Albert B. Blackadar, NP

Sep 02, 2017

Born to Albert and Marlene Blackadar on June 8,1953, in Haverhill, Mass., Albert B. Blackadar passed Aug. 31, 2017, in Howey-in-the-Hills, Fla., after a long illness. Al attended nursing school in Haverhill, Mass., and married Dorothy (Dot) Carini (McKellick) and had two beautiful children, Beau and Jade.

The young family relocated to West Paris in 1977, and Al worked at St Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston. He had a strong passion for Emergency Medicine and attended a specialized Nurse Practitioner program at Alleghany General Hospital in Pittsburg, Pa. After graduation, in 1981, he moved his family to Searsport.

During his long career in medicine, Al worked at Waldo County General Hospital in the Emergency Department in Belfast from 1981 to 1988. He then accepted a position at Mt. Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor until 1995. He returned to Waldo County General Hospital in 1995 and remained the “Pillar of the ER” until his retirement in December 2016. Al always said he worked with the best people in the world and considered himself both lucky and privileged to be surrounded by wonderful patients and colleagues. He rarely left his shift without giving a bear hug to all he worked with that day.

An advocate of addiction recovery in the Waldo County community, Al had a heart for those afflicted with that disease. He always attempted to share his experience, strength and hope to help someone when needed.

Al remarried, to Theresa (Teri) Gallo Blackadar, who was his love, partner and friend. She was able to be by his side through his final hour. With this marriage he inherited more children, Laura and Ben, along with their spouses, Ben Smith (married to Laura) and Connie Buckley (married to Ben). Now grandchildren. The first was Emma, another curly haired love, like his daughter Jade. Next came Wyatt, a deep thinker, wise beyond his years. Then, sweet little David, a tenderhearted soul. Baby Charlotte was recently born in June and baby Isabelle will be here soon!

Al lived and loved with tremendous passion. He enjoyed sailing, skiing, motorcycling, deep sea fishing and bicycling, as well as building homes and woodworking. Most importantly he loved people and spending time with his family and friends, which often required travel and a good restaurant. Through his life he was also devoted to several dogs and cats, most recently Banks and Grace.

He will be missed. He is survived by his mother, Marlene Blackadar (Haverhill, Mass.), his wife Teri Blackadar, (Levant), son Beau Blackadar (Tacoma, Wash.), daughter Jade Blackadar (San Diego, Calif.), stepson Benjamin Buckley (Groveland, Fla.), “adopted” daughter Connie Buckley (Groveland, Fla.), stepdaughter Laura Buckley Smith and her husband Benjamin Smith (Hampden), brother Lloyd Blackadar and wife Linda Desmond (Hamstead, N.H.), mother-in-law Loretta Gallo (Dunnellon, Fla.), cousin Bucky Law and wife Kathy (West Newburyport, Mass.), grandchildren: David Blackadar (Tacoma, Wash.), Emma and Isabelle Buckley (Groveland, Fla.) and Wyatt and Charlotte Smith (Hampden). Other surviving family includes Vernon and Sandy Blackadar (Lithia, Fla.), Marie and Steve Hall (Coventry, Conn.), Cyndi and Bill Callan (Springfield, Ill.) and several nieces and nephews. Al loved so many friends ... including John Gage, Rex Kelley, David McAuliffe, Dorn McMahon, David Felton, Charles Hunter, John Pagonis, Joseph Manavola, Bob Hotchkiss, David Hallbert, Wayne Hamilton, William Stockwell, Philip Reid, Francis Manzi, Denny Owen, James Delehanty, Matthew Bixby, and Claude White. The list goes on and on ... as will his memory.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, at Faith Temple Church of God, 193 Lincolnville Ave., Belfast.

In lieu of flowers, please pray for Al’s family. As your heart directs, gifts of any amount can be received by: Al Blackadar EMS Scholarship Fund, Maine Community Foundation, 245 Main St., Ellsworth, ME 04605, or to Cornerstone Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation 2445 Lane Park Road, Tavares, FL 32778-9648.

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