Robert Alvin ‘Bob’ Blake, 90, of Wilmington, entered into eternal peace Sunday, April 17, 2016, surrounded by family at Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Bob was born May 22, 1925, to the late Zenon Blaszczyk and Helen Blaszczyk in Buffalo, N.Y.
Bob, a veteran of World War II, graduated from the University of Buffalo in June 1950 before going on to spend 34 years as an engineer for DuPont. Previous to this, he worked as a skilled butcher at the famous Broadway Market in Buffalo, N.Y.
With DuPont, Bob’s work encompassed setting up new textile facilities across the southeastern United States. After retirement, he assisted in the complete construction of the Wilmington International Airport (ILM). During his career, he moved more than 20 times before finally retiring in Wilmington. During his non-working hours, he enjoyed all aspects of gardening, whether it be growing flowers, tomatoes or cabbages.
Bob was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Henrietta Frier Blake.
Bob is survived by his brother, Donald Blake; sons, Robert ‘Bobby’ and David Blake; and grandchildren Geoffrey, Emily and Suzanne Blake.
We would like to add a special thanks with gratitude for all the help we received from the Lower Cape Fear Hospice team and for all their special assistance. We would like to mention Mary Ayer, who recently passed away, for all her companionship to Bob throughout the recent years.
A wake will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday April 20, at Andrews Mortuary Valley Chapel. A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 21, in Oleander Memorial Gardens, 306 Bradley Drive, Wilmington, with Father John McGee officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 1406 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28412.
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