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Michael Harlan Blake, 81, formerly of Marblehead, passed away peacefully on October 3rd at RiverWoods, Exeter, after a more than 10-year battle with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
Mike was born in Wilmington, Del. on April 10, 1936 to the late Weston Holt Blake and Anne (Phillips) Blake. He graduated from Wilmington Friends School in 1954 where he was a standout football linebacker, basketball forward, and baseball catcher. Mike received his diploma from Wesleyan University in 1960, after spending 1956-1958 in the U.S. Naval Reserves aboard the destroyer USS Compton out of Newport, Rhode Island. Mike met Susan Welles Livingston of Kensington, MD in the fall of his senior year at Wesleyan. They were married in September 1960 and together for 25 years.
Mike started his career with the Budd Company in Philadelphia, then moved to Boston with the former Bache & Co. After executive roles at Lowden Tree & Landscape (Needham) and Dalton Electric (Beverly), Mike finished his career with Harvest Capital Management of Concord, N.H., retiring in 2002.
He lived in Marblehead for over 25 years where he indulged his love of sports and the outdoors. He coached youth soccer, played in a men’s basketball league well into his 40’s, sailed, skiied and hiked the mountains of New Hampshire, Vermont, and Colorado.
Mike is survived by his former wife, Susan Livingston of Marblehead, and his four children, Rebecca Osborne of Newburyport, Amanda Gould of Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, UK, Philip Blake of Boulder, Colo., and Grace Allaire of Concord, N.H.; his cherished grandchildren, Casey Anne Osborne and Matthew Lowell Osborne of Newburyport; his sister, Judith (Blake) Schumacher of Chatham, and nephews, Michael Schumacher and David Schumacher, and niece Jennifer Schumacher Harper. Mike was predeceased by his second wife, Penelope Stowell.
Final arrangements will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made in honor of Michael to the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter of The Alzheimer’s Association online at http://www.alz.org/manh/.
Published on  October 5, 2017
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