Blase J. Chiarello
Date of Passing: October 20th, 2020leave a condolence read condolences
Blase "Pooch" Chiarello, passed away peacefully on the morning of October 20, 2020, with his loving wife by his side.
He was born March 20, 1934 in Utica, the son of Biagio and Celia (Dell'elce) Chiarello. Blase was a graduate of Proctor High School Class of 1951 and graduated from Clarkson University in 1956. Blase had a long and successful career at Griffiss Airforce Base as a civil engineer. He was a sitting engineer on several missile defense systems in Alaska and Greenland, retiring in 1989. He went on to be a consultant with Grumman Aerospace.
Blase was joined in marriage with Carol Walker in 1971 and became father to Joseph Alam, Steven Chiarello and Kari Kirkpatrick. Blase loved horse racing and was part owner of several standard bred horses including Bright Newport, an outstanding trotter. He served on the Mohawk Valley Hospital Board and Nursing Home for 25 years, adding a great measure of stability during hectic years of health care in NYS. He was also active in the Town of Frankfort local affairs serving on the Town Planning Board. Blase spent many happy winters at his second home in Delray Beach, Florida. His greatest joy was being there for his children and grandchildren. His guidance, patience and love contributed to the wonderful adults they've become and he was also very proud of their accomplishments.
Blase is survived by his wife, Carol; his children and their spouses, Joseph and Leslie Alam, Steven and Gail Chiarello and Kari and Dan Kirkpatrick; his grandchildren and their spouses, Keith and Haley Alam, Ryan Alam, Ashley Alam Wertz, Derek and Caitlyn Alam, Daniel Chiarello, Thomas and Kerrie Chiarello, Tyler and Amber Chiarello, Blase Kirkpatrick and Joseph Kirkpatrick; 9 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews, Dina and Joe Russo, Sharon Gulla and Al and Amy Gulla,; and many numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews; sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Marilyn St. John and Lynda and Paul Scata. Blase was predeceased by his parents; his siblings and in-laws, Alfred (Doc) and Marie (Timmy) Chiarello, Louis Chiarello, Lucy Chiarello and Flora and Dick Gulla; and one special nephew, Shawn Scata.
Relatives and friends are invited to his Mass of Christian Burial on Saturday at 10 am at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 2222 Genesee Street, Utica. A calling hour will take place prior to the Mass from 9-10 am. Please follow CDC and NYS guidelines with social distancing, facial masks and signing contract tracing forms at the church.
In lieu of flowers, kindly consider donations to the Abraham House, 417 N. Washington Street, Rome, NY 13440.
Arrangements are Mark C. Bentz Funeral Service, Inc., New Hartford.
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Blase. Such great memories of our careers at RADC/AFRL. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family.
I am very sorry to hear of your loss. My father owned Bright Newport with Poochie years ago and spoke of Pooch often. I still have the picture of that horse hanging up on my wall from my father. I'm sure my father and Poochie are having a heck of a reunion together in heaven. God Bless you all and find comfort during this time.
-Joe Borgia, Jr.
Joe Borgia, Jr.
Dear Carol and family, we are so sad to hear of the passing of Blase. He was a sweet and gentle man, may he rest in peace free of pain. God Bless you all,
Fred and Marilyn
Fred& Marilyn Demma
Dear Carol and family, we are so sad to hear of the passing of Blasé. He was a sweet and gentle man, may he rest in peace free of pain. God Bless you all,
Fred and Marilyn
Fred& Marilyn Demma
I am so sorry for your family’s loss Steve, god bless to to all
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Blase was a wonderful man, and his memory will be forever cherished by so many. May God watch over you all as you mourn this loss. With all our live, John and Toni
John and Toni McCormick
Dear Carol, we are so sorry to hear about Blase. Keeping you & your family in our prayers.
I was saddened to hear of Blazes passing. Pooch was a wonderful family man and will be missed by all who knew him.
May he Rest In Peace.
Carol, we are so sorry to learn of Blase's passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy and condolences. Remember our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God bless all of you.
Tom & Rosemary Walker
My deepest sympathy to Carol, Kari, Joe and Steve along with their spouse's and children.
Blase was a wonderful man, husband, father and grandfather.
If you measure a man by those he sheltered and taught about life and love,then Blase was indeed a successful man!
He will be missed. I will never make homemade candy without thinking of him and his delightful love of sweets!
Rest well my friend.