William Edward Blake

Born: Sat., Jun. 9, 1945
Died: Wed., Apr. 17, 2019


4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Mon., Apr. 22, 2019
Location: Stephen J Sherman Funeral Home

Funeral Service

10:00 AM Tue., Apr. 23, 2019

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William Edward Blake, 73, of Transfer, passed away on Wednesday April 17th, 2019 at UPMC Greenville Hospital.  
William was born on June 9th, 1945 to Howard Wilson and Ruth Ann (MacDonald) Blake in Warren, OH. He graduated from Reynolds High School where he wrestled and played football. He served in the U.S. Navy. William worked as a computer steel grinder for Copperweld. On June 24th, 1967 he married his wife, Shirley (Smith) Blake, who survives at home.
He was a member of Clark Trinity United Methodist Church where he and his wife were active in church events. William was a member of Sharpsville Lodge # 517 Free and Accepted Masons, and New Castle Consistory. He was also very active in the Transfer Volunteer Fire Department for over 50 years, where he was past Fire Chief. William served as the Pymatuning Township Supervisor. He was an avid hunter and fisherman who enjoyed spending time at his camp in Benezette with family. He was also an avid Reynold athletic fan, helping with the wrestling boosters and attending numerous sporting events. William was a lifelong Republican who stayed active in the Mercer County Republican Party.
William is survived by his loving wife Shirley, daughter, Michele Leanna (Chad) Tate of Camp Hill, PA, granddaughter, Madison Tate, brother, Robert (Dorothy) Blake of Jamestown, PA, and  nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by father, Howard Wilson Blake and mother, Ruth Ann Blake.
Friends may call Monday April 22nd, 2019 from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at SHERMAN Funeral Home & Cremation Service 2201 Highland Rd. Hermitage, PA.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday April 23rd, 2019 at 10:00 am in Clark Trinity United Methodist Church, with Rev. William Locke, officiating. Friends are welcome to meet directly at church.
Burial will take place in Americas Cemetery with full military honors.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Transfer Volunteer Fire Department 58 Delmar Dr. Greenville, PA 16125

Arrangements entrusted to the SHERMAN Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

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John Gearhart
   Posted Thu April 18, 2019
Shirley our sympathy and prayers go out to you. I was sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. He will be greatly missed and always remembered. He was truly a friend and also a great mentor in my years with the fire department. I will be lost waiting on those campaign signs to show up for the yard every election. Our thoughts are with you and the family. God Bless.

Carla Jovenall
   Posted Thu April 18, 2019
Rest in Peace Bill so glad I had the pleasure of knowing you!

Tracy Robinson
   Posted Fri April 19, 2019
Michelle and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Your dad sounds like a terrific person to have known. My hope for all of you is that his memory sustains you during this trying time and comforts you with each passing day.

David Kocholek
   Posted Fri April 19, 2019
From childhood to adulthood... in the good times and bad times (and all those times in-between), I was proud to call you my friend.

Until we meet again, Bill.

Your friend,
David Kocholek

William Beers
   Posted Mon April 22, 2019

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Your bear hunting buddies from DuBois.

With Deepest Sympathy, Your bear hunting buddies from DuBois

Valerie Miller
   Posted Tue April 23, 2019
I had the pleasure of meeting Bill & his wife when I was a waitress at Brass Lantern Rest. some 26 years ago. I continued to see them at sporting events & Bill & I would often discuss our beloved Steelers good and bad. When I began driving bus 10 years ago I would pass in front of his house daily and he would often be waiting for me and wave or point out his Steelers shirt he had on and for several years would stop me to give me candy for Christmas. Truly an honor to know him and he will be sorely missed. My sympathy to the entire family. Driver of bus "22".

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