James Paul Blanchard

April 7, 1934April 7, 2019

James Paul Blanchard, 85, of Concord, NH went home to his Lord and Savior on April 7, 2019 at Presidential Oaks surrounded by loved ones. James was born April 7, 1934 in Concord, NH to Donald T. and Jean (Paul) Blanchard.

After serving in the U.S. Army from 1954-1956, James pursued his education, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Keene State College in 1960. The pursuit of a Master’s Degree from Middlebury College was interrupted to battle a life-threatening illness.

A lifelong resident of the Concord area, Jim dedicated significant time in service to the community. For over 30 years, he taught English to many students at Rundlett Jr. High School. His passion for serving the Lord and his desire that others come to know Jesus led Jim to become an integral part of many local ministries. For over 55 years, Jim ministered to the inmates of the NH State Prison through weekly Bible studies and church services, as well as the locally televised show ‘Prison Chapel of the Air.’ Jim was also very committed to WVNH radio, Maranatha Ministries, as well as Gideons International. For nearly 40 years until the time of his death, Jim served as an Elder at Concord Bible Fellowship, teaching spiritual truths from the Word of God. After becoming the first New Hampshire resident to receive a living-donor kidney from his brother Alan nearly 50 years ago, both he and Alan and their families worked to establish the New Hampshire Kidney Foundation to provide resources for kidney patients and promote life-saving organ donation.

Jim was predeceased by his parents, his brother Alan, and his beloved granddaughter, Brooke E. Blanchard.

Members of his family include his wife of 65 years, Vesta (Spinney) Blanchard of Concord; son Steven Blanchard and wife, Sally of Concord; daughter Jodi Acheson and husband, Kevin of Sanbornton; his grandchildren, whom he adored, John Blanchard and his wife, Cindy; Andrew Blanchard and his wife, Vanessa; Crystal Lemay and her husband, Jacob; Daniel Acheson and his wife, Karli; and Lauren Lossani; his great-grandchildren Ethan, Emersyn, Ainsley and Alec, who brought him great joy; his brother Donald G. Blanchard and wife Gertrude; sister-in-law Elizabeth Blanchard; many dear nieces and nephews; and his faithful dog Oscar.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Bennett Funeral Home, 209 N. Main St. Concord. A private burial service will be Friday at the NH Veterans’ Cemetery in Boscawen. A Memorial Service will take place at Concord Bible Fellowship, 25 Rockingham St. Concord, on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Jim’s name to Voice of the Martyrs (; Samaritan’s Purse (; or The National Kidney Foundation (

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Blanchard family.


  • Calling Hours Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • Private Burial Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, April 13, 2019

James Paul Blanchard

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Andrew Steenbergen

April 12, 2019

Steve, you and your Dad, led me to that alter call at the Baptist church you attended when we were about 10 years old. While I had known *about* Jesus up to that point, it was due to that once in a lifetime experience at the alter that I *knew* our lord Jesus. I am eternally grateful to you, and especially your kind and wise Dad, for opening the narrow gate and showing me the way.

Josh Hardy

April 11, 2019

I knew Jim through his hosting of a monthly program "Prison Chapel of the Air" at Concord Community TV (ConcordTV). When I started working at ConcordTV back in 2013 he was one of the first people I had a chance to meet and he was so kind and welcoming and we became good friends throughout his time as a program host at our station. I know I speak for the entire ConcordTV team in saying he will be missed greatly. Our thoughts are with the Blanchard family and all who knew him.

Lee Wilder

April 11, 2019

I taught eight graders Earth-Space Science when it was Rundlett Middle School. Jim taught English. A very thoughtful, kind man, whom I will never forgot. So sorry to hear of his passing. My best to you all.

Brett Houston

April 10, 2019

Jim was such an amazing man who loved his Lord, Vesta, and his wonderful Family, the CBF Church and all of the ministries that he was so dedicated and faithful too. He was such a Gentleman and truly gracious man who was always welcoming and full of Love and God's endearing Spirit.

Ted White

April 10, 2019

So grateful for Jim's example of faithful service to our Lord Jesus. He is enjoying glory now and for that I am thankful.