HOF CLASS OF 2016
JAMES (JIM) BLANDINO
Jim Blandino graduated from Lyons High School in 1956. He played Varsity Football, Basketball and Baseball. He served active duty in the US Army from 1957-1959. He served as Postmaster in Clyde, Lyons and Newark from 1984 – 2000. Jim served as a Lyons Town Justice from 1999-2010 and on the Lyons Village Board of Trustees in 2014 and 2015.
Besides being a civil servant, Jim’s true love was always sports. He was a sports writer for local newspapers covering Lyons football and basketball games, but was most well-known for being in charge of the chain gang for over 40 years.
Jim volunteered in many areas of sports for both school and community teams. He was a Little League umpire and coached for 15 years. He also coached community center basketball, was president of the Lyons Football/Cheerleading league, umpired for the Wayne County Girls’ Softball League and refereed modified soccer and basketball.
Jim was one of the original Lyons Football Booster Club organizers in 1970. The booster club built the field house and concession stand and was instrumental in getting lights on the football field. Jim organized and was master of ceremonies for many banquets from 1970-1994. He was a charter member of the Hall of Fame Committee chosen because of his knowledge of Lyons sports history. He was Lyons Citizen of the Year in 2013.
Jim has been married to Joanne for 57 years. They have two children, Dr. Doreen Blandino who teaches at St. Vincent College and Michael who is Director of Information Systems at John Hopkins Clinical Practice.