Allan St. John Blondell Sr.


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Saturday, October 2, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

The Meeting Place | 5885 Robert Oliver Place | Columbia, MD 21045


Service

Saturday, October 2, 2021 | Time: 11:30 a.m.

The Meeting Place | 5885 Robert Oliver Place | Columbia, MD 21045


Repast

Saturday, October 2, 2021

There is a celebratory repast immediately following the service

The Meeting Place | 5885 Robert Oliver Place | Columbia, MD 21045


Memorial Fund in lieu of flowers:https://gofund.me/b86d4527


Allan St. John Blondell, Sr. passed on Friday, September 03, 2021, suddenly of cardiac arrest at the Howard County General Hospital in Columbia, Maryland at the age of 74. He was born to the late Allan J. Benjamin and Yvonne Duplessy Blondell at The Bahamas General Hospital, now known as Princess Margaret Hospital, on March 6, 1947. The family migrated to Miami, Florida, in 1958 when Allan was 11 and Stephanie (sister) was 10. They attended Holy Redeemer Catholic School on N.W. 71st Street in Liberty City. This was a thriving suburb of the then rigidly segregated Miami, populated by middle and upper-income Black Americans. This was also a favorite area to live for Bahamian migrants moving to South Florida.


Allan was a trailblazer. He was among the first Black students to Integrate Miami’s all-boys Archbishop Curley High School. After graduating from Archbishop Curley High School in 1965, Allan went on to Miami-Dade Community College, where he received an Associates of Arts Degree in 1967, and subsequently received his BA degree from Howard University in Washington, D.C., in 1971, and an MA at Virginia Tech University, 1977.


Family and friends experienced a vibrant, vivacious, and relentless gentleman through his knowledge of history and most importantly, his perseverance in pursuit of his beloved wife, Helena. Allan often shared the story of how he stalked, and plotted, for eight years, to win the heart of the now Helena Duhart Blondell, who even had him removed from her Miss Booker T. Washington High School football celebration. Allan continued to persevere and on May 31, 1969, he married Helena Duhart, his soul mate. The couple lived in Washington, D.C., Arlington, Virginia, built a home in Columbia, Maryland and later transitioned to nearby Ellicott City, Maryland, in retirement. After eight years as an Administrator in the Virginia school system, sharing his passion for history, Allan embraced the opportunity to attend Nova University Law in South Florida and moved back to Florida, but while attending Law School, an opportunity presented itself to enter the lucrative K-12 Textbook Publishing Industry, in which he had a very successful career that included; Sales at Savin Business Machines, Inc.; District Sales Manager, Globe Book Company; VP Strategic Initiatives, Great Source Division at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt;, Account Manager & Sales at Simon & Schuster; Sales Manager at McGraw-Hill; VP of Strategic Sales at Success for All; VP of Strategic Initiatives at Cambium Learning; Business Development at Science Weekly; and Consultant at The Teaching Channel.


In spite of the wonderful accomplishments, none made it more joyous than when Allan and Helena had a son, Allan “St. Johnn” Blondell, II on 15th of January 1978. St. Johnn preceded Allan in death on August 10, 2021. Allan is survived by four grandchildren, Allan St. Johnn, III (20), Twins, Lucy, and Ben (9), and Charley Renee (5 months); his daughter-in-law, Kimberley Blondell, sister Stephanie Stubbs (Christopher), brother Raymond Rouboneau, brother-in-law, James Duhart, sister-in-law, Beverly Ebony (Ferrier), and former daughter in law, Cara Dwyer. Allan has a wonderful family of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who are extended family. His favorite activity was to surround himself with family and friends. Allan loved people.