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William Harris Blake, 88, of Savannah, Georgia died Wednesday, May 19, 2021, after a long, courageous battle with Merkel Cell Carcinoma.

Mr. Blake was the son of the late William Stone Blake and the late Ann Flood Blake. Mr. Blake was a communicant of the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist. He was a graduate of Benedictine Military School Class of 1951 and Southern Polytechnic State University. He enlisted in the United States Army and was deployed to the Korean War from 1952 through 1954.

In 1972 Mr. Blake co-founded the Fenian Society which is the third oldest Irish Order in Savannah, Georgia. The Fenians were instrumental in helping form the Celtic Cross Ceremony that continues today. He worked for Kaiser Agriculture as production superintendent for both the Savannah and Tampa, Fl plants. He retired in 1995 from Baker Brothers as a sales manager with an outstanding sales career.

Mr. Blake was a member of Knights of Columbus #5588, Knights of Columbus #5588 Golf Blitz and American Legion Post 036 for over fifty years.

Mr. Blake was preceded in death by his wife, Sylvia Russom Blake; his partner of 24 years, Gail Zipperer Strausbaugh, and his sisters, Mary Blake Jodoin and Eleanor Blake Feuger.

He is survived by his daughters, Holly Blake Pace (Neil), Beth Blake Wasdin (Curtis), Cherise Bowman, Shannon Bowman, and son Michael Bowman; grandchildren, Christopher Pace, Philip Pace, Sylvia Blake Sanders (Tyler), Madison Bowman; great-grandchild Lily Grace Sanders; sister-in-law Shirley Stewart (Bob), Barbara Daggett and brother-in-law Donald Russom; nieces Theresa Feuger (Keith), Suzanne Feuger, Patricia Langston, and Judy Jodoin.

The family will receive friends at 5 o’clock Friday evening, May 21, 2021, at Gamble Funeral Service – 410 Stephenson Avenue.

The Rosary Service will follow at 6 o’clock, Friday evening, May 21, 2021, in the chapel of Gamble Funeral Service.

Remembrances may be made to Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist at 222 East Harris Street, Savannah, Georgia or Benedictine Military School, 6502 Seawright Drive, Savannah, Georgia 31406.

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  1. Daniel S Robertson Jr. says:

    Hi Family and Friends. Pop Harris has been an integral member of my family for decades. He and Sylvia were the best friends of my Grandmother Gail and many years later he became a Grandfather to my younger siblings. Most recently, my children considered Pop Harris their Great Grandfather! He made a lasting impact on our lives and we will always remember the many great memories together. I wish we were able to be there and we send strength and love to each member of our family.
    With much Love,
    Daniel, Ali, Atreiu, Ryker, and Montana Robertson

  2. Jack Daniels says:

    I am deeply Sad to hear of Harris; passing, and extend sincere sympathy to his entire Family at this most difficult of times.

    Harris and i Were among a great group of Lads who grew up together in the Cathedral Parish and School , then on to Benedictine Military School , where we bonded with many others from several Parishes in Savannah to,Thunderbolt, to Tybee Island where We all Gravitated to our Common Home away from Home, the C.Y.P.A. known to us as ” The Club”

    Basketball was our Game, and we played from the cypa to the k. of c #631, to the Colonial Park, almost daily until the Angelus rang from the Cathedral Bells at 6:00 p.m. when we all split for home
    Those were more simple times of friendship and Happiness, which endured for many years for all of us, but in most lives , we
    moved on as adults to pursue our Family interest and needs.

    Those of us who left Savannah seemed to always find our way back for Tybee vacation, or St. Patrick Day Parades, and eventually for retirement. That was how I was so fortunate to renew old and cherished friendships with the people I missed for a long while, such as Butch Lowenthal, Pete Conneff, and, Harris Blake, to name a few who we have lost most recently

    Yes, they all will be mourned and sorely missed by Family and .Friends, but I am comforted by the sure and certain knowledge that they all have passed through death to life with our Blessed Lord and Mary Immaculate forever. May they rest in the Peace of Christ, With Love, Jack

  3. Madeline Hahn says:

    Harris and I have known each other since 5th grade. I was deeply saddened to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Madeline Hahn

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