Jacques R. “Jake” Blais, 88, of Auburn, formerly of Rhode Island, died peacefully on Monday September 2, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.
Born and raised in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, son of the late Raymond and Beatrice L. (Pothier) Blais. At the age of 17, Jake decided to enlist in the United States Army, proudly serving in the Korean War until his honorable discharge. He served yet again in 1955 until his retirement in 1957. Upon his return, Jake met the love of his life, Kathleen, and the two were married in 1967, spending the next 52 wonderful years together. He loved baseball, coaching Babe Ruth in Auburn and always cheering on the Red Sox – at least when they were winning! He enjoyed spending time with his wife and family, and loved the casino and Ronnie’s ice cream.
Jake began his career as a custodian in the Auburn Public School District, working at both Auburn High School and Pakachoag Elementary School for a total of 31 years. He took pride in keeping the schools clean and safe for the students, who knew and loved Jake. He retired in 1996.
In addition to his adoring wife, Kathleen A. (Black) Blais, Jake leaves his daughters, Marie Martin of Worcester, Michelle Scannell and her husband William of Spencer; four grandchildren, Brian Martin and his wife Jennifer, Adam Martin, Chelsea Scannell, and Jessica Martin; his first great-granddaughter, Eliana Joy Martin, who he was so happy to be able to meet; many nieces and nephews, and his beloved cat, Buster. Jake was predeceased by four brothers, the late Emile, Edwin, Raymond, and Andre Blais.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Jake’s family on Friday September 6, 2019 between the hours of 9:30 – 10:30 AM at the BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central Street, Auburn, MA 01501. A funeral Mass will follow at 11:00 AM at North American Martyr’s Church, 8 Wyoma Drive, Auburn, MA 01501. Burial will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the Jimmy Fund at www.jimmyfund.org/gift.