Heaven gained an ornery saint. Terence Gregory "Terry" Blake departed earth on
February 10, 2009 at Rogue Valley Medical Center following complications of pneumonia.
Born in New York City in May 1937 to John R. Blake and Grace Clarry Blake, he graduated from Babylon High School, then ran away to join the Navy. He spent two decades in service attaining the rank of chief midway through his career.
Following discharge from the military, he worked twelve years as a
supervisor at the Suffolk County, NY Department of Labor. There he met
and married Florence Calderone in 1981. They moved to Beagle, Oregon
in August of 1987.
Terry belonged to Messiah Assembly of
Central Point, where he served as Deacon for ten years. Among his other
memberships, the Vietnam veteran listed the American Legion, Veterans
of Foreign Wars, Non-commissioned Officers Association, and Southern
Survivors include wife Florence; son
T. Gregory Blake, Madison, Wisconsin; daughter Christina Blake, L. I.
New York; brothers William "Mike" Blake, Orlando, Florida; and Jack
Blake, L. I., plus stepchildren Alfred Koehly, and Joleen Koehly, and
three grandchildren. A son, Timothy Blake, predeceased Terry in 1992.
Per Terry’s wishes, his cremains will be scattered in his Sams Valley garden.
Rogue Valley Funeral Alternatives is in charge of arrangements.
Assembly Congregation Elder Dan Harvey will preside at the memorial on
February 21, 10:30 a.m. in the Grange Hall at Fifth Street and East
Pine, Central Point. A potluck lunch will follow.