Also known as 'Bob'. He passed away Thursday, March 14, 2013 of natural causes in Roseville, CA. at the age of 93.
It was July 26, 1919 that Bob was born to Frances and Albert Blake in Omaha, Nebraska. His brother, Richard, joined the family seven years later, becoming his only sibling. Together, the family made their way west, settling in sunny Santa Ana, CA. where Bob spent most of his childhood. As a boy, Bobby worked to help the family by selling newspapers on the street corner. Then, as an usher, he enjoyed the perk of working theater openings where he caught glimpses of current movie stars such as Bette Davis and Clark Gable. As Bob grew, attending big band concerts at Balboa and Newport Beach was his passion. At 13, now proficient on the saxophone, he and seven boys formed a jazz band and called themselves 'The Royal 8', playing at proms, dance halls and country clubs in the Los Angeles area and Catalina Island.
While attending college and working in his fathers liquor store, Bob's life took a turn when he was drafted into the army. Although he had his sights on becoming a history teacher, he took to the military life. It was a 15 year career for Bob, serving in WWII
and the Korean War; in combat, graduating Officers School and receiving the Silver Star for gallantry, finally retiring as captain.
During the service, Bob married. The military graced the young couple and their two daughters, the opportunity to reside in Europe, Hawaii, and the Northern California coast. Eventually, the family settled in San Francisco, CA.
Although a family man, now remarried, Bob craved adventure and excitement, which showed in his vibrant personality. Along with his musical ability, Bob was an avid horseman, boarding his ponies at his country cabin; was a sailor who embarked on an adventurous trip from San Francisco to Tahiti on a small sailboat; and relished traveling the world to exciting and exotic lands.
His words were 'It was an adventure.' when asked about his welfare upon his return to California from New Orleans after surviving Hurricane Katrina while visiting family. He was 86 years old.
All his life, Bob loved a challenge!
Bob is survived by his brother, Dr. Richard Blake; daughters Cynthia Bertrand and Monica Ross; grandchildren, Shauna Long and Jordan Henry; great-grandchildren, Sienna Long and Michael Long; step-daughter, Karen Scott; step-granddaughter, Taylor Scott and step-grandson, Nemo Purat.
His family and friends are honoring him with a military 'Celebration of Life' ceremony on the Pacific Ocean where his ashes will be scattered at sea, as he wished.
Bob will always be remembered, always be cherished, and always be loved..........with all our hearts.