Jerry Austin Blake, 74, passed away April 6, 2013 at his home in Harbor Springs.
He was born on June 20,1938, and raised in Columbus Ohio. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 1960.
Jerry had served as the C.E.O. at Active Tool & Mfg. while living in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. He was active in his community serving as Commodore of The Bayview Yacht Club, the President of The Grosse Pointe Hockey Association and helped start youth lacrosse in Grosse Pointe.
An avid sailor, he loved to race and give others opportunities to take part in the experience of being on the water. He was often found racing in Lake St Clair, the Little Traverse Bay, and the Port Huron to Mackinac race. Jerry is survived by his wife Leslie, his three children, Wendy (Frank) Hamm of Boston MA and his sons Todd Blake (Diane) and Mark Blake (Amy) both of Ross, CA and five grandchildren Charlotte, Graham, Sam, Henry and Olivia. He is further survived by his sister Judy Beck and brother Steve Blake. He also has left his beloved dog Sage II. He was preceded in death by his parents George and Mary Blake.
A celebration of his life is being planned for this summer in Harbor Springs.
His family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.