Fulton-Theroux Funeral Service

181 Ocean Ave, New London, CT


Daryl M. Blonder

June 13, 1981November 12, 2012

Salem- Daryl Mark Blonder, 31, of Salem, beloved son of Edward and Janice Blonder, passed away unexpectedly on November 11,2012.

Daryl was born on June 13, 1981, in New London and graduated from East Lyme High School in 1999. Currently he was employed at East Lyme McDonalds, Waterford Regal Cinemas, and occasionally in the family business, Design Essence Inc.

Interested in acting since he was a young boy, Daryl took to writing a screenplay, “Loveless” in his teens, for which an initial trailer was produced. Later he won the part of Ray Negron, a bat boy for the New York Yankees, in the ESPN mini series “The Bronx Is Burning.” He was thrilled to work with John Turturro and Oliver Platt. He loved the movie business, where in addition to acting he worked as a caterer, driver, and production assistant.

Last fall, he published a remarkably poignant memoir, “Problem Child: Confessions of an Aspie”, that chronicles his struggles with Asperger syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder, and depression. Most recently, he developed an artful website that reached out to adults with autism spectrum disorders.

Daryl proudly described himself as a “road geek”, having extensively traveled the country by car and was a member of “The Extra Miler Club.” He actively participated in the effort to complete Route 11 in SE CT. He loved politics, and was a rabid Libertarian. Daryl so loved cats that he tracked down the great-great grandaughter of his first and favorite Cornish Rex Juliette and had her flown from Arizona to his home in Salem.

In addition to his parents, Daryl is survived by his Great Uncle Roland LaCasse of Niantic, Aunts and Uncles Sharon and Dr. Robert Leff of Hilton Head S.C., Dr. Jeffrey Blonder and Paula Wagener of Debary Fla., and several cousins. He was predeceased by his Uncle Louis C. Beaudreau of Waterford.

Daryl we will miss beyond words your many talents and your passionate yet sweet nature. You will be in our hearts forever.

It is very telling that you left us on Veterans Day. You surely fought hard and with great courage the toughest of battles.

We would like to thank all of our wonderful friends, family members, and doctors who reached out to Daryl during his life and brought to him so many bright spots and so much hope. You all know who you are.

A Funeral Service will be held on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 11:30am in Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 181 Ocean Ave, New London, CT 06320. Interment will be private. Calling Hours will be held on Thursday, November 15, 2012 from 6:00 until 8:00pm in Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home. Please visit www.fultontherouxnewlondon.com for photos, tributes, directions and more service information. Donations may be made in Daryl’s memory to the Niantic Rotary Foundation, P.O.Box 339, Niantic, CT 06357 for their many charities.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 15, 2012

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, November 16, 2012


Daryl M. Blonder

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Steven Yount

November 10, 2015

I am saddened to find out Daryl has passed. I was searching online for people I went to acting classes with and just found out. We didn't know each other much outside of class but he was a good guy and I'm sad to hear he is gone.


September 22, 2013

I bought Daryl's book when I was first diagnosed with AS. He lived one town over from me and was one year older.

Brenda Wilson

September 4, 2013

Daryl, there is never one day I don't visit your picture and smile. You see, it stays in our Center at Ryan Woods Autism Foundation. You meant just that much to all of the kids and especially me. You will always be missed. I can see you know -- "now where is the next road going to take me." Travel on as much as you wish and think of us while you are having so much fun! Brenda Wilson & The RWAF Family

Beverly Ruiz

September 1, 2013

Even though he is gone is sprite still lives on. He is with is beloved father looking down on us. Let not your heart be trouble Daryl loved you guys much.

Regina Carreon

August 31, 2013

I just was looking on youtube and found a report on Daryl. Right now my nephew is struggling with Aspergers as he is going thru the tough transition to adulthood. I found Daryl's story to be very inspiring and am so sad to see he passed away. Surely he is in heaven and I can only hope he can pass some of his spirit down to my nephew. Sending my utmost condolences to Daryl's family.
Sincerely, R.Carreon.

January 9, 2013

Jan and Ed-I have wanted to write you a note since I read of Daryl's death. I am heartbroken for you. I had purchased Daryl's book the year before as a Christmas gift. How talented Daryl was in explaining his autism in such a beautiful and articulate way. My thoughts are with you
Dorothy East

Beverly Ruiz

December 6, 2012

Jan &Ed, My heart sank when l heard of the loss of your beautiful son Daryl. Even though l did not get the chance to meet him, but l know how special he was to your family. God will continued to make him be the angel he was on earth now looking down on us from heaven above.He will be miss greatly.
Love Beverly,Akissa and Neema.

Denise Lopez Sawyers

December 5, 2012

I met Daryl at RWAF and he made a huge impact on me when he was speaking to others about his experience with Autism. He will be missed. I am truly sorry for your loss.

Jennifer Woods

December 5, 2012

Hi Janic and Ed.
I am very sorry to hear of the passing of your son Daryl. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
The Woods Family of Cromwell and Middletown. Ryan Woods Autism foundation.

Brenda Wilson

December 5, 2012

Jan and Ed, Daryl was a loaned gift from God to you and everyone he touched. He was really special. He will be missed in the autism community. His many talents are now being shared by those in his chapter of life now and for this we have to be sad but grateful.

May God continue to shine his light on you and add years and joy to your lives.

Brenda Wilson, Founder
Ryan Woods Autism Foundation
100 Riverview Center, Suite 102
Middletown, CT 06457