George Chapman Blake of Bound Brook, New Jersey, passed away peacefully at his home on January 31, 2023. He was 90 years old.
George was born on April 18, 1932 in Glasgow, Scotland. He graduated from Glasgow Academy, and then with honors from the University of Glasgow with a degree in mechanical engineering n 1954. He obtained his British Chief Engineer’s license, winning the Nevin’s Prize awarded annually to the candidate with the highest marks in the United Kingdom. He joined the new construction department of Maritime Overseas Corporation, a division of Overseas Shipholding Group in 1966, where he worked until he retired as Executive Vice President. He was a proud member of the St. Andrew’s Society of the State of New York, the Royal Institute of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, the Society of Maritime Arbitrators of NY and the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights.
George and his wife traveled the world together and spent as much time as they could in their beloved home in Tairua, New Zealand. George was a competitive bridge player, an avid tennis player, a member of the New York Croquet Club, and a member of the High Mountain Presbyterian Church in Franklin Lakes.
George is predeceased by his beloved wife Beryl, and his daughter, Anne Kennedy McAllister. He is survived his daughter Laura Blake Peterson and her husband Rev. Louis Kilgore, granddaughters Paige Kennedy Peterson, Elizabeth Anne McAllister, Jennifer Kennedy Ostroski, and her husband David Ostroski , and great grandchildren Jack and Penny. George is also survived by his step-grandchildren Gregory Philip Kilgore and his wife Michelle and their children Evan and Abigail, Gretchen Lyn Kilgore, Megan Elizabeth Kilgore, and Emily Catherine Yellen, her husband Adam and their daughter Nora Lyn.
A service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at the High Mountain Presbyterian Church. 730 Franklin Lake Road, Franklin Lakes, NJ 07417 on Saturday, February 11, 2023 at 11:00 a.m.
Donations can be made to the Anti-Defamation League or the High Mountain Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund.