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Jay E. Blake, 71, husband of Linda (Amirault) Blake, passed away October 27, 2017, at High Point House in Haverhill surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Haverhill, he was the son of the late Stanley E. Blake, Sr. and Esther L. (York) Blake. Raised and educated in Haverhill, he was a graduate of Haverhill High School, Class of 1965. He also attended the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Jay was a wood artisan and a self-employed boat builder. He did relief carving, sculptures, decorative paddles, chip carving, duck decoys, photography, painting and drawing. An incredibly talented and humble artist, he built his home on Plum Island as well. He took a week-long course with his brother from Walt Simmons at Duck Trap Woodworking in Maine. With his brother he also took part in many of the Blackburn Challenge races in Gloucester. He loved taking his kayak along the Merrimack River in the early morning and enjoyed fishing. Jay loved animals, especially dogs, cats and horses. They gravitated toward him and he loved to play with them. Gardening both flowers and vegetables was another love that he shared with his wife, Linda. At harvest time they would can and jar from their garden and share with relatives and neighbors. Previously he delivered for his dad’s pharmacy, “Blakes,” and was a draftsman at the former Western Electric. Jay will be remembered as a very special man with many talents and he gave those talents freely to all who knew and loved him.
In addition to his loving wife Linda, he is survived by his brother, Stanley E. Blake, Jr. and his wife, Melinda of Hampden, Maine; cousins, Kenneth Gibbs and his wife, Thelma of Merrimac, Jean Mansell of Groveland; nephew, Stanley E. Blake III and Daisey Delougu of Chicago, Ill.; two great-nephews, Jonah and Ezra; brother and sister-in-laws, Mark J. and Joan Amirault, Mary Ellen and Joseph Deveau, all of Haverhill, Regina D. and John Schulman of Bradford, Lori A. and Antonia Neves of Merrimac, Marcia J. Amirault of Londonderry, N.H.; and many extended family members.
Services will be private. Arrangements are by the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main Street, Haverhill. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House 360 North Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830. Please visit Comeau Funeral Home on Facebook or www.comeaufuneral.com.
Published on  November 3, 2017
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