Remembering Blake MacKay
To the Editor:
The death of Blake MacKay last month stirs numerous memories of the quintessential good neighbor, and an individual deeply devoted to his family and community. Through the years, I had many chats with Blake and his wife Rachael and always came away with a deeper understanding of this community and those who have influenced it in the past. Blake was heavily involved in Bethel affairs for many years and had a remarkable memory for detail. As a historian, those are the people who make the past so much more comprehensible and I have gained a great deal from his recollections.
Throughout my nearly 40 years with the Bethel Historical Society, I was so lucky to have Blake nearby to rescue us from all kinds of electrical dilemmas. Following his retirement as the Chief Electrical Inspector for the State of Maine, he also played a significant role in assisting his good friend John Greenleaf in upgrading and replacing the wiring in the Society’s O’Neil Robinson House.
Blake was thoroughly proficient in so many ways, ranging from gardening to all kinds of mechanics. He also possessed a great sense of humor and was immensely experienced in dealing with the vicissitudes of life.
With his passing, Bethel has lost one of its “treasures,” but all of us who had the privilege of knowing him through the years are decidedly better people as a result of his sterling example of living wisely and well.