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Bruce A. Blake (24 Aug 1941 - 5 Jun 2014). 

My cousin Bruce recently died. He became one of my heroes when he lived with my family for several months during the Sixties.


MILFORD, N.H. - Bruce Allen Blake, 72, resident of Milford, died on Thursday, June 5, at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, N.H., surrounded by his loving family. Bruce was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and friend to many.

He was born in Oakland, Maine, on Aug. 24, 1941, a son of Edith (Baird) Blake and the late Ralph Blake, of Norridgewock, Maine. Bruce was raised and educated in Norridgewock, Maine. He moved to Milford in 1970, where he settled and raised his family. He was involved in the Milford Community Athletic Association (MCAA) as a booster and a Little League coach. He loved all sports and especially loved watching his children's and grandchildren's sporting events and activities.

Bruce had been employed as an engineering assistant for Sanders Associates in Nashua, N.H., for many years.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran.

In addition to his mother, family members include his wife of 48 years, Donna (Quinn) Blake, of Milford; his son, Timothy and his wife, Heidi (Lindquist) Blake, of Stratham; his daughter, Janna (Blake) Mellon and her husband, Michael Mellon, of Alton Bay; his five grandchildren, Jasper and Liam Blake, and Haley, Hannah and Hayden Mellon; two sisters, Donna (Blake) Mickewich, of Manchester, Maine, and Diane Blake, of Norridgewock, Maine.

There are no visiting hours.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. June 20, 2014, in the First Congregational Church of Milford, UCC, 10 Union St., Milford.

Donations in his memory may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Northern New England Chapter-NH, ME, VT, 114 Perimeter Road, Unit G & H, Nashua, NH 03063.

Arrangements are in the care of Smith & Heald Funeral Home, 63 Elm Street, Milford. To share a memory or offer a condolence, please go to
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