Robert Blake

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Photo Robert Harold Blake (Bob) We love you always Bob and will miss you! Bob Blake, a resident of Belmont, CA for over 50 years died August 16, 2011. Bob was born November 9, 1927 in Salt Lake City, UT to A. Harold and Lucille Farnsworth Blake. He married Beth Cowdell Calderwood on December 29, 1970. Mr. Blake graduated from the University of Utah with a BS in Metallurgical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration. He joined the Naval Reserve Officers program in 1950. He started his career by serving as Navigation Division for three years in the active duty Navy during the Korean War, serving assigned as Navigation Division Officer on board the aircraft carrier USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CV 47) as part of Task Force 77. During this period, the Task Force received a Presidential Unit Citation and a number of theatre awards. Bob retired from EIMAC, a division of Varian, after a career of 31 years. He was also an Associate and Adjunct Professor for the College of San Mateo and St. Mary's College, both in California. Bob served as a member of the San Mateo Grand Jury for 2 years; was a member of the Board of Trustees of the San Mateo County Mosquito Abatement District and Deputy City Treasurer for the City of Belmont. Bob's adventuresome spirit earned him the title of bungee jumping in New Zealand at the age of 65, and the acquisition of a private pilot's license at the age of 62. He is survived by his wife, Beth; children, Alissa Blake, Robert Calderwood and Cathy Calderwood Whitmore; grandchildren, Desiree (James), K'Cee, Justin, Kodee; great-grandchildren, Kylee, Tanner, Skyler, Koree; brother, William (Shirley) of Saratoga, CA and many extended family members. Preceded in death by his parents and brother, John J. Blake. A celebration of Bob's life will be held Friday, August 26rd, 12:00 p.m. at Belmont Neptune Society Chapel, 1645 El Camino Real, Belmont, California. Bob's ashes will be scattered under the Golden Gate Bridge at his request. On-line condolences may be left at www.memorialutah.com.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Aug. 24, 2011
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