- 50 years old
- Date of birth: Sep 24, 1964
- Place of birth:
Damariscotta, Maine, United States
- Date of passing: Oct 29, 2014
|Standing on the moon with nothing left to do. Lovely view of heaven, but I'd rather be with you. - Grateful Dead Standing On The Moon|
Christopher Marshall Blake, September 24, 1964–October 29, 2014. Son of Shirley Turner and Thomas Blake. Proud father to C.C. Isabelle and Sophie Avalon Blake. Devoted brother to Larry and Matt Blake and Mike and Mark Lambourne.
Chris grew up in Windsor, Maine, a place he loved for his entire life. After attending Kent’s Hill School, he found his way to the University of Arizona in Tucson where he earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology. He went on to earn a master’s degree in educational and counseling psychology from the University of Missouri–Columbia. Chris moved to St. Louis where he married Charlene Buckley, his wife for 20 years and the mother of his two children.
Chris spent much of his life helping forgotten youth in the community build a better future. Over the years, he held a variety of leadership roles in the nonprofit community. He was most proud of his service as the executive director for St. Vincent’s Home for Children and Father Dunne’s Newsboys Home and Protectorate. He was always able to make a connection with even the most troubled kids, helping them find the best in themselves.
Chris was an immensely determined person who conquered many challenges in his life. He overcame a near fatal rappelling accident, proving wrong the doctors who first thought he might not survive and then doubted he would walk again. Chris had a love for games and competition—he was a real risk-taker who never missed a chance for an adrenaline rush. He could fix almost anything and enjoyed tinkering with any and all gadgets. After 28 years in Missouri, he never lost his love for lobster rolls and salt ‘n vinegar chips, two Maine specialities. Some of Chris’ favorite things included Monty Python, video games, model rocketry, sci-fi movies and books (especially Star Trek), Bruce Lee movies, the Grateful Dead, and his motorcycle. But above all else, he adored his daughters. They were, truly, the light of his life.
A memorial gathering will be held in St. Louis on Tuesday, November 11, from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Bud's Smokehouse, 1135 South Big Bend Blvd.
Memories are healing and if you have any photos, stories, or words to share with us on this site, we would appreciate that gift in honoring him.
A fund has been established to provide for Chris’ two children, Isabelle, 13, and Sophie, 11. If you would like to contribute to the fund, you may send it to Isabelle and Sophie Fund, c/o Deb Mueller, 9912 Chiles Ct., 63126 or through PayPal by clicking on the donation button below:
"I am so sorry to hear about the lost of Mr. Chris Blake. I do not know him but I wanted to write something that I hope would bring comfort to the family and friends. God hates death; he views it as an enemy.(1 Corinthians 15:26) He yearns to bring back those who are in his memory and to see them live on earth again."
"Chris was a great guy! Whenever I think of him, I think of how much he LOVED his girls. I'll never forget when I asked him if he wanted more kids...n he told me, "Why would I need any more, my 2 girls are perfect"! I pray your soul is at rest, much love."
"so sorry to hear of Chris's passing. It is also hard to lose a KH friend at such a young age. your family is in my thoughts and prayers"
"I, too only knew Chris through the online Dark Galaxy game. I think it is a mark of how truly good a person is by how they treat others when no-one is around to watch or take note of those deeds. In this game, we all play behind pseudonyms. Given such anonymity, you can be anything you want. Many do. Chris (or Hnickar, as he called himself there) was always a kind and honorable man within the game, and I now see from reading the posts that was just the way he carried himself through life. Such people are rare and should be cherished when your paths cross. He will be missed. My condolences to his wife, two girls and all his family. May God ease your pain and bring you through this difficult time."
"I didn't know Chris very well but he had a beautiful family with two girls who will grow up to be amazing, beautiful women. What more of a legacy can you wish to leave behind. Love and prayers to you and your family, Chris."
"It is always difficult to lose a member of our KH family. May Chris rest in peace and prayers for his family."
"So sorry to the family, prayers and thoughts for you all from one of your windsor classmates."
"I had attended grammar school and lived in Windsor most of my life a few miles from where Chris grew up! I am so sad to hear of his passing! He will always be remembered by his great sense of humor and smile! I am honored to have know and gone to School with Chris. RIP my Friend! To his Family my deepest condolences! The pictures and tribute page show the love from his friends and beautiful family"
"I and others play a Internet game called dark galaxy & clash of clans, we have got to know him as a good hearted person, a very smart upstanding guy, he talked with us in a chat program called kik and Kakao chat we know him as hnicker that was his game name, he was liked and respected by a lot of people in chat and in this game we will miss him and we all send best wishes to his girls and wife and the rest of his family"
"Chris was a wonderful person always caring for others. He will truly be missed. Wishing his family peace during this difficult time."
"I am very sorry to hear of Chris' untimely passing. I know this will be a devastating loss for his daughters and family and friends. Peace be with you all in this difficult time. I worked with Chris at Catholic Social Services in Belleville."
"Char, I am so sorry to read about Chris' passing. I will always remember both of you as so kind and welcoming. My best to you and your girls and Chris' extended family."
"Chris was a wonderful father and I can see him every time I look at our beautiful daughters. We will carry his memory with us always."
"Chris, you left us too soon. We will keep you in our hearts. Judy."
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