Donald H. Blanshaft, 79

Donald H. “Don” Blanshaft, 79, of Dagsboro, Del., formerly of Staten Island, N.Y., passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, at his home. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., son of the late Carl Blanshaft and Dorothy (Gold) Blanshaft.

Blanshaft proudly served his country in the United States Air Force from 1955 to 1959 and then served in the United States Army Reserves, retiring in 1986 after 28 years. Blanshaft retired as a police officer with the New York Police Depatment in 1984 after a successful career on the force, with 22 years of service. He also worked as a customs agent at the John F. Kennedy International Airport for 10 years, until his complete retirement and move to Delaware in 2001. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Blanshaft is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Ann C. (Trotta) Blanshaft; two children, Kimberly Blanshaft of Aberdeen, N.J., and Stephen Blanshaft of Naples, Fla.; and a brother, Michael Blanshaft, and his family.

A service was to be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 26669 Patriots Way, Millsboro, Del., A gathering at the family home will follow the interment. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to the Sussex County SPCA, by visiting Condolences may be sent online at