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Richard Blanchard, toy and variety store merchant, dies

Richard Blanchard, toy and variety store merchant, dies

Richard E. Blanchard, a wholesale toy business owner who later operated a trio of popular Rehoboth Beach, Del., variety shops, died of multiple organ failure Nov. 17 at Gilchrist Hospice Care in Towson.

He was 92 and lived at the Masonic Home of Maryland in Cockeysville.

Born in Baltimore, he was the son of Samuel Blanchard and his wife, Alice Ellis. He lived on Kirk Avenue near Waverly.

He was one of 10 children and his mother felt he would benefit by singing in a church choir.

“She felt it would be a good discipline,” said his daughter, Jayne Blanchard of Baltimore. “He also had a beautiful voice and he loved to sing in...

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