Henry W. Blake, 88, of Claremont, NH passed away on Saturday, May 21, 2016 at the Lebanon Center, Genesis Healthcare.
He was born in Wolfeboro, NH, on March 7, 1928, the son of Arthur and Emma (Ryan) Blake. Henry was employed at Sportwelt Shoe in Newport, NH, as a machine operator/mechanic for 25 years and then at Ultraprecision Machine and finally at Tambrands for 12 years and retired in 1993.
He enjoyed fishing and fixing things. He was fondly known as “Grandpa can fix it” and “Santa Claus” for his toy making. Even his retired years he could be found at Embroidery Creations.
He loved being a father, grandfather and great grandfather.
The family includes his sons, William H. Blake and his significant other, Deanna of Claremont, and Rick T. Blake and his significant other, Kathie LaPorte of Claremont; his daughter, Donna L. Blake Hammond and her husband, Michael of Plainfield; 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; his brothers, Albert Blake and his wife, Betty and John Blake and his significant other, Joyce; his sister, Beverly Perrin and her husband, Elliot and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley L. Blake whom he married on March 10, 1956 ; she passed away on July 1, 1992; his brother, Arthur Blake, his sister, Evelyn Provencher and great granddaughter, Acacia Morin.
Visiting hours will be held at the Stringer Funeral Home, 146 Broad Street in Claremont on Wednesday, May 25th, from 6 to 8PM.
Funeral service will be held at the Funeral Home on Thursday, May 26th, at 1PM with Rev. Jim Hills officiating.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Lebanon Center, Genesis Healthcare for their kind and compassionate care for Dad.
To view an online memorial or send a private message of condolence, visit www.stringerfh.com
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