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Richard Blake, former employee passes

March 5th, 2020

Chief Richard J. Blake

It is with deep regret that the Chiefs Office of the St. James Volunteer Fire Department announces that Past Chief Richard J. Blake has answered his last alarm. We ask that you please keep Richard and his family in your prayers at this most difficult time.

“Richie” as we knew him worked at FRC for a time and would stop by to visit after he retired. Sometimes he would ride his bike (always a Harley) all the way to NY from Florida.

He transitioned to a three wheeled version (pictured below) in around 2009 when we all gathered around to admire it in the parking lot, but we remember some similarly beautiful two wheeled version of his from years before as well. Richie was born in 1928 which means he was 81 when he rolled in on this bike which none of us realized at that time.

Richie’s prior bike at FRC in 2007 below

This entry was posted on Thursday, March 5th, 2020 at 1:09 pm and is filed under Uncategorized. There are One Response to “Richard Blake, former employee passes” :
Douglas Jones Says:

So sad to read this. I remember Richie well. Was a kind man and gave me many tips for riding along with the shaming (“fair-weather rider”) that ultimately had me riding in ALL sorts of weather. I’m positive his tips helped keep me safe riding after all these years.

The two I will always remember:
1) During dry conditions, ride in center of lane so cars won’t decide to ride up and take your lane without realizing it.
2) During wet conditions, ride on the wheel tracks of cars due to oil buildup in center of lane.

R.I.P. Richie!

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