Calling him a “Staple of the community,” London Mayor Patrick J. Closser said Thursday that the late William G. “Bill” Blazer was a man of integrity and character. “He was a great man,” said the mayor.
Blazer, 63, of London, passed away on Wednesday.
“It is sometimes a cliche to say about someone that, ‘He would give you the shirt off his back,’ but Bill was that guy,” Mayor Closser said. “I’ve know him a while, but got to know him more when I became involved in the city. In 2013, when the executive director for the Madison County Chamber of Commerce left, Bill stepped up and stepped into that position for us. He didn’t want it to be long-term but he wanted to help out. That was the kind of man he was. If someone needed help, he was always there.”
The mayor said Blazer served a little over a year and half as executive director, and “did great things for the Chamber even in the short time he was there.”
Blazer was a member of the Madison County Board of Elections and a member of London Board of Public Utilities.
“I worked with him when he was chairman of the Board of Public Utilities. He was a man of wisdom, and always had life lessons and tidbits of advice. He was a mentor and always was willing to share his knowledge,” Closser said.
After his years in the car business Blazer turned to education. He was named the Athletic Director at Urbana University. Later he moved to Ohio Dominican University, also as the Athletic Director. When he retired from Ohio Dominican in 2012, Bill was given the title of Athletic Director Emeritus. “I know the people there are devastated by the news of his passing,” the mayor said.
Blazer was also on the Executive Committee of the Republican party Central Committee representing Ward 1B.
“He was very active in the community,” said Closser.
“He just touched so many peoples’ lives in this community. He was always in a good mood no matter what. He was always smiling no matter what.”
Calling hours will be Sunday, July 9 at the First United Methodist Church from 2-3:30 p.m. with a Memorial Service immediately following.
For complete funeral information, see page 2.
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