Richard M. “Ricky” Blastow, 52, died at his home in Thomaston March 12, 2010, after a long battle with alcoholism.

Born in Camden on Nov. 3, 1957, he was the son of Cecil S. and Carol A. Steele Blastow. Growing up in Rockland, he attended local schools and attended Rockland District High School with the class of 1976.

In earlier years he worked as a commercial fisherman out of Portland.

For more than 10 years following his adventurous spirit, Ricky hitchhiked cross country, residing in Washington and Colorado. Returning to Maine, he lived in Bangor and Portland, and for the past three years in Thomaston.

He worked at various jobs. He was a certified welder and most recently worked at Farmers Restaurant in Tenants Harbor.

Ricky’s artistic abilities were expressed in the wonderful cartoons accompanied by his stories he often sent to his nieces. He also enjoyed woodworking, refinishing furniture, collecting tools and playing scratch-off tickets. He loved playing Keeno and Bingo with his friends and neighbors.

Ricky was predeceased by his father in 1965; his stepfather, Richard E. Canty in 1991; and his companion of many years, Christine Ricci in 2007.

He is survived by his mother, Carol A. Canty of Rockland; his sister, Terri H. Hallowell and her husband, Timothy, of Thomaston; his nieces and nephew, Audra Hilchey, Casey Hallowell, Danielle Andrade and her husband, John, Bayleigh Hilchey and Cody Hallowell; two great-nieces, Jaylah and Tianna Andrade; his companion’s daughters, Katie Tennis and Lauren Ricci, both of New Hampshire; as well as a special friend of more than 22 years, Ruby Nelson of Old Town.

A celebration of Ricky’s life will be held Friday, March 19 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home’s 104 Limerock reception facility in Rockland. A brief service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Celebrant Peta vanVuuren will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Rockland District Nursing Association, P.O. Box 1713, Rockland, ME 04841.