Franklin Howard "Howie" Blake

  • Born: June 14, 1937
  • Died: August 5, 2015
  • Location: Auburn, formerly of Hudson, New Hampshire

Phaneuf Funeral Homes & Crematorium - Coolidge Ave.

250 Coolidge Ave
Manchester, NH 03102
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Tribute & Message From The Family

Loving Husband, Father and "Boppi"

Message From The Family

Thank you for your support during this difficult time. Please enhance this tribute to Howie by adding your memories and photos.

F. Howard "Howie" Blake, 78 of Auburn, NH formerly of Hudson, NH where he raised his family and recently was a resident of Carlyle Place in Bedford, passed away suddenly at the Elliot Hospital on August 5, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston on June 14, 1937, son of the late John E. & Elizabeth (née Chase) Blake.

After graduating from Boston Tech Howie proudly served his Country in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a graduate of the Boston University School of Aeronautical Engineering. He later retired after 37 years from Sanders Associates / BAE Systems as a program administrator. Howie had a passion for sailing and boating on Lake Winnipesaukee and the Intracoastal Waterway, he also enjoyed skiing, fishing and golfing. He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol and the United States Power Squadron and was also an active member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Nashua. Above all Howie enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Beloved husband of 57 years to Winona (née Witham) Blake, Loving father of Karen E. Blake Pence and son in law N. Kelly Pence of South Berwick, Maine, Margery L. Blake-Hart and son in law Dennis M. Hart of Auburn. Loving "Boppi" of Benjamin Blake Hart, Lindsey Elizabeth Bland and her husband James, Marissa Elizabeth Hart, and Lowell Harrison Pence.

SERVICES: Family and friends will honor and remember Howie by gathering for calling hours at the Phaneuf Funeral Home, 250 Coolidge Avenue (corner of Bremer Street) Manchester on Monday, August 10th from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday at 10:30 AM a The Church of Transfiguration, 1 Hood Road, Derry, NH ( for directions) Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Mass. General Hospital Dr. Dickerson Lab for Dementia Research, Attn: Liz Elefante, 149 13th Street, Suite # 2691, Charlestown, MA 02129.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Posted by Bethany Lamprey - Sanbornton, NH - Niece   September 30, 2015

Dear Winona, Marge, Dennis and family,

We're so sorry to see Howard pass. I can't express how deeply we will miss him. His laughter, sly grin and his warmth enriched us all. I still remember the young guy I met 30+ years ago, who was excited about sailing, work and most of all his family. Howard wasn't much for long drawn out sentences, but said what was on his mind and always on point. However, in all those years he never said a negative thing and always made sure he made someones day bright. Pretty tough knowing the position he was in and the stress we induce in folks. He will be missed, but we are blessed with knowing him and being loved by him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all and may his love help you through these painful times.

Posted by Tony Storace - Nashua, NH - friend   August 17, 2015

Sorry for the loss of your beloved Howie. Praying for you and your family. May God comfort you at this time of loss.

Posted by Jean Ormond - Jackson, MS - Friend   August 12, 2015


Howie's sweet loving smile will forever be engraved in our minds. Please know our thoughts are with all of you during this very difficult time.
Much Love,

Posted by The Kents - Auburn, NH - Friend   August 09, 2015

So sorry to hear about Howie's passing. Have fond memories of working with Howie as well as times spent on his yacht!! His pic looks great - didn't change much! Sincere sympathy to his Family. I'm sure you'll miss him but hope great memories will keep you smiling!!

Posted by Emily Strong - Nashua, NH - Colleague - years ago   August 09, 2015


Always a happy smile, a kind word, and a gentle heart... We will miss you Howie...
The Fitzsimmons

Posted by Martha & Jim - Auburn, NH - Friend   August 09, 2015


Loving thoughts and deepest sympathy goes out to Winona and her Family during this most difficult time.
Howard will be remembered in our hearts and memories for a lifetime.

Posted by Corey Marggraf - Manchester, NH - Friend   August 07, 2015

I'm so sorry for your loss of your husband and life companion. He and you were indeed spared much suffering. May God continue to bless you and comfort you in your grief for your lost love. My prayers for you and your family.

Posted by Helen Fritzel - Annandale, VA - Sister of FTD victim.   August 07, 2015

My friend, my husband, my lifelong companion, who has been living with the prime of life neurodegenerative diseases of FTD, PPA, with parkinsonism, and PSP, died from a fall Wednesday August 5, 2015. His neurologist stated that this was a merciful death compared to the long decline ahead going into the last stage of these disease attacking the brain- and I agree.
I know that Howard is at peace and whole again. I am saddened. I am at peace.
Howard has been actively participating in a research program at Massachusetts General Hospital for the past 4 years in the hope of helping to find answers for these neurodegenerative diseases, which at this time have no known cause, treatment, or cure.
Howard's brain, donated to science, is his legacy to make a difference in the lives of those who are now and in the future, living with these diseases that strike so cruelly at the prime of life.

Posted by winona witham blake - auburn, NH - wife   August 07, 2015

So very sorry for your loss. My prayer's go out to you and your family.

Posted by Kerrie Michaud - Merrimack, NH - Long time friend   August 07, 2015

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Posted by Kerrie Michaud - Merrimack, NH - Long time friend   August 07, 2015

Marge -- I'm so sorry for your loss. It seems that you and your dad had a true friendship, in addition to a strong father/daughter bond. That's such a sweet gift, and leaves such a hole behind I know. Love you lots!

Posted by Susan Parker - Jacksonville, FL - Friend   August 07, 2015

Dear Winona, Marge, Karen and family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss of dear Howard. He was a gentle soul on this earth. Please know that my love and prayers are with you.

Posted by Sandy Shepard - Milford, NH - friend   August 07, 2015

Dear Winona and Family - So sorry to hear about your Howie. We wish him "fair skies and following seas". In friendship, Bill and Lolly Fleming

Posted by lolly fleming - derry, NH - DGC and Portsmouth Yacht Club   August 07, 2015

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