October 26, 1931 - June 13, 2023
In loving memory ~
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved husband and father, Lt. Cdr. (retired) Douglas Frederick Blake.
Born in London to Edith and Frederick Blake, survived by his wife Joan (Rosina) Blake, children Lee, Colin, and Jane, grandsons Matthew and Joshua, granddaughter Payal, and great-grandson Jacob. Doug grew up in working-class London and always had the desire to see 'what was around the next corner'. His curiosity, ambition, and zest for life led to a job in vehicle maintenance and a well-respected naval career. He worked his way up from a "stoker" in the engine room to a Lt. Commander. Described by his colleagues as "a well-liked and fine submariner, a brilliant engineer who demonstrated a passion for his career". His quick thinking and problem-solving skills shone when he was at sea on HMS Olympus when one engine and then the other were both severely compromised, 2000 miles from a useful port. His quick thinking led him to try a repair that had never before been attempted.
Douglas and his team were successful, and this led to a safe return to port for the submarine and its crew. Later, this feat of engineering was used to advertise a career in the Royal Navy. He is described as having "endless patience in the mentoring of junior officers as well as a wicked sense of humour."
As a family man, he had a great sense of fun and a no-nonsense approach. He was always there for all his family without hesitation, a solid father who gave wise counsel. He valued family and relationships, and his absence is irreplaceable. Doug had a powerful personality and was able to draw people to him with his kindness, intelligence, and humorous approach to life.
He was a loyal husband, father, and friend who will be missed by all those who had the pleasure of getting to know and love him.