Born in Orange to Walter and Charlotte Blake, Dave went on to receive a degree from what is now the New Jersey Institute of Technolgy and served six years in the US Army National Guard.
Dave's expertise was in the area of microwave electronics and, in 1977, he founded Triangle Microwave of East Hanover, which was later purchased by KDI.
Dave was well-known in the community. He was active with the Verona's Boy Scouts and also served as the chair of the Verona Flea Market. As a facilitator at Rainbows, Dave volunteered his time teaching children how to cope with grief and divorce. A devoted Christian, Dave also served as a Trustee at First Presbyterian Church of Verona and was a founder of Visage, a gay/straight alliance in Verona.
Dave spent many months of the last 26 years in Roque Bluffs, Downeast Maine, where he served as Chairman of the Duck Cove Road Association.
Dave was an avid runner, sailor, photographer and fly fisherman and his family related that he was happiest when he was on the water and he especially enjoyed with his best friend, Pastor Erik Spencer.
Dave is survived by:
- Dave's Wife of 38 Years
Pam McDonough Riley Blake
- Dave's Children
James Riley, and his wife Dawn Opizzi
Amanda Riley Becker, and her husband, Chuck
Christopher Blake, and his wife, Gwen
- Dave's Grandchildren
Steven Blake Riley
Nicholas Marino Riley
Riley Anne Becker
Phoebe Marie Blake
- Dave's Brother
Philip Blake, and his wife, Carolyn
The memorial arrangements for David Howard Blake are as follows:
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Prout Funeral Home in Verona. Notes of sympathy may be written to the family online here.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Verona Rescue Squad or Hearts & Crafts Counseling would be greatly appreciated:
- Verona Rescue Squad
In Recognition of David Howard Blake, of Verona
12 Church Street
Verona, NJ 07044
- or online here