Charles Martin Blake, 59
Passed away on February 3, 2019, after a long illness with glioblastoma multiforme. He peacefully passed in his favorite place on earth, in his family room, by the fire, with his wife, Sheri, by his side, his dog at his feet and his children nearby. He is survived by his devoted wife of 30 years, their children Allison (Sami) Hage, Carlie Beverly and William Kenneth; his mother, Beatrice; his siblings, Billy, Gloria (Tom/Thomas) Stirton and John Andrew (Breda); many extended family and cherished friends.
He was born in El Paso, Texas, on June 30, 1959, to Lt. Colonel William Alvah (predeceased) and Beatrice Rodriguez. He grew up as an army child and lived in many places until his family settled in North Syracuse in 1971. He graduated from North Syracuse High School in 1977 and the University of Texas at El Paso in 1982 with a degree in metallurgical engineering. In 1987, he moved to Rochester to form his own company, TES Environmental Corporation, which he made a great success and one of the most respected environmental laboratories in the area. He was an avid sports fan, especially of SU and the Dallas Cowboys. He was the biggest fan of watching his son play any sport and his girls dance; the three of them doing anything, really. He loved to play golf with his buddies at Midvale Country Club and vacation with his family in Aruba. He enjoyed a wonderful time there just a few short weeks ago. He was a man of great faith and lived with goodness in his soul. He taught us to live meaningfully and love unconditionally and we will honor him all the days of our lives. He was the best of men. “It’s all good.”
Calling hours will be held on Thursday Feb 7th from 4 – 8PM at the Falvo Funeral Home, 1295 Fairport Nine Mile Pt. Road, Webster. The funeral mass will be on Friday Feb 8th 11AM at St. Joseph’s Church, 43 Gebhardt Road, Penfield. Interment White Haven Memorial Park, 210 Marsh Road, Pittsford. In lieu of flowers, donations, in Charlie’s name, can be made to URMC Brain Tumor Program or Dana Farber Cancer Institute.