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Allen H. Blood: President of the Fairbanks Family in America Dies at 70

Blood was a 56-year survivor of childhood cancer worked with the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.

Allen H. Blood. Credit: The Fairbanks House Facebook page.
Allen H. Blood. Credit: The Fairbanks House Facebook page.

A former Medfield resident and President of the Fairbanks Family in America has died at age 70.

Allen H. Blood was a 56-year-survivor of childhood cancer and spent his life working to help and serve others. He also served as the  in Dedham.

The Fairbanks House issued condolences on Facebook, and the Medfield Historical Society issued the following statement on Facebook over the weekend:

"With deep condolences to the family and friends of Allen Blood. He truly embodied the spirit of historical preservation and service to others. He will be sorely missed. Rest in peace, Al."

The following obituary was posted to Legacy.com:

Allen Holt Blood, 70, of Norwood and formerly of Wrentham and Medfield, died Thursday, Feb. 6 at his home. 

Born in Nashua, New Hampshire on Jan. 3, 1944 and raised in Pepperell, he was the son of the late William Newton and Mildred (Holt) Blood. Allen was a member of the first graduating class of North Middlesex High School in Townsend. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from West Virginia Weslyan College and an MS and CAGS in Rehabilitation Counseling from Boston University. 

Allen met his beloved wife, Bettina "Tina" (Bias) Blood of Point Pleasant, West Virginia in college and they were the fifth couple to marry in Wesley Chapel on campus in 1967

After beginning his career briefly as a researcher at the Jimmy Fund, Allen decided to pursue a career helping people with disabilities through the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, where he reached the position of Area Director and retired with more than 30 years of service in 2003. 

He was a 56-year survivor of childhood cancer and one of the first Jimmy Fund patients of Dr. Sidney Farber. While the challenge of losing a left arm and shoulder to cancer was significant, Allen learned at a young age that physical challenges could be overcome by spiritual resolve. Considering his survival a rare gift and opportunity, he invested his survivorship time to advance the good work of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute by mentoring, counseling and speaking to patients and their families, and has touched many lives. 

Last spring, he was part of a group of Jimmy Fund cancer survivors, one from each decade, honored by the Boston Red Sox to celebrate their 60-year partnership with the Jimmy Fund, throwing out the first pitch of the 2013 championship season.

Allen was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Medfield and President of the Board of Directors of Fairbanks House in Dedham. Allen was a life member of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Fairbanks Family in America, Wesleyan Society and the Dana-Farber Society. 

For his lifetime achievements in volunteerism, and selfless service to his community, his alma mater honored him with the Alumni Achievement Award in 2007. With beloved wife Tina by his side, Allen demonstrated loving fatherhood to Jeffrey Blood and his wife Charesse of Maryland, Heather and her husband David Godfrey of Pennsylvania, and Christopher Blood and his fiancé Laura Hennessy of Attleboro; the cherished grandfather of Cody, Casey, Madison, Blake and Sidney; the dear brother of William, Richard and Robert Blood and Carol Toomey, and the uncle of many nieces and nephews. His legacy on this earth is evident in those that knew him and continue to live by his example of selfless service to his family, friends and fellow man; a reflection of his love for the Lord. 

Visiting hours Sunday, Feb. 9 from 4-8 p.m. at the Gillooly Funeral home on Walpole Street in Norwood. A celebration of his life is set for Monday, Feb. 10 at 11 a.m. at the First Baptist Church on Main Street in Medfield. Private burial will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Pepperell in the spring. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Allen's memory by visiting www.dana-farber.org or by sending them to:

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
PO Box 849168
Boston, MA 02284

Donations can also be made in his memory to:

First Baptist Church
PO Box 205
Medfield, MA 02052

The Fairbanks Family in America, Inc.
511 East St. 
Dedham, MA 02026

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