Roger C. Blake, Jr., 86, of Chelsea, formerly of Falmouth and West Tisbury, died on Thursday, November 23, 2017 after a lengthy illness. He was the husband of the late Eileen Blake for 48 years. Roger was born in Falmouth to Roger C. and Mary (Parker) Blake.
He attended school in both Falmouth and Martha’s Vineyard, graduating in 1949. He completed one year at Brigham Young University before entering the Navy at the start of the Korean War Conflict. He was honorably discharged in 1953. After his service, he completed his degree in history at Brigham Young University. He started a teaching career in Falmouth, and continued on Martha’s Vineyard, teaching Shop and Math for 25 years. He loved teaching and was a Director at the Edgartown Boys Club. He coached many of the Island teams including JV Baseball and Basketball. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, gardening, and shell fishing with his friend Kathy Spiro. Roger retired in 1989, and started his new career of charming islanders, tourists and celebrities alike as the face of Eileen Blake’s Pies.
Roger is survived by his children: Karen Blake of Oak Bluffs, her children: Jason, Alec, and Lynlee; Roger Blake III of Falmouth, his children: Laura and Carrie; Robert Blake of Worcester; Irene LaCross of Rutland, her children: Joshua and Brandon; Erik Blake and his wife Catie of Oak Bluffs, his children: Parker, Izabella, Addison; Mary Ellis and husband Gary of E. Falmouth, and their son Cayton. He is survived by his grandchildren: Douglas, Sarah, Coral and Justin, the children of Douglas and Linda Blake who he was predeceased by. He is also survived by surrogate grandchildren, Anya and Connie Toteanu; his brother, Douglas Blake of East Longmeadow and sister, Eva Webber of Falmouth.
Visiting hours will be held from 4-7 PM on Friday, Dec. 8, at the Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 56 Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Rd, Oak Bluffs. A graveside service will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 9 at the West Tisbury Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Chelsea Soldier’s Home, 91 Crest Ave, Chelsea MA 02150.