D'Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel

30 Carter Street, East Hartford, CT


David Frederick Blake

May 15, 1939March 13, 2020

David F. “Whitey” Blake, 80, of East Hartford passed away on Friday, March 13, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Janice (Meadows) Blake. David was born in Danbury, CT, the only child of the late Benjamin and Freda (Krupp) Blake of Hartford. He spent his childhood growing up on the farm in Enfield and later traveling to Florida before moving back to Hartford. He attended Bulkeley High School. He spent his life as a printer working for Allied Printing, Bond Press, and Sweet Waverly Printing. In retirement, David took great pride and pleasure as the care taker of the Scheinberg Compound in Haddam Neck. He was a gifted and talented wood-worker and perfectionist in all things he worked on. He was a kind, loving person with an infectious smile who always made you feel welcome. To many, they would often refer to him as a “gentle giant” because of his tall stature and great hugs. Most important to David was his family. He took great pride and joy in any and every event with his family. He should be given an award for his ongoing attendance at over 50 years of dance recitals. He loved watching UCONN Women’s Basketball with his good friend Don Snyder and the Red Sox. He was an avid boater and loved anything by the ocean. He was also known for his passion of food and often could be found eating his way through vacations. Ice cream was his solution to all things and would fondly say “ice cream makes everything better”.

David is survived by his three children, Dawn Blake-Holmes and husband David of East Hartford, David E. Blake and his wife Jane (Callison) of Glastonbury, and Douglas A. Blake and his wife Maria (Matarazzo) of South Glastonbury. In addition, he is survived by his seven treasures, his grandchildren, Jaclyn (Holmes) Austin and husband Joshua of Cromwell, Mathew L. Holmes of Brighton, MA, Amanda J. Blake of Plainville, Janice M. Blake of South Glastonbury, Allen D. Blake and fiancé Erica Yuscavitch of Glastonbury, David F. Blake II and his wife Alicia (Eddy) of Ocean Pines, MD, and Victoria E. Blake of Pittsburgh, PA. He is also survived by his three great-grandchildren, Blake Mathew and Mavery Janet Austin of Cromwell and Carter Allen Blake of Glastonbury.

Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, March 19th from 4pm to 7pm at D’Esopo-East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford, CT, 06118. Funeral services and burial will be private at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions in David’s name may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 3 Landmark Square, Suite 330, Stamford, CT 06901 or the American Parkinson’s Foundation, P.O. Box 248, Shelton, CT 06484. For on-line expressions of sympathy to the family please visit www.desopoeh.com.


  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • American Parkinson's Foundation


  • Public Visitation Thursday, March 19, 2020


David Frederick Blake

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Karen Kachnowski Nowak

April 2, 2020


So sorry to hear about your dad’s passing. Condolences to the family.
I ran into your dad at the store one day. His arm was all banged up from an ice incident he said...He remembered me from our softball days. He was such a nice man and so proud of you and your family. May memories comfort you❤️

Richard Pratt

March 31, 2020

We are so saddened by Dave's passing. He was a man who lived life to the fullest with many family activities, hobbies and a million projects that he successfully mastered.

Over the years we enjoyed many happy years celebrating family birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, graduations, and retirements with the Blake family. Dave was a great family man and neighbor who will be missed.

Our thoughts, prayer, and love go out to your family.

Roxanne and Richard

Lisa Wiemert

March 22, 2020

Dawn, Dave, David & family,

I am heartbroken over the passing of your beloved father. He was always so kind and sweet with his big smile and kind words. I loved to see him interact with all of you especially the little ones at the restaurant when you would all come in. I loved to see your family dynamic it was always very heartwarming. Please know you are all in my thoughts and prayers, and wishing you all well during this challenging time. May all your fond memories of him start to fill the void left in your hearts.
With Sympathy, Lisa "Romas"

Amanda Williams

March 20, 2020

Dear Dawn and family
So very sorry to hear of the loss of your beloved Dad. You and your entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Amanda and Rick

Chip & Gina Eddy

March 19, 2020

Our deepest sympathies to the whole Blake family - each of you are a wonderful reflection of this wonderful man! We are grateful to have had the gift of getting to know David over the past few years and to enjoy his positive reflection on life from White Russians to Ice Cream - he had it right on all counts. We remember our first meeting with him on WVWC's 2016 commencement weekend. David was quick to share a warm "Hi" and sure to make you welcome in his presence. We will never forget his smiling face. God bless and keep you all and may your many memories bring you peace. Chip and Gina Eddy

S Matarazzo

March 19, 2020

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to the entire Blake family. Grandpa, Mr. Blake will be greatly missed. He was a gentle and happy man. Family gatherings won’t be the same without him.
Our love.
Sheryl, Santo, Paul and Melissa ❤️

Sharon Rickard

March 19, 2020

Dear Blake Family,
I was sad to read of your dad/grandfather’s passing.
Please accept my condolences.
My love to all of you.
Sharon Rickard🤗

Jim and Joan Penders

March 19, 2020

With fond memories of Mr. Blake and his dedication and devotion to the East Catholic baseball team, we send our deepest sympathy to the family that he loved.
Most sincerely, Jim and Joan Penders

Gilbert Family

March 18, 2020

David was a real treasure.A true gentleman,hard worker and a very dedicated family man with a smile that would light up any room.We love listening to his stories, and we cherish the time we were able to spend together at the lake and Friday night dinners.Our love and sympathy goes out to Dawn and her family. The Gilbert family

Nancy Davis

March 17, 2020

David and Uncle Paul were best buddies as they grew up
He, Janice, Paul, and I had too many fun adventures to tell.
The three of them can romp around heaven together.
Til we all meet again Rest In Peace my friend.

To his family I send my deepest sympathy