S. Prestley-Blake-Obituary

S. Prestley Blake

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S. Prestley Blake co-founded the Friendly’s chain of restaurants along with his brother, Curtis Blake.

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My sincere appreciation to Nancy Blake Yanakakis, Daughter of Prestley, his two Grand Daughters, Sophia & Maria and lovely wife Helen for allowing me to know and share his unforgetable hospitality, kindness and wisdom. A man For All Seasons, Places and God, he quietly achieved the ability to succeed and be a icon for philanthropy, and, "The Common Good". May his memory be eternal.

Our hearts & prayers go out to you Helen and the family. Pres was not just a leader amongst his peers but a magnetic dynamo whom, with his sheer wit, determination and sharp business savvy became a tycoon against the odds. His business models should be studied by our best & brightest. Pres's co-creation of Friendly's Empire and then later on his solo re-engineering of the Friendly's brand and manufacturing base firmly anchored him in Springfield's history as a mogul of capitalism. ...

Our hearts and prayers go out to you Helen and the family, on Pres's passing. Prestley was just not just a leader amongst his peers, but a magnetic dynamo whom with his sheer wit, determination and sharp business savvy became a tycoon against the odds. His business models should be studies by our best and brightest as a example of success. Pres's co-creation of Friendly's Empire and then later on his solo re-engineering of The Friendly's brand and manufacturing base firmly anchored him in...

In 1935, two young Blake brothers rented a garage at 34 Grant St Springfield MA from my Grand Uncle/Aunt Odique [Charles] and Anna Cummings. The garage was one of two set almost on the sidewalk. Uncle O used one garage and the brothers made ice cream in the other one. Aunt Anna said the business grew fast and they opened their first store six months later.

To the family, many, many friends, and colleagues of this wonderful man Mr. S. Prestley Blake bring comfort to you during this difficult time in your lives. We will miss Mr. S. Prestley Blake's presence and his many contributions as a restaurateur co-founded the Friendly’s chain of restaurants along with his brother, Curtis Blake. May the love and the special memory you shared with him and his Friendly restaurants show how your lives was touched by him. We hope many of the encouraging words...

My condolences to Helen, family and friends. Pres is remembered always by his generous and kind spirit with the many wonderful experiences we all shared with him.

Didn’t get a chance to visit friendly . Reading about the wonderful experiences so many enjoyed is so good. Mr. Blake was an amazing person. Sincere condolences to his family , friends and longtime customers. He is resting in Gods memory.

With thanks for all the good that Pres has done for the people and for the institutions of the Springfield area, and with condolences to all of his family.