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Lynn Arthur Bliven, age 74, of Concord, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 4, 2021 at the Preston House in Charlotte, NC. His final days were spent surrounded by loving family. Lynn was the youngest son of the late Wallace and Mary McDonald Bliven born on July 1, 1946 in Middletown, NY.
Lynn grew up in Middletown’s Washington Heights neighborhood and graduated from Middletown High School. In the 1960’s Lynn proudly served his country in the United States Army in Vietnam. He went on to work as a Line Foreman at Orange and Rockland Utilities for 34 years.
A devoted loving father to Shawn and Tracy Lynne Bliven; Lynn embraced fatherhood and could be found playing catch in the yard after dinner, working on a bike, or in the yard with his beloved wife and dog Heidi by his side.
In 1968 Lynn married Kathleen Gargiulo in Goshen, NY. Together for 52 years they enjoyed cooking, traveling in their motorhome, auto racing, and entertaining family and friends. They decided to retire to Concord, NC in 2012 where they met many supportive neighbors. You often found Lynn in the garage working on a home improvement project, on his truck / motorhome, or in the yard while listening to classic country music. His things were always very neat and clean, he loved to do laundry! Lynn loved animals, especially Becky, Heidi, Teddy, and Tonka Jameson. He could never turn down a bowl of ice cream!
He was a longtime patriot of Orange County Fair Speedway in Middletown, NY. Beginning early on cheering for his brother #19. Every Saturday night you knew where to find Lynn; in the cover grandstands surrounded by lifelong friends. He truly enjoyed the sport of DIRT and NASCAR racing. Lynn also enjoyed playing golf participating in a league with co-workers. He bowled every Wednesday night for years at Middletown Lanes winning multiple championships as well as bringing home plenty of trophies. Lynn was a devoted husband and father; his family was well provided for. He was a hardworking man and loved by many.
Lynn is survived by his wife; Kathleen Bliven of Concord, NC, his son; Shawn Bliven of Concord, NC, and his daughter Tracy Lynne Bliven of Arvada, CO.
In addition to his parents, Lynn was preceded in death by his brother, Fredrick Bliven. He also leaves behind numerous loving relatives and friends.
Friends may visit with the family at Donovan’s Funeral Home, Goshen, NY, September 16, 2021 from 6-8 PM. A burial will be at St Joseph’s Cemetery, Middletown, NY September 17, 2021 at 10am. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in his name to Hospice and Palliative Care, 7845 Little Ave, Charlotte, NC 28226 and Wounded Warriors Project P.O. Box 758516 Topeka, KS 66675.
Carolina Cremation of Salisbury and Charlotte is assisting the Bliven family of Concord. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinacremation.com.
Leslie Roosa says
Dear Kathy, Shawn and Tracy
My deepest sympathy..I am so very sorry
For your loss