Constant W. Blum, 84, a lifelong resident of Terryville, died peacefully on Friday, April 10, 2009, in Bristol Hospital, surrounded by his family. His beloved wife of 51 years, Claire Read Blum, died in 2000. He is survived by their two daughters and four sons: Jeanne Blum Kissane and her husband Robert, of Worcester, MA; Constance Blum Girardin of Bristol; Mark Blum and his wife, Nancy, of Watertown; Robert Blum and his wife, Wendy, of Thomaston; Thomas Blum of Terryville; and Charles Blum and his wife, Cheryl, of Westbrook; ten grandchildren; two great grandchildren; a brother, Arthur Blum and his wife May of Terryville; and many nieces and nephews.
Constant was born in Terryville on December 22, 1924, the son of John A. and Marion (Curtis) Blum. After graduation from Terryville High School, he enlisted in the Army in 1943 and served in the 26th Infantry Division ("The Yankee Division") in the Battle of the Bulge, northern France, the Rhineland, and throughout central Europe.
He did undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Connecticut, Bowdoin, and University of Hartford and in September 1950, began a 34-year career as an educator. He served as a teacher and assistant principal at Terryville High School in the 1950s, as principal of Lewis S. Mills Regional High School in the 1960s, and as assistant superintendent for Personnel and Internal Administration in Bristol from 1970 until his retirement in 1984.
He enjoyed summer vacations with his family at the Rhode Island shore, golf and Friday night poker, going to flea markets, and building his extensive collection of vintage postcards with special focus on holiday cards and scenic cards of Plymouth-Terryville and other communities. He also devoted many years to tracing the family's genealogy, an undertaking that led to regular correspondence, and then visits, with Blum family members in Oberbessenbach, Germany. Beginning in 1980, he organized and hosted annual reunions at his home that drew members of the extended family from as far away as California and Germany.
Among his many volunteer activities, he was a long-time member and past president of Bristol Kiwanis; an original incorporator of the Terryville Babe Ruth League, serving as secretary from 1958-1972, and being inducted into the League's Hall of Fame in 1973; a member of the Main Street Community Foundation Scholarship Committee, and active in local politics including many years as a member of the Democratic Town Committee.
He was a communicant and active member of Immaculate Conception Church and wrote the forward to the church's Centennial Jubilee History in 2000.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday 10:30a.m. from the Scott Funeral Home, 169 Main St., Terryville to the Immaculate Conception Church for a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00. Burial with military honors will be in St. Mary Cemetery, Terryville. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday evening from 5:00 - 8:00p.m.
Memorial donations may be made to Susan G. Komen For the Cure, Attention Gift Management Services, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, TX, 75244 or to: The American Lung Association, National Headquarters, 61 Broadway, 6th floor, New York, NY 10006.