WEST LEBANON, NY – John Robert Blake, 76, died Monday, October 29, 2018 at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, MA. Born in Hudson, NY on June 15, 1942, he was the son of the late Francis Joseph and Florence Pauline Vinck Blake.
John was raised in Canaan and was a 1960 graduate of New Lebanon High School. He resided in East Chatham for many years and most recently in West Lebanon. He was employed as a store clerk at Slattery’s Store in East Chatham and was employed as a roofer in the family business, F.J. Blake & Son Roofing in Chatham. He then became a rural mail carrier for the US Postal Service in Old Chatham and later Stephentown for over 25 years retiring in 2005. In retirement he also filled in as a substitute mail carrier.
He was a member of the Chatham Knights of Columbus and the Town & Country Rod & Reel Club in Berlin. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling and playing cards. He was a huge New York Yankees fan.
He is the beloved father of Karen (Gary) Blake-Kittle of Ghent, Melissa (Tab) Eigenbrodt of Red Rock, Rebecca (Adam) Martin of Chatham and the late Linda Blake; husband of Carol J. Goodrich Blake of Ghent; significant other of Patricia A. Burnell of West Lebanon; brother of Francis (Alice Wattach) Blake of Valatie, Daniel Blake of Chatham and the late Kate and David Blake. John is also survived by 10 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his funeral mass on Monday, November 5th at 11:00 am at the Immaculate Conception Church, 732 US Route 20, New Lebanon. Interment will follow in the Cemetery of the Evergreens, New Lebanon. There are no public calling hours.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Chatham Rescue Squad, PO Box 587, Ghent, NY 12075.
Arrangements are by the Hall & Higgins Funeral Home in Stephentown. Condolence book at ParkerBrosMemorial.com.