|Birth: ||Jan. 27, 1926|
|Death: ||Dec. 11, 2010|
Georgia – George Edward Blake beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, died unexpectedly December 11, 2010, at the age of 84 at Fletcher Allen Health Care after a brief illness.
He was born January 27, 1926, in Georgia, VT. He was the son of Edward and Ethel Blake.
He married Yvonne Marie Lapierre at St. Anne Church in Milton, VT on May, 9 1949.
George spent his early years farming until 1954. He owned and operated Blake's Corner Store located on the corner of Route 7 and 104A in Georgia until 1978. In mid 1960 he converted what was the East Plains one room schoolhouse which is now Principle of Schools for Franklin County on the corner of Route 7 and 104A. George was a savvy businessman and entrepreneur and built Blake's Interstate Texaco which opened in the spring of 1972 at Exit 18. He ran the business with his two sons Gary and Randy and several employees until 1988; they sold the business which is now Maplefields Mobil. In 1983 he was the builder and owner of the former Showtime Video Store which is located across the road, and is now Highland Body Works operated by his granddaughter Jacqelyn Lewis. He also built Blake's Auto Service Center currently operated by son Randy Blake. Also the builder of several beautiful homes, and his latest accomplishment was the development of Blakewood Estates off Ballard Road on Blakewood Drive.
He enjoyed hunting and auto racing. He was owner of the Blake/Devarney race car, number 63 which ran at Nascar Sanctioned Catamount Stadium in Milton, VT and other local race tracks from the mid 60's through 1970. The car number 63 was driven by famous local race car driver Harmon "Beaver" Dragon. He also collected antique cars and guns.
He is survived by his loving wife Yvonne and sister, Barbara Devarney, his two sons Gary G. Blake, local Mutual of Omaha Ins. Representative who is married to wife Linda, Randy Blake, current operator of Blake's Auto Service who is married to wife, Susan both of Georgia. He is also survived by many grandchildren; Jared Blake, Jaime Blake Trahan and husband, John, Jeremy Blake, Jacquelyn Lewis and husband, Brad. He also has four great grandchildren; Lydia, Elijah, Wyatt and Zackary, the children of Jeremy and Roxanne Blake.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday, December 15, 2010, at 12:00 PM Noon in the Ascension Parish Church on Route 7 in Georgia with a luncheon following in the Parish Hall. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 in the Heald Funeral Home, 87 So. Main St., St. Albans from 7-9 p.m.
Private online condolences may be sent to www.healdfuneralhome.com
Published in the Burlington Free Press, Dec 13, 2010
Edward Marvin Blake (1894 - 1973)
Ethel Christie Braley Blake (1907 - 2000)
Holy Cross Cemetery
Created by: Barb Destromp
Record added: Dec 13, 2010
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