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WINCHENDON - Clifford R. Blake Jr., 91, of 13 Benjamin Street, died peacefully Tuesday, June 12, 2018 in Heywood Hospital, Gardner, with his family at his side.
He was born in Winchendon on March 21, 1927, son of the late Clifford R. and Alvina (Brooks) Blake and was a lifelong resident of Winchendon.
Cliff formerly owned and operated Blake's Motor Sales and had worked at the former Walter E. Fernald School in Baldwinville as a chauffeur. Cliff enjoyed going to harness racing at Rockingham Park and was an avid New England sports fan, especially the Boston Red Sox.
Cliff proudly served his country as a member of the United States Army Air Force during World War Two.
His beloved wife of 63 years, Pearl S. (Garneau) Blake, died in 2012. He leaves two children, Cynthia D. Morlock of Winchendon and Clifford E. Blake and his wife Phyllis of Winchendon; three grandchildren, Kenneth Morlock of Winchendon, Rebecca L. Tomasetti and her husband Joseph of Holliston and Marissa Figueroa and her husband Joseph of Gardner; three great grandchildren, Francine A.P. Morlock, Makenna Blake Figueroa and Royce Figueroa; four sisters, Thelma Benoit and her husband Richard of Westminster, Elizabeth LaPointe of Winchendon, Norma Anderson and her husband Raymond of Athol and Gloria Kelley of Gardner and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Kenneth Blake, Donald Blake, Lorraine Scott, Shirley LaPointe, Beverly Saunders, Fredrick Blake and Richard Blake.
Military funeral services will be held Friday, June 22, 2018 at 11 A.M. in Massachusetts Veterans' Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen Street, Winchendon. There are no calling hours.
Memorial donations may be made to Montachusett Opportunity Council Inc., 601 River Street, Fitchburg, MA 01420 to Montachusett Home Care, 680 Mechanic St # 120, Leominster, MA 01453 .
Stone-Ladeau Funeral Home, 343 Central Street, Winchendon is directing arrangements.
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