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DiBlanda, Charles

[Click any image to enlarge. Chip passed away in 2011. ]

[Yearbook] Charles DiBlanda

Charles DiBlanda

“Chippy”… Taciturn … drives a green Olds … staunch supporter of Photography club … exceptional guitar player … future in chemistry.”
Born: 12-Sep-1937
Died: 24-Jan-2011
Age: 73

Notes from a phone conversation with Chip in January 2011…

After a stint in military Intelligence (if we tell you any more about his four-year clandestine activities with the USAF, this page will dissolve into little blobs of ink and run all over your keyboard and pants. Or underwear. Or what have you…:-), Chip got into the “head hunter” (Employment) field out of Bridgeport, starting up his own firm. Over the years he became quite successful in this once-promising field. However, beginning in the 70s, manufacturing began to disappear overseas due largely to the growing cost of labor here in the U.S.

In the end, demand for engineers, managers and plant workers fell off to such an extent that Chip found it advisable to close up shop and head south to the Raleigh-Durham, NC, area, where he and wife, Barbara (married 35 years), have resided since. They have one son, Gary, a graduate of Andrew Warde High School in Fairfield. Gary continues to live in Fairfield.

While still with his recruiting firm, Chip and his trusty guitar from high school days joined up with a small band and enjoyed many nighttime gigs in and around Bridgeport. He and Barbara now live in the town of Cary, NC, a fast-growing burb of Raleigh-Durham.

By the way, I have recently learned that native North Carolinians, particularly from the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill “Triangle” area, refer to “Cary”—a suburb packed with young and middle-aged professionals, many originally from northern climes—as an acronym for “Containment Area for Relocated Yankees”! I believe it…:-)

South Yarmouth, MA
March 29, 2011


Following is the obituary forwarded by his son, Gary.

Charles E. DiBlanda, a Connecticut, small business owner, died in Wake Med Hospital in Cary, North Carolina, on January 24, 2011 after a long battle with Cancer. He was 73. He is survived by his wife, Barbara, who resides in North Carolina and his son, Gary, who resides in Connecticut.

He graduated from Staples H.S. in 1955, attended college at Tulane University and was a member of the Lackland Air Force Base Squadron 3723; Flight 270.

His passion was cars and loved electronic gadgets! He played the violin in H.S. but later picked up the guitar as a hobby.

He was a member of the String Kings in the 50’s but later went playing the guitar solo and singing at numerous private parties and at hotels and restaurants throughout the Connecticut area.

His recruiting business did very well in the 80’s and 90’s, placing many high level engineers in the aeronautical and technical fields. But unfortunately, after over a decade and a half, his illness overtook him. He was forced to retire from the business and move to North Carolina where the climate was warmer. He will be sadly missed.