Cecil Blackburn

    Cecil (Bugs) Blackburn, 73,  passed away in the early morning, Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, at home, surrounded by his loving family. Cecil was born June 30, 1946, in Martin, Ky, to the late James and Geneva (Meade) Blackburn.
    He was the middle child of three boys. At an early age, the family moved to Michigan.   
    Cecil attended Paw Paw High School, where he was active in various sports and had a love for hot rods. He graduated in 1964. He proudly went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps (Semper Fi…Oorah) during the Vietnam War.
    After returning home, he was employed with The Upjohn Company for 35 years, before retiring from Pharmacia. In addition to his full time work at Upjohn, he was the varsity boys golf coach at Portage Northern High School for 11 years,  from 1986 to 1997.
    Cecil married Rosemary Bonarski in 1966 and had two children, Amy Lynn and Jeffrey James. As a family, they made lifetime memories which they will cherish forever.
    Cecil loved both managing the Men’s Tuesday Night Golf League and his Friday golf games at the Moors. He had a passion for coaching the boys’ and girls’ junior varsity golf teams at Hackett Catholic Prep High School. He loved Martini Mondays with his best friends,  his Western Michigan University season hockey tickets, and watching his granddaughter play all the sports she loved. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, laughing and living life to its fullest. He was a loving and caring person, devoted husband, father, papa, and friend, always thinking of others first.
    Cecil leaves behind his beloved wife Rosie; children, Amy Blackburn Small and Jeff (Michelle) Blackburn; granddaughters, Amelia Small (Joey DeRosa), Tori (Jerome) Lieter; brothers, James (Carol) Blackburn, Greg (Sue) Blackburn; sisters-in-law, Jan Bonarski, Barbara Zach, Jacqui Groenland and Patti Carpenter; along with many nephews and nieces.
    A Celebration of Life with Marine Military Honors will be held today (Friday, Nov. 15), from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., with Military Honors beginning  at 11:30 a.m. at the Fraternal Order Of Eagles 3531, 11611 Shaver Road, Schoolcraft, MI.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Greater Kalamazoo (Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan) or Kalamazoo Hackett Catholic Prep Golf Program.
    Share A memory or sign the guest book at: www.adamspawpaw.com.

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