William Gerald Blackwell Sr.

“A Perfect Life

Although I am so very small

My hands are clenched so tight

That you will hear my humble call

Through rain and snow this night.


And when you do receive it,

I’ll be so very glad

To know that you will keep me fit

And make me your good lad.


And when I grow a bigger boy,

I’ll teach and live for you

And then I’ll die in perfect joy

For I’ll go up to you.

--Billy Blackwell, age 11”

At the age of 90, William G. Blackwell completed his version of a perfect life. Bill (or “Grandy”), was born in Philadelphia, PA, but spent most of his life in the Washington, DC area, dedicating his career to the printing and communications industry. Coming to Washington from New York as a young man, he published books for Tal Hiebert and then branched out as a sales manager for Goetz Printing and Andromeda Associates. He founded and directed Publications Management, ushering clients personally through the printing and publishing process.

Bill loved being around people and was always up for a drive. From dispatching and driving for Yellow Cab in his youth, to Sunday drives and weekend road trips with his kids, to chauffeuring and making deliveries for Excel in his later years, Bill provided a safe space, a friendly smile, and great tales of history and folklore of Washington, DC with every ride.

Bill was an Eagle Scout and loved camping and fishing. The family has scheduled a memorial camping trip in honor of Grandy for his 91st birthday.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Janette; daughter, Lisa Danahy; son, Gerry Blackwell; six grandsons, Brian Danahy, Grant Blackwell, Billy Blackwell, Patrick Danahy, Jack Blackwell, and Greg Blackwell; and brother, Greg Young.

At his request, no service will be held. A Celebration of Life will take place on May 15, 2021. Please contact the family for details.

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