James K. Blake Jr.
Washington — James K. Blake Jr.,72, died Oct. 10, 2016, at Maine General at Augusta. He was born June 6, 1944, in Union to James K. Blake Sr. and Athelene Upham Blake. James grew up in Union and graduated from Union High School. He worked hard all of his life, beginning with selling milk in high school. He also sold blueberries, pumpkins, squash and cider to the local townsfolk.
He worked at several places, including Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut, Jay Pulp Mill, Clarks, Fisher's, Mariner's, Union Elementary School, and last at Bath Iron Works as a pipefitter. All along the way, he ran Blake’s Sales and Service, selling and repairing chainsaws. His father and uncle built the family sawmill, which James and his father played with as a hobby. He married Sharon (Linscott) Blake Dec. 14, 1996.
He was a member of Mt. Olivet Masonic Lodge 203 in Washington for 40 years. He was a Shriner. He was a member of the Model T Club of America. He purchased his first Model T in 2014. He loved tinkering on anything old, whether it was cars, antique tractors or motors. He could fix or build anything from scrap materials. He enjoyed listening to old country music, fishing and going for rides. He and his wife enjoyed trips to Las Vegas and Florida. He was predeceased by his parents, and by a son, Daniel C. Blake.
He is survived by his wife of 19 years, Sharon Blake, of Washington; son James K. Blake III of Union; grandchildren Mary E. Blake of Passadumkeag, Britany M. Distlets of Passadumkeag; great-grandchildren Emma and Loghan Distlets, both of Passadumkeag; aunts and uncles Christine Wellman, Wayne and Nan Upham, Jeanette and Gordon Grinnell, Sally and Robert Smith, Mildred Brooks, Shirley and Vern Berry, Rebecca Ripley, David Gushee, Linda Upham and Bill Mulhern; many nieces, nephews and cousins; sisters-in-law Helen and Edward Grinnell, Marilyn and Rex Worcester; brother-in-law Lloyd and Beth Linscott
A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Lakeview Cemetery in Union. The Rev. Robert Dorr will officiate. A gathering and reception to continue celebrating James' life will follow the service at the Medomak Valley Grange Hall in Burkettville.
Arrangements are with Hall’s of Waldoboro. Share online condolences at hallfuneralhomes.com.