Alfred Blank, 85


PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Alfred E. Blank died May 11 at home. He was the beloved husband of Arline (Riddell) Blank. Born in Taunton, Massachusetts, a son of the late Bernard and Anna (Bloom) Blank, he had lived in Providence for 64 years, previously living in Taunton. He was the owner of the former Children's Shop, retiring in 1985.

Alfred was an Army veteran, serving during peacetime.  He was a member of Temple Emanu-El, Jewish War Veterans, American Legion, Redwood Masonic Lodge, Shriners and James L. Maher Center.

He was the devoted father of Richard Blank and his wife, Lauren Inker, of Needham, Massachusetts, and David Blank of Bristol. He was the dear brother of Mark Blank of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was the loving grandfather of Sam and Margo. He was the cherished uncle of Audrey Licht and Mitchell Resnick.

Contributions in his memory may be made to Al's Fund for David, a charity for his son's group home, Jenny Lane, at: or Temple Emanu-El, Minyan Fund, 99 Taft Ave., Providence, RI 02906.