John Blassingame, Jr., 56, passed away peacefully at his home in New Haven, CT on March 21, 2020. John attended Hamden Hall Country Day School, Brown University, and Tulane Law School, where he was the 2nd year Class President. He taught at Kaplan, where he prepared countless students, who are now attorneys across the country, for the LSAT test and tutored many college-bound students for the SAT. His booming voice and infectious laughter, intellect and deep knowledge on a surprisingly broad range of topics from the law, history, politics to cinema, music, and scripture as well as his sharp wit, keen insights, and kindness will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Predeceased by his father, John Blassingame Sr., John is survived by his mother Teasie Blassingame, sister Tia Blassingame, his loving aunt Shirley Edwards (Windsor, CT), his uncles Cleonard Jackson (Detroit, MI), Paul Jackson (Detroit, MI), Silas Jackson (Detroit, MI), Samuel Jackson (Lizella, GA), and many cousins. A celebration of life will be held in safer times.

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  1. Dear Mrs . Blessing and Tia, I am so sad to learn of John’s death. John was a wonderful student, a talented poet, and if I am not presumptuous, a dear friend. Please accept my heartfelt condolences at this painful time. With love to you and your dear family, Betty Lou Blumberg

  2. Dear Mrs Blassingame and Tia, I am so sad to read of John’s passing. I was just a class ahead of John at Hamden Hall from the early days through HIgh School. He was the always loveliest person, kind, gentle, and always with a smile. I will always remember his smile, and his laugh. I was editor of the literary magazine, Faces, and John was a consistently thoughtful, smart and delightful presence. The sound of his voice, alone, was comforting. I am glad to know his passing was peaceful, as he was deserving of gentleness in every possible way. Please accept my deepest sympathies for your loss. Elizabeth (Liz) Levine Reede, Class of 1980

  3. Dearest Mrs. Blassingame and Tia, Thank you for all the precious times we spent together with your family. It helped us to build a love bridge between your hearts and ours. May God grant you courage, peace, and a strengthened faith. We will miss John Jr. Lovingly, David,Joan,Darlisa,& Davaree Crawford

  4. I am so sorry for your loss. I have 2 very found memories of John. In the spring of 1980 we were in France at the same time and spent a lovely afternoon at Versailles with Martin Beaty & Michele Demusis. I remember laughing and just enjoying his company . It was a lovely person. My other memory was how he flummoxed our English teacher Randy Richardson . We had to write a paper on one of the 7 deadly sins, we were reading the screw tape letters, John chose sloth and staple several blank pieces of paper together and handed it in. Our teacher could not decide if he should be given an A or an F. Im so sorry to hear this news. Stay well. Warm regards, Linda Slusky Alpuche

  5. So sorry to hear about this – I will always remember John with admiration as a classmate at Hamden Hall.

  6. I was saddened to hear of John’s passing. He was a year behind me at Hamden Hall, and I remember his being a very kind person with a great sense of humor. I know he will be deeply missed by those who were close to him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

  7. I am so sorry to hear of John’s passing. John and I were at Tulane Law School (T’92) together in New Orleans. After graduation we kept in touch but unfortunately with distance and family obligations we lost track of one another. I always enjoyed his diverse knowledge on almost all subjects and I especially loved hearing his laugh and seeing that beautiful smile. Condolences and prayers are being said for the family.

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