REVEREND WILLIAM BERNARD BLAKE
Reverend William Bernard Blake, pastor emeritus of Queen of Angels Parish, Jessup, died on the 29th day of November, 2018 at St. Mary’s Villa, Elmhurst. He was a resident of St. Joseph’s Villa, Dunmore, PA.
Reverend Blake, son of the late Vincent William Blake and Margaret Mary (Cawley) Blake, was born in Archbald on January 1, 1937. He received his early education at St. Thomas Aquinas School and Archbald Public High School. He continued his education at the University of Scranton and attended Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland where he completed his studies for the priesthood. Father was ordained to the priesthood on June 8, 1963 in the Cathedral of Saint Peter, Scranton, PA by the Most Reverend Jerome D. Hannan, D.D., late Bishop of Scranton.
Father also earned a Master of Science degree from the University of Scranton in 1971 and a Master of Arts degree from Marywood University in 1984.
Father Blake served as assistant pastor pro tem at St. Juliana, Rock Lake, 1963. He serve as assistant pastor at St. Patrick’s, Wilkes Barre, 1963-1967; Immaculate Conception, Scranton, 1967-1970; Holy Family, Scranton, 1970-1971; Our Lady of Snows, Clarks Summit, 1971-1974; Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Peace, Hawley, 1974-1976; and St. John the Evangelist, Wilkes Barre, 1976-1978.
Father Blake received his first pastorate at St. Aloysius, Ralston in 1978. In 1981, he was appointed pastor at Resurrection, Muncy. Father’s next appointment was pastor at St. Mary Help of Christians, Pittston in June of 1982 where he served until May 1986 when he was appointed pastor at St. Mary Assumption, Pittston. In 1989, Father was appointed pastor at St. Gabriel, Hazleton and in June of 1991, he was appointed administrator at St. Mary, Lattimer Mines. In 1992, Father was appointed pastor of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, Lake Silkworth and in July 1993, St. Martha, Fairmount Springs was added to his pastorate. In 1995, Father Blake was appointed pastor at St. Michael-St. James-St. Stanislaus Kostka, Jessup and in 2007 St. Mary’s Assumption, Jessup was added to his pastorate. In 2010, these parishes consolidated into Queen of Angels Parish. In July of 2011 Father Blake retired and was named pastor emeritus.
In addition to his pastoral duties, Father Blake served as Catechist, Bishop Hoban High School, Wilkes Barre from 1976-1978, Chaplain, Lycoming County Prison in 1979; Director of Pre Cana, Williamsport 1979-1980, Chaplain, Knights of Columbus, Council #372, Pittston in 1985; Dean of Hazleton in 1992, and Dean of Olyphant 1998 to 2000.
Father Blake is survived by his brother, Gerald of Archbald, Pennsylvania and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Father was preceded in death by brothers, Eugene and wife, Dorthea; John (Jack) and wife, Theresa; James and wife, Lottie; Donald and wife, Peggy; sister-in-law Carolyn; and an infant sister, Margaret.
Viewing will take place Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Queen of Angels Parish, 322 First Avenue, Jessup, PA. The family will also receive guests from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the Funeral. A Vesper Service will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m. following the viewing at Queen of Angels Parish, Jessup, PA.
A Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, D.D., J.C.L., Bishop of Scranton, on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Queen of Angels Parish, Jessup. Interment will be in St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery, Archbald.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Villa St. Joseph, home for retired priests, 1600 Green Ridge Street, Dunmore, PA 18509. For online condolences go to , “www.margottafuneralhomes.com.”