Earl R. Blazer joined the Great Architect of the Universe in the Celestial Lodge above on Saturday September 18, 2021. He was born on January 25, 1926 in Canton, OH to the late Oliver and Claire Blazer. He was preceded in death by brothers: Herbert, Donald, Robert and Marvin as well as sister Marjorie King. He is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and Masonic Brothers.
After graduation from the Timken Vocational High School, Earl served proudly in the United States Navy deploying to the Pacific during World War II. Following his Honorable discharge, he attended Kent State University receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in 1950. After a brief stint with J.C. Penney, he worked in the International Division of the Timken Company for over 35 years before retiring in 1988.
One of Earl’s true passions was being a Brother in the Free and Accepted Masons of Ohio. He was raised in Canton Lodge #60 in 1952 and became active immediately. He became Master of the Lodge in 1962 and would have been a 70-year member in 2022. He was also a proud member of all bodies of the York Rite as well as all bodies of the Scottish Rite, Valley of Canton. Among his many Masonic accomplishments and awards were: the Degree of the Chevalier, the Advisors Cross of Honor and the Active Legion of Honor in DeMolay. In the Grand Lodge of Ohio, he was appointed a District Deputy Grand Master for the 21st Masonic District in 1970. As a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Canton, he served as Commander and Chief of the Stark Consistory, as a Valley Trustee for over 33 years and was coroneted a 33rd degree Mason, Honorary Member of the Supreme Council in 1968. He participated actively in the Ohio Council of Deliberation serving on several committees and chairing the Committee on Visitors for nearly 15 years. In 2008, he received the coveted Ohio Council of Deliberation Medal of Honor. Earl was also a member of the Tadmor Shrine, Holyrood Conclave and Red Cross of Constantine.
Earl also loved his faith in God and attended Trinity Lutheran Church in downtown Canton for decades until they closed their doors. He then became a faithful member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where he attended until his death.
His love of God, his Country, his Masonic Brothers and his music made him the person that he was and he’ll be missed by many as he ascends to Heaven.
Calling hours are Wednesday 5:30 – 8 PM at the Arnold Funeral Home, 1517 Market Ave, N. The Masonic service will begin at 6:30 PM followed by the Scottish Rite Service and all are welcome to be in attendance. Funeral services are Thursday 1:00 PM at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church with Pastor Mark Williams officiating. Final Viewing is one hour prior to services Thursday 12 noon-1 PM in the church. Final resting place is Forest Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the: Canton Masonic Association, 836 Market Ave. N., Canton, OH 44702 or Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2551 – 55th Street NE, Canton, OH 44721.
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