Robert Walter Blanchard

August 31, 1928March 5, 2018

Dr. Robert W. Blanchard of Bourne, Massachusetts, died peacefully at his most recent home in Keystone Place, Buzzards Bay on Monday, March 5, 2018. He was 89 years old.

He was a graduate of Harvard College, 1950. He served his country as a member of the U.S. Air Force, from 1950 to 1954 where he was stationed in Korea. When he returned, he earned his Master’s degree from Boston University in 1958. His formal education was completed in 1969 when he earned his Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts.

Dr. Blanchard led a life of service to the residents of Cape Cod, first as a Clinical Psychologist and later as Clinic Director of the Thorne Clinic from 1955-1991 where he tended to the mental health needs of the Cape and Islands community. After his retirement from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health, he went on to work for Gosnold, as a Clinical Psychologist where continued to work until the age of 86. A unique soul, Dr. Blanchard was a witty man who enjoyed playing his clarinet in the Falmouth Town Band and Cape Cod Concert Band. He loved reading, gardening, watching Harvard football games and sailing with his family and good friends.

He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Monette and his three children: Craig and his wife, Mary; Michelle and her husband, Tom; Cheryl and her husband, Bob; and his seven grandchildren: Sarah, Kaitlyn, Michael, Dylan, Graham, Robert and Allison, as well as his brother, Richard and his wife, Barbara and his nephews, David and Randall.

Visiting hours will be held at the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home on March 11, 2017 between 4-6 pm with a Funeral Service held at the Funeral Home on Monday March 12, 2018 at 10 am followed by a Military Honors burial at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Otis Air Force at 11:30 am.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Bob’s name to Beacon Hospice or a charity of your choice. A special thanks to RN, SW, Aides and Rev. Dr. Gomes.


  • Monette E. Blanchard, Wife
  • Craig Blanchard, Son
  • Mary Blanchard, Daughter-in-law
  • Michelle Wells, Daughter
  • Tom Wells, Son-in-law
  • Cheryl Blanchard, Daughter
  • Bob Blanchard, Son-in-law
  • As well as seven grandchildren, his brother Richard and his wife Barbara, and many nieces & nephews.


  • Visiting Hours Sunday, March 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, March 12, 2018
  • Burial Monday, March 12, 2018

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Doug Butler

March 12, 2018

I remeber Dr. Blanchard very well. He was such a nice guy.

Fred Hemmila

March 8, 2018

Bob was a mentor to me for many years. We shared space at the Thorne Clinic in Pocasset when I was director of the ARC/Cape Cod for twenty-five years and he was the director of the mental health clinic. We shared the facility and many experiences in meeting families' needs. He was always kind, thoughtful and insightful in his interactions with so many people. He had many interests and was ahead of his time in his thinking. Cape Cod is a much better place because of him. It is an honor to have known him and gotten guidance from him for so many years.

Jack Whitehead

March 8, 2018

Bob was a fine friend for over 30 years. Lin and I spent many happy and stimulating hours with Bob, Monette, and other members of our small group where I learned many tidbits about psychology, human foibles, and gratitude. I will miss his insights into human nature, his interest in the world, and of course his clarinet playing. I will always be grateful for the numerous books that he lent me from his copious collection. We will all miss Bob! My sincere condolences to Monette and the Kids.

Lin Whitehead

March 8, 2018

I have known Bob as a friend and fellow musician for many years. As the Director of the Falmouth Town Band, I first knew Bob as a fine clarinetist when he joined the band in 1988 where he played 1st clarinet next to Joe Oliveira, who always told funny jokes! Starting in 2003, Bob was given the Principal Chair of the clarinet section. He contributed the stability and expertise to the section, which allowed the others in the section to feel comfortable and confident, and for me to know that I could always depend on the section because of him. In addition, for several years we both played in the Boston University Alumni Band. He was also a very dedicated clarinet student of mine for a few years, and whether it was for his lesson or for the repertoire for each town band concert, he always had practiced diligently.
I remember a trip to Jackson N.H. with him, Monette, and some other very good friends and many get togethers that were extremely inspiring. We have missed these in recent years. I am so sorry for the grief that is felt and know that he will long be missed. I send my love to Monette and all of his family.