Blake has gone on to his next adventure from his adopted hometown of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. He was a dad, an illustrator, a wag, an outdoor-lover and sporter of an epic handlebar mustache. Born in Poteau, Oklahoma, he was raised in Dallas, graduated from the University of North Texas and went on to be an art director at advertising agencies in New York City. He married Lucille Lantelme of New York and together they raised two daughters in Weston, CT. "Mr. Weston" was involved at Norfield Congregational Church, a volunteer for the ambulance squad and a constable; he designed the town seal and the masthead for the town's first newspaper. He was a fan of Laurel & Hardy, pro-wrestling and good bourbon; a minister of silly walks and the father all his kids' friends wished they had. He taught his girls to bird-watch, cheat at mini golf, enjoy the woods, appreciate history and love art. He could fix almost nothing but was a black-belt at SuperGlue. Blake moved to Hilton Head with his partner, Susan Mason, in 1995 and was active at First Presbyterian Church, the Rotary and Lion's Club. He was famous for being the first to volunteer for any given effort and infamous for never being electronically reachable.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Edna Gately and Ivan Wade and his brother Ivan Dan. Survived by his partner Susan Mason, daughters Caroline Manning (Jim) of Dallas, Danielle of Waitsfield, VT and brother James Wade of Trophy Club, TX.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hilton Head Humane Association or the Hilton Head Island Land Trust.
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