell Stubbs, Elianna Stubbs, and Gramercy Grace Elizabeth Hartwell.

Harry was born on January 22, 1944, in New Orleans, Louisiana to the late Hobart Warren and Esthere Jonte Ogden Blakeslee. He was preceded in death by his brother, Hobart W. Blakeslee Jr.

Harry completed undergraduate studies at Davidson College and earned his MBA at Georgia State University. After proudly serving in the United States Army, Harry had a storied career as an executive in the retail and logistics industries, which brought him to Massachusetts. After over 30 years in New England, Harry and Betsy retired to coastal North Carolina. Harry dedicated his time in retirement to pursuing passions of sailing, golfing, reading, his church, and giving back to his community. His humbleness, charity, and passion for his family and causes of interest will be remembered by many.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation in Harry’s memory to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Pancreatic Cancer, Boston, Massachusetts.

A memorial service will be held 1 pm Saturday, May6, 2023 at Woodburn Presbyterian Church 509 Village Road Leland, NC 28451

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  • March 20, 2023
    Talia Kornreich lit a candle:
    Lit since March 20, 2023 at 3:28:42 PM

  • March 16, 2023
    Alex Yang & Chelsea Wu says:
    Our deepest condolences to the Blakeslee family. Rest in peace.

  • March 16, 2023
    Nisa Zhang says:
    I am sorry to hear your loss, you have my deepest condolences.

  • March 16, 2023
    Jinnah Cox says:
    Sending love and strength to all of you during these difficult times. You all will be in my thoughts! Harry seems like such an amazing person, who will be greatly missed by so many...I know he lives on through the impact he had on all of you and the world.

  • March 13, 2023
    John & Barbara Birkenheuer says:
    Harry was such a dear person. His empty seat in the pew will forever remind us of what a faithful, spirit filled person he was. We will miss you Harry but know that God has welcomed you with open arms.