Oakley Blake, age 90 of Clifton, New Jersey died Tuesday September 27, 2022. Mourning his loss is his wife, Joan Blake, daughters Susan (Blake) Panek and her husband Walter J. Panek Jr. of Randolph, NJ, and Patricia (Blake) Dunn and her husband Paul Dunn of Pompton Plains, NJ, his grandchildren Allison Panek and Shane and Jack Dunn, his brothers-in-law William Walsh and his wife Sandra of Clifton, NJ, James Walsh and his wife Claire of Kingsland, GA, sister-in-law Kathleen Blake of Lyndhurst, NJ and countless nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Oakley is predeceased by his brother Donald Blake of Lyndhurst, NJ, his sister Lorraine Long, brother-in-law Edward Long and niece Nancy (Long) Simpson of Seaside Park, NJ.
Oakley was an airplane enthusiast as the result of his years in the Navy and his 40 year employment at American Airlines. In addition, he was an avid fisherman with a preference for saltwater fishing. Although Oakley preferred saltwater fishing, his backyard koi pond was his pride and joy. With his brother Donald, Oakley restored a 1964 Chevy Nova and was often seen at local car shows winning best in show. Oakley will be remembered most for his love of life and his infectious laugh. His ability to laugh even as his health declined will always be held in the hearts of his loved ones.
Rest in peace, Dad, until we meet again!
Visitation will be Sunday 3-7pm at Bizub-Quinlan Funeral Home, 1313 Van Houten Avenue, Clifton. Funeral Monday 10:45am from the funeral home followed by a funeral mass at 11:30am at St. John Kanty RC Church, 49 Speer Avenue, Clifton. Private cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Chilton Medical Center Foundation at 97 West Parkway, Pompton Plains, NJ 07444. Please visit www.bizubquinlan.com for driving directions and to leave online condolences to Oakley’s family on the Tribute Wall of his obituary page.