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Thomas Leo Blake

Lawrenceville, New Jersey

Age 98

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Already missed, Thomas Leo Blake of Ewing passed away on February 22, 2019 at Capital Health Center, Hopewell, surrounded by his devoted family. Until recently, Mr. Blake enjoyed a lifetime of good health and died at age 98.
Son of Thomas Leo Blake and Julia A. Blake, Tom was born in East Trenton and attended Trenton Central High School and Rider College (on soccer scholarship) where he received a degree in Business. He was a U.S. Army veteran, honorably serving with the engineering division and spending much of his enlistment in England during WWII. Upon his discharge, he completed his college degree under the G.I. Bill and returned to the family hardware business in Trenton . With his wife, Tom took over as owner of Blake Hardware on North Clinton Avenue and later initiated its relocation to North Olden Avenue . Mr. Blake operated his hardware supply business for over 70 years before retiring in 2013. He remained a faithful and enthusiastic supporter of the people and small businesses established in the city and was often recognized by the community.
Mr. Blake was married for over 35 years to his beloved wife, Harriet (Hedwig), who passed away in 1990. He was a life-long resident of Ewing and raised his family there. A parishioner at Incarnation Church , he donated much of his time to serving others; he particularly enjoyed coaching CYO baseball teams and sponsoring various youth athletic leagues. Most notably, he was president and treasurer of The Serra Club of Trenton, an organization devoted to fostering religious vocations. He was on the Board of the East Trenton Center for many years and contributed time and resources to Martin House, Habitat for Humanity, TPADS, the Hibernians, and Ewing Senior Citizens.
Tom's greatest joy in life was Blake Hardware, where he was affectionately called "Mr. Blake" by all. There he found his true purpose--helping others. Whether customers needed a new key or a good laugh, he provided both. He was especially generous to those who sought his help to establish their own contracting or building businesses, and he willingly provided supplies to them when other resources failed. His generosity of spirit allowed him to give to those in need, often free of charge. Even after retirement, he was readily recognized by former customers, eager to shake hands with "Mr. Blake" once again. His cheerful, kind spirit and firm belief that "hard work and persistency are the stepping stones to success" are the contributing factors to his long and well-lived life.
Tom loved his wife, his children, his daughters-in-law, his grandchildren, tennis, Eagles football, Flyers hockey, a lucky day at the casino, Tuckerton, dogs, reading, and dancing a spirited foxtrot. He will be missed daily by his children and their spouses: Thomas L. and Kellee Blake; Bob and Susan Blake , NJ ; Kathleen A. Blake, PA; David B. and Jill Blake; and by the Blake grandchildren: Alexandra, Matthew, Julia, Patrick, Andrew, and Jeffrey.
The funeral will begin at Monday, February 25, 2019 at 9AM at Poulson & Van Hise Funeral Directors, 650 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10AM at The Church of St. Ann 1253 Lawrence Road, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648.

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I was a customer for many years. Mr. Blake was always pleasant and a big help to me. He will be sadly missed.

My condolences to the Blake family.
Carol Owen

My condolences to the entire family. Mr. Blake made a lasting impression on everyone who met him, and he had a place in the hearts of generations of Trentonians. May his memory always be a blessing.

Mr. Blake was a wonderful person. The Best Boss I ever had. He will be truly missed but forever in our prayers and thoughts. Mr. Blake was a man of many wonders-he always did what for best for everyone! Thoughts and prayers to his Family.

Jim and Regina Minelli
St. Petersburg, Florida

My deepest condolences to the family. Mr Blake was the nicest man and I will always treasure my trips to Blakes on Clinton Ave and then Olden. I always came away having learned something new and useful. He was always willing to show you how it worked and you could find anything hardware related at Blakes hardware.

I remember the days when I worked for AAA trucking I would go to Blake's to pick up supply orders Always a warm welcome by Mr Blake great conversation and words of wisdom RIP you will be missed Bill Seabridge

Our deepest condolences, Mr. Blake was a terrific person and true friend to our family and will be remembered fondly by the Rose family.

So sorry for your loss. He helped my brothers and me when we played baseball and broke the glass in the picture frames. We would run over to Blake's on Clinton Avenue and he replaced it free before my parents came home from work. He was a life savior
. God bless him. May he rest in peace.

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
From the Church of Our Savoiur PNCC