William Edward Blake


William Edward Blake, 73, of Transfer, passed away on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at UPMC Greenville Hospital.
William was born on June 9, 1945, to Howard Wilson and Ruth Ann (MacDonald) Blake in Warren, Ohio. 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 24, 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 more than 50 years, where he was past fire chief.
William served as a 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 Reynolds athletics 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; granddaughter, Madison Tate; brother, Robert (Dorothy) Blake of Jamestown; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, Howard Wilson Blake and mother, Ruth Ann Blake.
Memorial contributions may be sent to the Transfer Volunteer Fire Department, 58 Delmar Drive, Greenville, PA 16125.

William Edward, 73, of Transfer.
Calling hours: From 4 to 7 p.m. Monday (4-22-19) at SHERMAN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE, 2201 Highland Road, Hermitage. Online condolences may be expressed at www.shermanfuneralhome.com.
Service: Funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday (4-23-19) in Clark Trinity United Methodist Church, with the Rev. William Locke officiating.
Friends are welcome to meet directly at church.
Burial: America's Cemetery, with full military honors.
Published on April 18, 2019
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5 posts

Apr 22, 2019
So sorry to hear this. Take care and God bless!!!
Doug Ruffo
Apr 20, 2019
So very sorry for your loss. I always enjoyed talking to Bill when he came in to the shop in Benezette.
Ed and Sherry Fry
Apr 19, 2019
So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Our deepest sympathy to all of you.
Tom and Norma O’Malia
Apr 19, 2019
So very sorry to hear about Bill. Our hearts go out to you and yours, Shirley. Hugs to you! Love, Norma and Tom
Sharyn Goblinger
Apr 19, 2019
So sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Prayers to all.