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Richard “Blake” Adamson

February 17, 1933 – January 9, 2022

Blake Adamson, age 88, passed away in Royal University Hospital on January 9, 2022.

Blake is survived by his wife of 66 years, Eileen (nee Gustafson) Adamson; daughter Beth, grandchildren Emma and Colin; daughter Ann (Grant), grandchildren Nathan and Matthew; son Douglas (Julia), grandchildren Laura and Aj; son Kenneth (Susanne), grandchildren Holly, Jacob and Maxwell, siblings Muriel, Raymond and Ross.  Blake was predeceased by his parents Herbert and Olive, siblings John, Edmond, and Dorothy.

Blake was born on February 17, 1933 on his father’s homestead near Melfort, SK.  At a young age, his family moved to Saskatoon.  Blake attended Saskatoon Technical School where he met lifelong friends. Blake volunteered with the Boys Scouts as a pack leader, and served with the Merchant Marines both on the Great Lakes and the West Coast.  Blake was especially proud of his service with the Smoke Jumpers in Saskatchewan.

Blake began his 35 year career in 1955 as a surveyor and completing his career as an Engineering Assistant.  During that time he served as President of CUPE Local 59 and later became a member on the CUPE National Board.  Blake was also an active member of the New Democratic Party of Saskatchewan.

Following retirement, Blake and Eileen fulfilled their lifelong dream of travelling to several countries including New Zealand, US, China, Italy, Cuba and England.  They worked out daily, first at the Field House and later at the Shaw Centre.  Blake volunteered for CARG.

Throughout their life together Blake and Eileen loved to play cards.  If there wasn’t enough players for Bridge, there was 9-5-2 or Honeymoon Whist.  Rum was always close at hand. They also loved to hike, camp, fish and canoe.  Their campsites were creations to behold.  They loved nature.

Blake will be remembered for his engaging personality, his friendship, his willingness to help, and his version of nursery rhymes that wildly amused children.


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