BERNARDSTON - Charles ""Chuck"" Samuel Blake, 86, of Turners Falls Road, died Sunday (12-29-13) at his home surrounded by all his family.
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He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Oct. 23, 1927, the son of Charles S. and Vena Beatrice (Dewey) Blake. Chuck was a 1945 graduate of Greenfield High School.
He was a sergeant in the Army, serving during WW II in the European Theater.
He worked for the Greenfield Recorder for 42 years as a stereotyper and later as staff photographer, retiring in 1990. He was a noted wedding photographer for many years.
He was a lifetime member of the Bernardston Veterans Organization, where he served as treasurer for many years, and VFW Post 1034, Brattleboro, Vt., the National Press Photographers Association and American Legion Post No. 5 Brattleboro, Vt. He was a Boy Scout leader for Troop 5 in Greenfield (along with Hans Jobst) and Troop 6 in Bernardston. He loved appearing in the minstrel shows held in the 50's and 60's.
In 1990, Chuck was awarded the Frances W. Wells Animal Shelter Award. He was an accomplished gardener, always keeping a huge garden and growing the best Asparagus in the East. He was famous for his dill pickles. He loved making up stories for his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He always had a practical or spoken joke and a smile for everyone. He enjoyed traveling, cooking and watching animal shows on TV. He was an avid New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox fan.
He is survived by his wife, the former Marian Florice Hubbard, whom he married on Aug. 19, 1950, and his children: Darleyne Ann Wood and her husband Paul of Bernardston, Deborah Jean Russell and her husband Michael of Abington, Peter David Blake and his wife Mary-Jane (Willis) of Northfield, Amanda Marian Cronin and her husband David of Florence, Daniel Richard Blake and his wife Mary Kathryn (Austin) of Proctor, Vt., and Melissa Lynne Alden and her husband Andrew of Leominster; two brothers: Richard Douglas Blake and his wife Jeanne of Williamstown and David Kendall Blake of Kittery, ME; his sister, Linda Beatrice Smith and her husband Delma of Sandwich; 18 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his brother, Theodore Blake.
Funeral services, with full military honors, will be Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014, at 10 a.m. at Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., Northfield. The Rev. David Neal, interim pastor of the United Church of Bernardston, will officiate. Burial will be private.
Calling hours will be Friday (1-3-14) from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Donations in his memory may be made to either: Dakin Pioneer Valley Humane Society, P.O. Box 6305, Springfield, MA 01101 or the Bernardston Veterans Organization, P.O. Box 428, Bernardston, MA 01337.
To send condolences or for directions, please visit: www.kidderfuneralhome.com.
Kidder Funeral Home
1 Parker Avenue Northfield, MA 01360
Published in The Recorder on Dec. 31, 2013