Joseph E. Blount

Date of Passing:

February 16, 2022

Blount, Joseph E., 84, formerly of Prospect Street, Barrington, died peacefully on February 16, 2022 surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Karen V. (Frick) Blount.

Born in Pawtucket, a son of the late Joseph F. and Hilda I.(Wilkinson) Blount, he lived in Barrington for 50 years and Rumford for the past several years.

Mr. Blount was a co-owner of Blount Bennett Architects of East Providence for 30 years before retiring in 2016.

Joseph received a Bachelor of Science Degree from RISD Class of 1960.

Joseph was a Unites States Veteran serving in the Naval Reserves.

Mr. Blount was a communicant of St. Luke Church where he was the architect of the new church built in 2005. He was a member of the parish council, President of the parish’s Home and School Association and member of the parish’s Knight of Columbus. He also was a member of the Town of Barrington Planning Board for 10 years.

Joseph was Chairman of The Skating Club of Boston for the past year, where he previously was the Club President for the past 21 years.

Mr. Blount enjoyed spending time with his loving grandsons.

Joe was a man of purpose, honesty, sincere kindness, good humor, unfailing integrity and had a steadfast vision.

Besides his wife of sixty years, he is survived by two daughters, Linda M. Blount and her husband Michael M. Murphy of Beverly, MA and Jennifer A. Medico of Pembroke, MA; two grandchildren, Robert L. Medico III and Joseph E. Medico both of Pembroke, MA; two sisters, Elizabeth I. Brennan of Lincoln and Hilda M. Lyon of Cumberland; a brother, Thomas J. Blount of Coventry and several nieces and nephews. He was the brother of the late Robert F. Blount.

His Funeral will be held on Monday February 21, 2022 from the W. RAYMOND WATSON FUNERAL HOME, 350 Willett Avenue, Riverside at 8:45 a.m. with a Mass of Christian Burial in St Luke Church, Washington Road, Barrington at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Calling hours are Sunday 3-7 p.m. Flowers are respectfully omitted. Contributions in Joseph’s memory to

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  1. I’m so very sorry I just found out about Joe’s death. I was a good friend of Joe’s. I know how to I think I was one of the owners of Providence blueprint company. Joe was a phone man and I considered him a phone friend

    I myself have just lost my wife of 60 years and I know how you must feel and I sympathize with you even though this is a year later, we had a celebration of my wife Jones life this last Tuesday in Wickford, Rhode, Island and I know she would have been pleased Mitchell rest in peace and may you be happy in the rest of your life

  2. As fellow classmates at RISD and close friends at that time I wish to make contact with Karen and correspond but do not have a mailing or Email address. Carol and i live in South Carolina.

  3. May Joe rest in peace. He was such a kind and generous man. I’m so sorry that I wasn’t able to coneclebrate his funeral. RIP.

  4. Dear Karen, My heart goes out to you and the girls at this saddest of times. I just got home last evening from a week at Miriam Hospital for gallbladder surgery. While my presence and my words could never bring Joe back, under normal circumstances I would have been at church just trying to silently stand with you. The many many years of sitting on Parish Council with Joe, the memorable years at St. Luke’s School, the social events and fundraisers we shared, all were part of my wonderful life here. As long as there is a St. Luke’s Church, there will always be great guy who put his heart and soul into it. Blessings and comfort to you and peace to Joe.

  5. My deepest condolences Karen.. Sending hugs and prayers.. Rest in peace, Joe..

  6. Dear Karen sorrywe could not make the service. Joe was a proud and ideal client especially as to the Amica building .Our prayers are with him

  7. Dear Karen we could make the service. Joe was a proud and ideal client especially as to the Amica building .Our prayers are with him

  8. My dear Aunt Karen, Linda, Jennifer and family, Bob and I wish to offer our sincere condolences at the passing of our much loved Uncle Joe. We wish we could have been there for you, but with everything happening in the world today, we will not fly, and the drive from Florida is much too long for us. Our hearts and minds are with you all. God bless you. Memories of this beautiful man will always be with you (and us).

  9. On behalf of the MacInnes family a mass at Saint Cecilia’s Church in Boston, MA will be celebrated in the memory of Joe Blount. Prayers and healing for his beloved family and friends; we wish we could be with you in prayer and celebration of Joe’s life at his services today. We do share in your sadness and are thinking of Joe’s entire community in friendship today.
    With respect, Erica and Ieva MacInnes and family.

  10. My condolences to Joe’s family and especially Joe’s sister Liz who I also had the pleasure of being a classmate with from grade two till we left St. Joe’s in 1952 and Joe from SRA in 1955. RIP Joe, yours was an exemplary life. God Bless!

  11. My whole heart goes out to you, Linda..and to your mother and your sister. I had the pleasure of meeting him in the past, and he was the sweetest guy ever!! He will be missed, and my prayers will be for you three!


  12. Rest In Peace my good friend… Although you have gone from us to soon there is no one who has been associated with the Skating Club of Boston over the last 40 years that deserved a peaceful passing than you..
    Thank you for being my sponsor back in the early 80’s.. my first impression of you then, now and forever is that you were a family man…
    Not only to my family and your beautiful family Karen,
    Linda & Jennifer but to every member of the United States Figure family that you ever came in contact with.. Your amazing accomplishments will forever be remembered by many but the good Lord will be the one to judge you for the good man that you were….
    Again Rest In Peace my friend…..

  13. My condolences to the family of a wonderful man, architect and friend. Blount Bennett designed almost every home built by my for former company Oldport Homes. Joe and his partner George were my partners in the building Project 526 of Extreme Makeover Home Edition, a beautiful custom home we built free in 6 days. His role in making this happen was very significant. May you Rest In Peace Joe.

  14. Joe was a great friend and prays are with you
    Rest In Peace

  15. To the entire Blount/Brennan and Frick families – my thoughts are with you all. I will always think of Joe as a giant in his community and family. He is a legend, as were his wide-open bear hugs – always! I will miss his quirky humor and his never ending smiles.

  16. I was sorry to read of Joe’s passing. Many years ago , as a general contractor, I had the good fortune to erect two buildings that Joe designed. I recall what a fair and honest man he was. My condolences to his family.

  17. Our hearts are so saddened for your loss. We are forever grateful for the gift of Joe and your family in all of our lives. Joe’s circle of skating friends and family are surrounding you with love. He was an extraordinary man who humbly shared his many talents and gave tirelessly of himself in every aspect of his life. Joe truly made the world a better place, and by his daily actions he made each of us strive to be better people. We will miss him dearly. Sending much to love to all of you.

  18. Joe was a quiet student who was serious but recognizable for his potential. His subsequent accomplishments give credence to that potential. May you all continue to take pride in his life well-lived and may he Rest In Peace. Mike Cronin SRA “55”

  19. Our hearts are filled with such sadness at the loss of our leader and friend at the Skating club of Boston Joe Blount. Joe was an enormously
    caring and generous man and giant in
    so many arenas. I will always cherish
    the memory of Joe’s infectious smile ,
    kindness and love and respect for all
    the children at the Skating Club of Boston. Joe truly was a man like no other and his loss incomparable. Karen, Linda , Jennifer and family,
    Please know that you are in our thoughts. Elizabeth Frick and family

  20. To Blount family I’m so very sorry for your loss joe was a great man one of Nicest guys I have ever had pleasure being a part of Murphy family we all will miss him very much joe and Marty Murphy will be in heaven ice skating together watching over us love to whole family during this difficult time ❤️❤️

  21. Our heartfelt condolences to Linda, Jen, Karen and the entire family. Joe was always a welcoming face at the Skating Club of Boston, full of colorful stories of past and helpful advice for always staying the course through the future. He will be greatly missed!

  22. My condolences to Joe’s family. As volunteer coordinator at H.O.M.E. I had the privilege of working with Joe the past few years. His heart and knowledge will be greatly missed.

  23. Our sincere condolences to the Blount family. Joe was a cherished volunteer with us at our HOME mission in Maine, we will miss him dearly. You are loved.

  24. Our sincere sympathy to the Blount family. I enjoyed getting to know Joe over many years at St. Luke Parish especially during our time on the church rebuilding project. May he rest in peace, prayers for all.

  25. Richard and I are shocked and saddened by learning of Joe’s death. There are so many fond memories, going back so many years…especially with the connections to St. Luke’s School, when our children were young. Joe will be missed, but thought of, every time one sits in St. Luke’s Church, and appreciates his talent as both an architect and a faithful parishioner. Rest in peace Joe.

  26. To the Blount family his wife Karen and loving daughters Linda and Jennifer, with a sad heart. We are sending our deepest sympathy prayers and condolences. Heaven has gained a new Angel ?. Cindy and Lenny Jerrier.

  27. Joe brought me into the US Naval Reserve when I was 17 and he was 26. He was a first class, stand up man – none finer. He made a difference in my life. Thank you Joe. My condolences to Karen and his family.

  28. What a wonderful man, Joe, so committed to everything he did. The world was a better place because of him, and his memory will surely live on through the things he accomplished and the many, many people he touched along the way. His loving family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  29. Sending deepest sympathies to you all. Joe Blount was such a fine and caring man, devoted to his family, and always willing to step forward to serve others. I met him through the Skating Club of Boston and grew to respect him immensely. I can only imagine how much he will be missed by his family. And I am also deeply grateful that he was blessed to live long enough to enjoy seeing his daughters grow up into such fine and wonderful people. You made him very proud. Sending love and gratitude.

  30. Rest easy dear Joe. Your legacy of hard work, kindness to all and integrity lives on in all of those you have worked with and inspired. Your hard work in creating and building the new Skating Club of Boston will bring our community together for generations to come. God Bless Karen, Linda, Jen and the rest of your family – we will miss you!

  31. Dear Karen, Linda & Jennifer,

    We are so very sorry to hear about Joe. He was a kind, and determined person with a vision to build a beautiful training center for The Skating Club of Boston. Without his vision, tenacity, and leadership the new facility might still be incompleted. Most importantly, he was a good friend, and we will miss his welcome smile. We were aware of Karen & Joe’s Friday trips to Boston all those years but not his other civic & religious activities as well.
    He was so proud of his daughters, and Karen was his always present supporter. He will be missed by all the club members and his legacy will endure forever.

  32. Our deepest condolences. May he rest in peace. He was a wonderful man.

  33. My condolences to the Blount family.
    Joe will always be in our hearts forever

  34. Joe was a gentleman and a wonderful leader for the Skating Club. My thoughts and prayers go to the family. RIP Joe.
    Gerry Lane

  35. Joe’s legacy will be long remembered at the Skating Club of Boston. His vision and tireless efforts were why we were so successful in moving SCOB to Norwood. He was someone I greatly respected and he will be truly missed by me and so many others. Rest in peace.

  36. Prayers are with you and your family during this time.

  37. Rest In Peace

  38. Joe was a faithful member of St Luke’s Church.He travelled many times to the HOME mission in Maine.
    Rest In Peace my friend.

  39. Joe was a faithful member of St Luke’s Church.He travelled many times to the HOME mission in Maine.
    Rest In Peace my friend-Fr Bob

  40. Karen, Linda, and Jen, our sincere condolences for your loss. Joe will forever be remembered by our family not only for his dedication and hard work that helped re-invent the SCOB, but also for his consistent pleasant personality and genuine giant smile. May he rest in peace.

  41. A man like no other. Then. Now. Ever.

  42. I am so sorry for your loss Karen, Linda & Jen. Thinking of you all during this very difficult time.

  43. My deepest condolences to you Karen along with Jennifer and Linda. May he rest in peace and enjoy the friendship of my husband Frank who will take him in as a great friend. God is Good and Heaven is Peace!!! Love you girls….

  44. My sincere condolences and love to Karen, Linda and Jen. May your sweet memories be a blessing

  45. A truly wonderful, great, man. Such a leader in our Skating Club of Boston and a good friend of our family for more than 20 yrs. I don’t think we can ever thank you enough for everything you have done for us and all the children who will forever benefit from your dreams of the club’s legacy You envisioned it, built it and it is here for all to fulfill their dreams both great and small

    Love the Shaughnessy & Ronzio families

  46. Joe did so much for so many people he never met. For those of us who knew Joe, he was a champ! I am very sorry for your, our, loss. God bless You, Karen, Linda, Jennifer and your loved ones. You are loved by many friends.

  47. My deepest condolences to you Karen, Linda and Jennifer. May your husband and father Rest in Peace. He was a wonderful person to all that knew him

  48. My whole heart goes out to you and your family. Our deepest condolences.

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