OBITUARY

Patricia "Paddy" Blackman

November 8, 1946September 8, 2018

Patricia “Paddy” Blackman, 71, of Davenport, died of pancreatic cancer on September 8, 2018 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House. A Celebration of life service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, September 14, 2018 at The First Presbyterian Church, 1702 Iowa Street, Davenport. Rev. Richard Miller will be officiating. Interment is private. Memorials may be made to the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Family Resources Inc., or the Charity of your choice.

Paddy was born in 1946 in Oak Park, IL., the daughter of Jack and Lois Faulds. Paddy married John Blackman on August 10, 1968 in River Forest, IL. Paddy and John celebrated 50 years of marriage this past August 10th. A friend asked Paddy the secret of her long marriage and she replied “amnesia.” Paddy graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelors degree in English. Her family located to Davenport in 1974 where she became active in numerous civic organizations, including being a founding member of River Action. Paddy gave a lot of herself to organizations she believed in and ones she felt she had the skills to contribute. Paddy was always a very giving person. She also had a high motor, always operating at or near 100 %. Whether it was working in the Toltec warehouse, hiking with friends, traveling worldwide with granddaughters, entertaining, etc. Paddy would go all out. Paddy had a wide , varied group of friends and many interests, which included her three “R’s” Reading, Writing and Running. However, her family was always most important in her life. Paddy was fiercely loyal to all family members and loved them all dearly. She was lucky to have all eight grandchildren living locally. Paddy believed in experiences rather than things, so for each birthday she always gave a book and some adventure. When each turned thirteen they got to pick a trip anywhere in the world. Paddy would accompany the girls and John would go with the boys. Family dinners with Paddy at the head of the table will always bring fond memories.

Survivors include her husband, John; sons and daughter in laws: Add (Jennie) Blackman, Bettendorf, Luke (Jane) Blackman, Davenport, and JD Blackman, Chicago; grandchildren, Isabella, Faye, Sylvie, Lois Ann, Walter, Hila Patricia, Reid and Lillian Blackman; siblings, Kathy (Patrick) Stack, Doug (Roxanne) Faulds, Leonore (Wayne) Potter.; sister in law and best friend Anne Collins and eleven nieces and nephews. Paddy was preceded in death by her parents.

  • DONATIONS

  • Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House
  • Family Resources Inc
  • Charity of your choice

Services

  • Celebration of Life Friday, September 14, 2018
REMEMBERING

Patricia "Paddy" Blackman

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Alexandra Dirck

September 15, 2018

Paddy & I were friends through Alanon. I just learned of her passing and my heart is broken for her family. We spent many mornings over coffee talking about her love for the outdoors, adventure and her favorite, her grandchildren. She had a gift for words & making everyone feel special. I will miss her deeply.

Emily Benge

September 13, 2018

My sincere condolences on Paddys passing. May her soul be free to soar and wander. You're family is in my thoughts and prayers.
-Emily Benge

Wendell & Suann Guthart

September 13, 2018

So Sorry for your loss . Our condolences and prayers go out to the entire Blackman family . Wendell & Suann

Everett Ferguson

September 13, 2018

We are so blessed to have Paddy and the Blackman family as our friends..... we go back so many years with all the great times during Jon and Add's central days. Paddy was always there to provide love, support and humor to all of us. She will be dearly missed. Our deepest sympathy to you and all your family.

Everett and Sue

Steve Trainor

September 13, 2018

As a News Reporter, I was there in the beginning when she & Kathy Wine and one other started paying attention to the under-the-radar Levee Commission. She was there at those early morning meetings when others didn't know or care. She was an articulate and steady advocate. She stood up to speak, she went on-camera, unafraid and helped me to be there when the dilapidated structure on the riverfront came down. Paddy led the effort to clear the riverfront for ALL of us. She took off our blinders so we could see and help give us all a vision. It was fun to run into her over the years because we both "knew;" she was like an old friend, where we didn't need to say anything. Paddy made a difference like few can say. Lucky us.

Dr Thomas & Pamela Greiner

September 12, 2018

As friends we both feel honored to have known “Paddy” personally and professionally. Assisting with her pets needs and sharing visits together. Her smile, confidence, kindness and energy was truly infectious ! She will be in our hearts forever.
Fondly ,
Doc Tom & Pam Greiner

Robert Demidowicz

September 12, 2018

My dear hockey buddy and friend - I was stunned and saddened to hear of Paddy’s passing. Unfortunately I am unable to join you and your family in celebrating Paddy’s amazing life. You all are in my prayers and I am here to support you in any way that I can. God bless you all.

Your friend
Bob Demidowicz

Derek Swisher

September 12, 2018

I was so sad to hear from my Mom and Dad that Paddy had passed away over the weekend. I have lived away from the Quad Cities for a long time but always remember John and Paddy at all the boys sporting events growing up and thru High School.
Our Deepest sympathy during this very difficult time, thoughts and prayers for the entire family.
Derek & Deb Swisher

Ron Mock

September 12, 2018

Please accept my condolences. Paddy was always a delight.
My prayers are with John, Add and the rest of the family.

Kelly and Craig Piggott

September 11, 2018

I am so sad for the Blackman family! Paddy was definitely a force of nature and will be forever missed by many. The last time I saw her, I ran into her at HyVee and I knew she hadn’t been feeling well, but she looked great and had the biggest smile on her face....the same one she’d always had since the first day I met her.

Kelly