James Michael Blake, 40, of West Milford, passed away at 7:57 p.m. on Tuesday (May 2, 2017) in Morgantown.
He was born in Fairmont, on April 28, 1977, a son of Thomas Everhart Blake and Margaret Ann Moore Blake of Goosepen.
His strong, giving nature will be carried on by his two children, Lauren Elizabeth Blake of Weston and Ryan Raines Blake of Ripley; seven siblings, Frederick Blake and wife Shari of Owen, Maryland, Thomas E. Blake of Clements, Maryland, Joseph H. Blake and wife Amanda of Weston, Roseann Blake and husband Kim Collett of Elkins, Bridget C. Garrison and companion Robert Munchin of Fairmont, Theresa L. Francis of Weston and Margaret Elizabeth Blake of Fairmont; his significant other, Sara Heckert of West Milford; three aunts, Nancy Blake of Morgantown, Gladys Stemple of Kingwood and Elizabeth Hurd of Charleston; several nieces and nephews, including Aaron Garrison of Grafton, whom he loved like a brother; his best friend and loyal bloodhound, Matty; and his beloved cat, Moe.
James was an honored veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, having served four years as an armor and combat engineer. He was active in the U.S. Army Reserves, where he served in Iraq and worked on the construction of the first bridge to Baghdad.
James was currently employed by the AMSA Shop, where he worked on military equipment. He loved spending time outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding ATVs, white water rafting, gardening and canning, scuba diving and most importantly, spending time with his family. He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Weston.
Friends and family will gather from 4-8 p.m. today at the Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service at 144 Hackers Creek Road in Jane Lew. A prayer vigil will be held at 4 p.m. from the Pat Boyle Funeral Home Chapel. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Weston, with Reverend James R. DeViese Jr. as celebrant. Interment will follow in St. Bridget's Cemetery in Goosepen. Full military honors will be accorded by the U.S. Army.
The Pat Boyle Funeral Home and Cremation Service is honored and privileged to serve the family of James Blake. Online condolences may be expressed at www.patboylefuneralhome.com.
Published on May 5, 2017