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Oshawa Funeral Home

847 King Street West, Oshawa, ON

OBITUARY

Gerry Blake

March 24, 1945November 28, 2019
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BLAKE, Gerald Our beloved husband, father and friend passed away Thursday November 28th, 2019 at his home in North Bay. He is survived by his wife Virginia, son Kevin (Tara), grandchildren Kieran, Liam, Maeve, Graeme and Nyla, brothers Jeff and Tim, and sister-in-law Heather. Gerry had a 41 year career in education as a teacher, vice-principal, principal, consultant and superintendent across Ontario. This included 14 years as superintendent at the Durham Catholic School Board. Visitation will be held at the OSHAWA FUNERAL HOME, 847 King Street West, Oshawa on Monday December 2nd from 2:00-4:00 pm and 6:00-8:00 pm. Funeral Mass will be held ST. MARY OF THE PEOPLE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 570 Marion Avenue, Oshawa on Tuesday December 3rd at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Lung Association or the charity of your choice would be appreciated.

Services

  • Visitation Monday, December 2, 2019
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, December 3, 2019

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Curtis Latimer

December 4, 2019

My condolences to the Blake family.

I met Gerry when he moved to North Bay and got to talking about what brought him to the North. He was easy going and really easy to talk with.

He was an exceptionally kind man who I have fond memories of.

Michael Closs

December 3, 2019

Gerry was one of the first superintendents with whom I worked with at DCDSB. In the years that I knew him, he was such a dedicated and kind educator. His sense of humour lit up the room and it was alway a pleasure to see him. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Gerry I have missed you since you retired so many years ago, and I will miss you even more now.
Sincerely,
Michael Closs

Joe Maher

December 2, 2019

Our deepest condolences to Gerry’s family and friends.

I had the pleasure of knowing Gerry during the years that we worked together at the Durham Catholic District School Board. I’ll always remember Gerry’s passion for his work and his wonderful sense of humour. Gerry had a special gift for making someone feel appreciated and important. He used that gift effectively and often!

Rest In Peace, my friend and God speed.

Marilyn and Joe Maher

Rick Townend

December 2, 2019

Gerry was a champion of Catholic Education in times when it faced some of its' greatest challenges. Many of us have plenty examples of Gerry living out the Gospel as he had a special heart for the "widows and orphans". Like many, who's career journey took them through the "Root Cellar", he was a mentor of mine and it would be hard to communicate the amount of wisdom he past on. There have been many times in my career I have echoed one of his "Gerryisums". It is with sadness I offer my deepest sympathies to his family, especially Ginn and Kevin, but it is with joy that I celebrate that you are home my friend "well done good and faithful servant" ….. RT

Donna Modeste

December 1, 2019

Gerry Blake was a faith filled, compassionate and humble servant. He clearly understood the Gospel message and lived it daily in his vocation as an educator. Students were always at the centre of his focus particularly those who struggled and were marginalized in any way. I learned so much from Gerry about what really was important. His "Gerry isms" are still quoted to this day. The DCDSB was fortunate to have benefited from Gerry's passion. Condolences to Virginia, Kevin and Family. Rest in peace,friend.

Gail Blake Jones

December 1, 2019

I have fond memories of Gerry , specially his sense of humor. It was greatly appreciated on our road trip to Tim's wedding in Fredricton. The muffler on the chief's beast of a car blew 10 miles out of Fredricton on the way home on the Sunday and it was truly Gerry and his wit that got us through the 15 hour trip.

My condolences to Virginia and all of the Blake family.
Gail

Paul Christie

December 1, 2019

I was honoured to know Gerry when I was involved in education. He was a mentor to me and tolerant and amused by my unteacherlike views. I’ll remember him fondly.

Eileen Ethier

December 1, 2019

Dear Blake Family
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this sad time. Gerry was a kind, thoughtful and funny man. He always endeavoured to understand you and give you the support you needed to do your best. He always had your back. It was an honour to know and work with him. He will be missed but always in our hearts.

Joseph & Kathleen Pezzarello

November 30, 2019

To the Blakes

Gerry was a gentleman and a gentle man. He listened to you in such a way that you truly felt that you were valued. Too soon, too soon gone from our lives. A group of us all celebrated the same anniversary year and enjoyed time together. Enjoy Heaven and dear God hang onto your hat cause Gerry will make you smile and laugh.

Joe & Kathleen ( the Pezz's)

Suzanne Roche

November 29, 2019

My condolences to Virginia and family. Gerry was my mentor and supportive friend who always had a quote of wisdom to share. He had the gift of finding positivity in life and always stressed the importance of seeing the best in people. May Gerry Rest In Peace. Suzanne Roche