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October 15, 1947 ~ September 23, 2023 (age 75) 75 Years Old
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We regret to inform you of the passing of Paco Blake, or as he would say, “it was a great show while it lasted!”
At the age of 75, he peacefully departed from this world within the comforting embrace of his beloved wife, his devoted son, his caring daughter-in-law, and his nephew, Nwabudike. It was in the very home he had built, surrounded by the trees he loved, that he embarked on his final journey.
His opening act, a momentous debut, graced the stage on October 15, 1947, in the heart of Jersey City, New Jersey. His life was an unfolding masterpiece, each act holding its own significance.
In 1968, he answered the call of duty and volunteered for the United States Army, finding himself stationed at Fort Meade, Maryland. Little did he know that during his service, he would discover the love of his life, Linda Abell Blake. Their union would become a cornerstone of his existence.
After his honorable service to the nation, he pursued higher education, earning a Masters degree from the University of Maryland. His compassion led him down the path of aiding others, eventually becoming a dedicated marriage and family therapist, substance abuse counselor for adolescents, and mediator for the courts.
Paco and Linda had three children: Damian, Isaac (may he rest in peace), and Rachel. While he reveled in the joys of fatherhood, his true pride and delight lay in the role of a grandfather and great-grandfather.
He now reunites with those who preceded him in death, Thomas Aloysius and Maria Blake, as well as his beloved son, Isaac Blake.
Yet, he leaves behind a devoted ensemble cast of love and support: Linda Blake, his unwavering partner in life; Damian Blake, his son; Rachel Blake, his daughter; Stephanie Blake, his daughter-in-law; Clotilde Blake, his sister; and Brian Blake, his brother.
In the tapestry of his life, his legacy extends further through the generations. His grandchildren, Anna, Elizabeth, Alexander, Mahala, Ronan, and Sean, carry forward his spirit and values. And his great-grandchildren, Pierce and Oliver, are a testament to the enduring love that will forever connect him to his family. In the garden of memories, he planted seeds of love, compassion, strength, and integrity that will continue to bloom, and his presence will forever linger in our hearts.
His service will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at St. Ignatius-Chapel Point. The family will receive guests at 10 AM, followed by mass at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, please direct all donations to Charles County Public Library.