Fred Blakesley
Inducted in 2008
Fred Blakesley was a Suffield High School custodian from 1947-1975 who had a major impact on the town’s young athletes. He was a dedicated Little League Baseball umpire and the basketball clock operator at the high school games for over twenty years. In fulfilling those responsibilities, Fred served the youth in town as a mentor, role model, teacher, supporter, and father figure to many. With his quiet, unassuming demeanor, Fred took a genuine interest in people of all ages. Whether it was giving kids rides to and from practice and games, or just giving advice and encouragement, he was always there to help. Fred was awarded the Suffield Teachers Distinguished Service Award and chosen “Man of the Year” by the Suffield Jaycees.

We are very proud to includeFred Blakesley into the Suffield Athletic Hall of Fame. He was one of a kind, an institution in Suffield for all of the good in life and a true friend to all.