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“sorry for you loss ”
1 of 20 | Posted by: rick hollis - woodward, OK

“Dan tough me for many years as a martial arts student. In that time, he displayed passion for his craft, passion for life and passion to teach his...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: A friend

“So sorry for your loss, I will miss Dan. God Bless, Johnny ”
3 of 20 | Posted by: John Thompson Sr - Westminster, MA

“So sad to hear of Dan's passing. I wish his family peace and to know of the many lives he touched with his kindness, thoughtfulness and always his...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Judy Carlson - Holden, MA

“My deepest sympathy yo Dans entire family. May he RIP ”
5 of 20 | Posted by: Bernadette Syppko - Marlboro, MA

“Strong as an ox, yet gentle as a mouse. Confident, yet humble. Stern when necessary but always on the verge of a smile and a laugh.... These...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: David Wilbur - Auburn, MA

“Rest In Peace Dan. Many prayers to all those you left behind. God Bless! ”
7 of 20 | Posted by: Victoria Warren - Needham, MA

“Mast Blash impacted and shaped who I am today. Even today, 30years later, my 3rd dan certificate hangs proudly in my office. He was a blessing to...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Jen Holden (Jose) - Jacksonville, FL

“The nicest guy on two feet. Remember him well from Lincoln St. Rest in Peace Dan. ”
9 of 20 | Posted by: Jimmy Riley and Family

“Master Blash was a leader in the New England Taekwondo community for many years. He will be missed. I extend my personal condolences to all his...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Mark Kaufmann - Melbourne, FL

“I am deeply saddened by the news of Dan's death.My utmost condolences and prayers to the Blash family. He was a great guy! ”
11 of 20 | Posted by: David Kisiel - Worcester, MA

“Kwan Jang Nim is what many people knew him as a lot of people thought it was his real name. Master Blash taught life lessons as well as kicking,...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Jason Grant - Auburn, MA

“Very sorry to hear about Dans passing. I met him back in the 80s at O.S Walker. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May god bless you all. ”
13 of 20 | Posted by: Lisa Comeau - Millbury, MA

“I would like to express my sympathy to all Dan's friends and family for their loss. I knew Dan for many years through our mutual collecting interests...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: KENNETH J CARSON CARSON - MA

“My sincere condolences to Dan's family and friends. I will never forget hanging with Dan in the days of our youth. There was a time I looked up to...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Mauro DePasquale - Worcester

“So sorry to hear about your loss. Our deepest sympathies and much love to you all. ”
16 of 20 | Posted by: Karen Majeau - Dudley, MA

“It would take me many years to appreciate the impact that Dan would have on my life as one of his students and as a person. First starting TaeKwonDo...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Mark Warren - Needham, MA

“To the Blash Family,There have only been a few people in my life to have been such a profound influence on my life. Dan was one such person. May he...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: David Smith - Worcester, MA

“Master Blash,Thank you for all your dedication and training at Worcester Tae Kwon Do. You taught us all dedication, hard work, team work and many...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Rebecca Mosc (Erickson)

“To Master Blash, You helped many people to overcome challenges that they faced thru the martial art of Tae Kwon Do. Thank you for all the years of...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Steve Dombrowdli - Worcester, MA


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Werner "Dan" Blash was known as a modern Hercules. He faced his trials with incredible strength, a well of patience, and possessed an insurmountable bravery. Like most heroes, they are mortal, and time takes its toll. The illnesses that burdened him tore him away from his family's side on Monday, November 18th, 2019 in Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston. He was 72.

He lived and loved with his entire being and was passionate about many things. He was an eighth-degree black belt who taught hundreds of people in his Lincoln Street studio, Worcester Tae Kwon Do Academy, for over eleven years. Dan had a wide variety of interests and hobbies, including coins, stamps, baseball cards and comic books. He loved his family, had a vast network of dear friends, and adored his dog, Brynn.

Dan was born August 14th, 1947 in Berlin, Germany - a son of Else Frieda (Schulze) and Francis Blash. He immigrated to the United States in 1962. After attending North High School, he honorably served his country as a member of the United States Army. He was stationed in South Korea and in Vietnam. On July 18th, 1987, he married West Boylston native Elizabeth C. Connor at Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge, New Hampshire. They have lived over twenty years in Auburn.

He worked for many years with the United States Postal Service as a mail handler in the Westborough branch, and later in Springfield before retiring in 2010.

His family offers heartfelt thanks to Dr. Robert Black and the Dialysis Team at St. Vincent's Hospital for their compassion and support, and to the ICU team at Massachusetts General Hospital for their comfort in such a difficult time.

Honor Dan's memory and consider organ donation, both now in life and perhaps later in death. It's a life-saving gift.

In addition to his wife of 32 years, Liz, their children, Ellen F. Blash of Göttingen, Germany, Daniel J. Blash and James W. Blash, both of Auburn; his brother, Francis Blash of Whitinsvillle; in-laws: Jim and Renee Connor of Portola Valley, California, Judy and Kevin Smith of Holden, Susan and Joel Fife of Worcester, Mary and Dave Comerata of Houston, Texas and Diane O'Packi (late Tom) of Sterling; many nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Dan's life by gathering for calling hours in Bethel Lutheran Church, 90 Bryn Mawr Avenue, Auburn, on Saturday, November 23rd from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. followed by his funeral service celebrated at 1 p.m. Rev. Andrew H. Borden, Pastor will officiate. Military honors will follow the service. Burial in North Cemetery, Oxford is private.

Memorials in his name may be made to the Veterans Inc., 69 Grove St., Worcester, MA 0160

Arrangements by James & John Heald of The Joyce Funeral Home.