Clarence Griffith Blake
June 26, 1922 – June 11, 2015
With deep sadness, we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. Clare is survived by his loving wife Maria, their children Richard (Kathy), David, and James; his grandchildren Kristen (Nick) and Cameron (AprilLyn); his sister Norma Keating (Chilliwack) and brother Dale (Elaine) Blake (Swift Current, SK); and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and sister Doreen Clarke. Clare was born to Olive & Richard Blake in Hazenmore, Saskatchewan. He grew up on the family farm, and received all his public school education in Hazenmore. He attended Normal School in Moose Jaw, SK. He joined the RCAF and served overseas as a Flight Lieutenant during World War II. When he returned home he attended the University of Saskatchewan, graduating with a BA and a BEd. While employed in Weyburn, SK he met the love of his life, Maria Marchand; they were married in November 1954. Clare reenlisted in the RCAF, and was stationed in several bases across Canada from 1954 to 1969. In 1969, they moved to Chilliwack. He worked at Regional Psychiatric Centre in Abbotsford. Clare made many friends while playing Bridge and Cribbage. He spent many happy hours in his wood-work shop creating interesting and useful items for family and friends. He liked to read, listen to music and old radio programs, and play Computer Chess. He was a “regular” at McDonald’s. For many years he visited the YMCA – he learned to swim when he was 70 years old. His only grandson, Cameron, posted this Facebook entry:
RIP Grandpa – a WW2 veteran, a teacher, a student of life, and so much more to everyone you touched during your time on Earth. You are from the greatest generation, and they will never make them like you again. Two weeks shy of your 93rd birthday, I can only hope to live as long and as happy as you. Thank you for teaching us that the moments in life that mean the most are the ones you spend with your family and friends. You were a role model, a mentor, and a friend to all of us when we needed it the most. You were witty until the end, always making everyone feel more comfortable in your typical selfless and caring way. You will live on through all of us, and I am proud to wear your name on my back for the rest of my life. A celebration of life will be held at their home 47539 Swallow Crescent from 1 PM – 3 PM on Friday, June 26th. Please no flowers. If you wish, please send a donation to Research for Prostate Cancer or to a charity of your choice. Our thanks to Dr. Bull and all the special, caring staff and volunteers at Cascade Hospice.