Delbert C. Blake

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Delbert C. Blake, 80, a lifelong resident of Swanzey, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on Wednesday, July 26, 2023, with the love of his family by his side.

He was born on November 12, 1942, to the late Vera “Davis” and Ralph A. Blake in Keene. Delbert was educated locally at Keene High School.

On September 16, 1967, Delbert exchanged vows with the love of his life, Jean M. Thompson. They had a simple service with their family and friends surrounding them.

Delbert enjoyed his time working for American Construction Company in Marlborough as a carpenter for 10 years after he retired in 2007. Prior, Delbert worked for Cheshire Builders in Keene for 15 years as a carpenter and Baybutt Construction in Keene as a carpenter as well.

Along with working, Delbert enjoyed playing cards, hunting and was an avid fan of the Red Sox and New England Patriots. Delbert was a trainer of championship beagles and was inducted into the Better Beagle Large Pack Hall of Fame. Delbert was also a part of the Swanzey Volunteer Fire Department for 31 years.

Mr. Blake is survived by his wife Jean Blake of Swanzey, their children, Lee M. Blake and wife, Christine of Swanzey, Geffory W. Blake of Swanzey, Rebecca L. Blake of Swanzey, and Eric J. Blake of Swanzey. He is also survived by his siblings Thelma Cummings of Suncook, Vera Lefever of Lancaster, PA. Phyllis Christian of Keene, and Mary Jane Blake and Significant other, Jim Giglio of Keene, his five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, along with many cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Delbert was pre-deceased by his parents, his four siblings, Josephine McDonald, Irene Gracey, Easter Blake, and John Blake.

A graveside service will be at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 12, 2023, in the family lot at Mountain View Cemetery, 875 Old Homestead Hwy. Swanzey, NH. 03446. A gathering will follow at the East Swanzey Community House 18 Old Richmond Rd. Swanzey, NH. 03446. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that all donations may be made to the Pioneer Valley Beagle Club Association, Carl Miner at 30 Hillside Rd. Montague, MA. 01351. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Home and Crematories, 46 S. Winchester St. Swanzey, NH. 03446.

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