Mark Blake’s family has released this obituary. The very popular 30- year Westport and Weston Emergency Medical Services volunteer died Tuesday.
Stratford resident Mark Blake died peacefully Tuesday with his family by his side, after a valiant battle with COVID. He was 61 years old.
The Boston native was an EMS Supervisor on the Westport Emergency Medical Service. After first serving as a volunteer, he was employed there for more than 30 years. His greatest sense of accomplishment was doing what he loved: assisting others when they needed it most.
He was honored to be a Life Member of the Weston Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service. He served the WVFD as vice president and lieutenant. He was also chair of the WVFD Benevolent Committee, Public Relations Committee, and Explorer Post, among others.
Mark established the Child Passenger Safety Program in Weston, and the Fairfield County Chapter of Safe Kids. A child passenger safety instructor, one of his greatest joys was working with parents and families to teach them how to safely transport their children.
Mark received numerous awards including Firefighter of the Year, the President and Chief Award, and was recognized for Outstanding Service at the Blue Mass by the Diocese of Bridgeport and the Knights of Columbus.
Mark also was a board member and president of the Southwest EMS Council, and vice president of the Southwest Regional Communications Center.
Mark was a mentor to members of his Fire and EMS families. His family and friends have found comfort in the stories and tributes shared by so many individuals whom Mark aided and inspired over the years.
Mark was very proud of his work during the L’Ambiance Plaza building collapse in 1987, and his involvement with the Red Cross, supporting its response to the 9/11 attacks. Mark instilled his love of, and dedication to, community service in so many others, most significantly his brother and sons who carry on his legacy.
Mark was a wicked Boston sports fan. Going to the Boston championship Duck Boat parades and Red Sox games at Fenway with his brother and sons were among his most cherished memories. A member of the Norwalk Police Emerald Society, Mark took every opportunity to celebrate and share his Irish heritage.
Mark and his family express their gratitude to his angels at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Gaylord Healthcare, who cared for him from their heart. They helped him find the silver lining during his battle, and made his journey more bearable. He always expressed his appreciation to them.
Mark is survived by his wife Eileen; children Ryan (16) and Liam (13); mother Mary Blake; brother Terry Blake (Tracy Dayton) and their children Jillian and Jackson; in-laws Mike and Alexine Henzy, Tim (Kerry), Bill (Wendy), and Catherine (Ryan Eastwood), and their children, and many aunts, uncles and cousins whom he loved dearly.
Visitation will be at the Harding Funeral Home in Westport (Monday, September 26, 4 to 8 p.m.).
A Mass will be held on Tuesday, September 27 (2 p.m., St. Matthew Church, Norwalk). Burial will follow at Willowbrook Cemetery in Westport.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Mark’s memory may be made to St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, where his family has established the Mark A. Blake scholarship to be awarded to a student interested in pursuing a career as a first responder. Donations in Mark’s memory may also be made to the Weston Volunteer Fire Department. The Mass of Christian Burial will be livestreamed here.
(A GoFundMe page has been set up, to help with the education of Mark’s children. Click here to donate.)