BLAKE, George Robert 'Bob' - After 91 years of dedication to his family, friends and community George Robert (Bob) Blake died peacefully in his sleep at Hospice Wellington, Guelph.
Predeceased by his wife Noreen Helen Blake (nee Luttrell).
Father of Lynne Blake-Dickson (Kirk) and Jim Blake (Myra Stephen), grandfather of Sarah (Jamie Steeves) and David, great-grandfather of Jack, brother of Eleanor Kerr, and Edward (Ted) Blake (deceased), brother-in-law of Beryl Rumgay and uncle of many nieces and nephews.
Bob grew up in London, Ontario and was a proud business graduate from Western University. (Class of 1946). He started his career at Northern Life. Bob met his wife-to-be, Noreen on a blind date. They were married in 1949 and ten years later moved to Waterloo with their children, Lynne and Jim, where Bob took on the position of treasurer (and then VP Finance) of the Equitable Life Insurance Company.
Bob loved to play games—bridge, poker, MahJong, cribbage, crokinole, table tennis, curling. For any game that involved skill and strategy you could count him in. Golf was his true passion. He took up golf as a boy and never looked back. The Saturday morning game with his golfing buddies at Westmount Golf Club was an important ritual that continued until he was 90. Bob and Noreen were very active members of First United Church, Waterloo. Bob served for many years as the treasurer of the board of trustees, and in many other leadership roles, carefully shepherding the finances of the church. He was a member of the Gyro Club, the Probus Club and the Retired Business and Professional Men’s Club and was an annual donor to dozens of charities. After his retirement in 1986, he loved spending summers at the family cottage in Haliburton, swimming, sailing, jogging, golfing, attending theatre, concerts, and art shows and taking courses at the Haliburton School of The Arts. Bob was an enthusiast. He loved parades, especially the brass bands. He loved finding the perfect Christmas tree. He loved to play the ukulele and banjo and to recite epic poems. He loved to travel with Noreen and to attend elder hostels and make new friends of all ages. He loved Dixieland jazz and the KW Symphony Orchestra. He followed world affairs and paid close attention to the stock market. Since the age of nine he was a loyal fan of the Cleveland Indians. He was looking forward to attending his 70th anniversary alumni dinner this fall at Western and cheering for the Mustangs at the Homecoming game.
We would like to thank friends, family and all of the caregivers and medical personnel in Kitchener, Waterloo, and Haliburton and at Hospice Wellington, Guelph who supported Bob with such wonderful care and attention over the past few years.
Friends are invited to visit with the family at Erb and Good Family funeral home, Waterloo, on Friday, October 14, 2016 from 6 - 8 p.m. A memorial service to celebrate Bob's life will be held at First United Church, 16 William St. W., Waterloo at 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 15, 2016 with a reception to follow.
In memory of Bob, donations in lieu of flowers to Hospice Wellington, Guelph, Family and Children's Services of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo Foundation for the 'Noreen and Robert Blake Memorial Scholarship Award Fund', First United Church Millennium Fund or a charity of your choice may be made.