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Joseph Francis 'Joe' Blake

BLAKE, Joseph Francis 'Joe' - With heavy hearts we announce the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandpa, papa and brother. A resident of Chatham (formerly of Wallaceburg), Joe passed away suddenly, with family by his side, at Chatham Kent Health Alliance (Chatham Campus) on Sunday September 10, 2017 at the young age of 71. Beloved and devoted husband of Brenda Blake (nee Saunders) for 52 years. Loved and treasured father of Chris Blake (Amy) and Jodi McBain (Bryce). Grandpa and Papa of Benjamin, Leah, Carly, Ella, and Cooper who will miss golf cart rides, baseball games, 3 up 3 down, 1,2,3, and roller coaster rides at Colasantiís. Brother of Harvey Taillon (Shirley) and Brother-in-law of Lucy Scott (Tom), Rick Saunders, Wayne Saunders, and Nancy Fuch. Also survived by many nieces and nephews. Joe loved his 11 years of retirement (from Navistar) and his winters in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. He also enjoyed his 37 years at Wildwood & Rondeau Shores trailer parks, entertaining and making his friends and family laugh, playing cards, holey board, golf and his new sport pickle ball. Family will receive friends at the Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 from 3:00 - 7:00 pm. Cremation to follow with a private family interment to be held at a later date. In Lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joe can be made to the Chatham Kent Hospice Foundation. Online condolences may be left at McKINLAY FUNERAL HOME 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham 519-351-2040 "You were one-of-a-kind and will always be cherished and remembered" 13208909
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Posted by Dennis Babcoc (Fellow worker/Navister) On Friday, September 15, 2017
On the day you retired from navistar I shook your hand

and wished you the best. You were outspoken but never dull. Best wishes to your family and friends. Gone

too soon.

Our sincere condolences
Posted by Gary and Janette Saunders (Cousins) On Thursday, September 14, 2017
Brenda and family; we did not know Joe had been ill and were surprised by this sad news. Our hearts are heavy and sad as well and we wish you all God's comfort and strength to deal with this. Joe will be missed by everyone who knew him.
My deepest sympsthy
Posted by Diane Brodie (Former dental hygienist) On Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Brenda, I am so sorry to hear of Joes passing. He was a great down to earth kind of guy.

Diane Brodie (dental hygienist )

To Brenda
Posted by Mike and June hampton (Friend) On Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Just heard tonight from Carl about Joe. Our hearts are very heavy. We will miss him tremendously. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are in our prayers. Try to stay strong as you can. Love Mike and June
Posted by John Blake (Cousin) On Wednesday, September 13, 2017
To Brenda and Family

Sorry for your loss my thoughts and Prayers are with you guys during this difficult time!

Someone gave me this advise when my Wife "Marline" passed on.

"Remember the good Times" you are and your family shared no one can take these away.

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