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Raymond R. Blake

Published: 5/13/2020 3:00:14 AM
Modified: 5/13/2020 3:00:07 AM

WINDSOR, VT — Raymond “Ray” Rogers Blake (88) passed away peacefully on May 9, 2020 after a long battle with dementia. He was born in Tunbridge, Vermont on December 8, 1931, the son of Cecil and Hazel (Wheelock) Blake.

He moved to Windsor at the age of 8 and grew up on the Route 5 North farm. He graduated from Windsor High School in 1950 and joined the United States Air Force, where he attained the rank of Staff Sargent. While proudly serving his country as a leader of the Military Police, he also was the captain of the overseas (fareast) Air Force Pistol Team, Korea. Upon his honorable discharge in 1954, he went to work in the body shop of Davis Brothers Garage. He later became Sales Manager and was honored for over twenty-five years with the “Legion of Leaders Award” given by General Motors for exceptional sales results. He later worked at The Carriage House when Davis Brothers was sold. On October 7, 1956 he married Beverly (Thurston) Blake in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont. Together they raised two sons and twin daughters. He was a member of the American Legion and was a two time Worshipful Master of Vermont Lodge #18 F&AM. He was a Shriner and a 32nd degree Mason. He was a member of the Windsor Country Club for many years, but his real joy came from spending time with his family and friends. He was an accomplished horseshoe player and could recite many meaningful poems and sayings. His family always requested that he do recitations around the bonfire at our family camp on Newark Pond and he took great joy in doing so. He was fondly known as Papa Two Two and provided exceptional guidance and advice to his children, his grandchildren, his great grandchildren and his extended family. Even in the late stages of dementia, when he could communicate very little, his family and their health and happiness was the most important thing to him. Family always came first for him, right to the very end.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Beverly, his sons Greg (Tammy) Blake of Windsor, Gary (Janine) Blake of Brownsville, his daughters Lori Heath and Lisa Wright (Larry Blanchard) of Hartland. Six grandchildren: Kate Mouser (Rob), Jennie Gilbert (Keith), Nathan Heath (Nikki/Madi), Amber Heath (Derek/Blake), Abigail Wright Steele (Adam), and Blake Wright (Stacy); five great-grandchildren: Isabella and Jay Mouser, Owen Gilbert, Hazel and Harper Wright and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Cecil and Hazel Blake, brothers Donald and Robert Blake and one sister, Dorothy Hamlin.

There will be a celebration of life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, you may consider a donation to Bayada Hospice: 316 Main Street, Norwich, VT 05055 or Old South Church: PO Box 298 Windsor, VT 05089 or a charity of your choice.

Knight Funeral Home in Windsor has been entrusted with arrangements. Condolences to Ray’s family may be made in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com.




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