Gregory Joseph Blake
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BLAKE, Gregory Joseph Gregory Joseph Blake, "Snooze", 37, died peacefully on (June 5, 2006), at Children's Hospital in Boston. Gregory was born in Hartford on November 2, 1968 and grew up in Glastonbury. He attended Kingswood-Oxford school, and graduated from the Northfield Mount Hermon School in 1986. After attending Carnegie-Mellon University, he moved to San Diego where he worked as a systems administrator for UCSD, National University, and Lockheed. Missing the East coast, he moved to Cambridge, MA, where he worked for Healthgate Corp. Gregory dealt with his illness, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, with great strength and courage. A lung transplant on April 14, 2005, enabled Greg to enjoy life on a more comfortable level. He had the exceptional ability to combine his easy going nature with his love of computers, music, food, and family and friends. He will be remembered as an active citizen of the on-line community. A visit to his website, gives the world an opportunity to know him. He leaves his parents, Dale and Eleanor Blake, of Hartford, his sister, Rebecca Blake, and her son, Cameron Blake Casso, of New Orleans, LA; his uncle, James Wehrly, Sunset Beach, CA; and a cousin, Megan Wehrly, of Seattle, WA. Gregory also leaves many beloved friends: he touched and was blessed by them in return. Donations may be made to a charity of choice. The Blakes also encourage everyone to give the gift of life through organ donation. Family and friends are invited to visit the Blakes at their home, 194 Kenyon Street, on Friday, June 9, from 5 until 8 p.m. A memorial gathering for Gregory, led by a family friend, Professor Carl Dudley, will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, at the Hartford Seminary, 77 Sherman Street, Hartford.

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Published in Hartford Courant on Jun. 8, 2006.