BLATCHFORD NICK BLATCHFORD May 6,1919 - February 1, 2009 On February 1, 2009, Nick Blatchford of Fairfax, Virginia. He was a noted journalist with the Washington Daily News and Washington Star papers, a lover of people of all walks of life, a hiker of North Woods trails, a fisherman, a husband/father/grandfather/great grandfather, a storyteller.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Ed Jernigan of Nithburg, Ontario; his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Mary Lee Blatchford of Eldersburg MD; grandchildren, Amanda Jernigan and her partner John Haney, Carey and Ethan Jernigan, David Blatchford and his wife, Deanna and their daughter, Delanie, and Kate Blatchford and her fiance, Tristan York and many, many friends. A memorial service will be held in May. Donations in Nick's memory may be made to the Whitman-Walker Clinic at 1701 14th Street NW, Washington DC 20009 ( www.wwc.org ) or to the Faces Foundation, PO Box 69554, Portland OR 97239 ( www.facesfoundation.org ).
Photo courtesy of his daughter, Kim Blatchford Jernigan
Attribution: Washington Post
Reply by Russ White on February 2009 - Nick Blatchford was the finest man I met in nearly 50 years of newspaper work. A top notch editor, a gentleman and a great friend. I was 17 when Nick hired me as a copyboy at the Washington Daily News. He taught me my first and lasting lessons as a journalist. To write about people not scores. To lift the underdog. To crush the bullies. He backed me as the News baseball writer when I was 22 and back from my tour in the Navy. He attended our wedding in January 1967. We stayed friends throughout the years. My friend Dave Moore and I visited Nick at his home not too many years ago and my wife took a picture of Nick, Dave and myself on Nick's four-poster bed. Shortly after this, Nick took a spill at home and lost some of his memory. Meanwhile, Dave had sent him the picture and Nick wrote him that he didn't remember how the picture was taken. "Who are those two guys with me in my bed?" he asked politely.