Blake E. MacKay
Blake E. MacKay of Bethel, died May 24, 2013, with his loving family by his side. He was born in Drew Plantation, the ninth and youngest child of Amy and Ernest MacKay. Anyone who knew him knew he graduated from Wytopitlock High School. He will also be long remembered as a devoted family man, for his joy in hearing a good story, his big vegetable garden with its prized potatoes, his love of facts, his ability to fix almost anything, and his expertise as an electrician.
Blake joined the Army Air Corps during WWII and was stationed in the Philippines and Guam. He moved to Bethel in 1947 where he met his future wife, Rachel Brown. During the time they were courting, he spent two years in Boston and in 1951 graduated from Franklin Technical Institute ready to begin his lifelong career as a Master Electrician. The next year, Blake and Rachel married, and settled in the village of Bethel where they would remain for the next sixty-one years. They raised four children together, and later they happily saw their daughters marry and give them eight perfect grandchildren.
Blake was an electrician for fifteen years before he was selected as a State Electricial Inspector in 1966 and then the first Chief State Electrical Inspector of Maine. After his retirement in 1994, Blake continued to volunteer his services to many organizations in Bethel. He was a member of the Masons (since 1952), Shriners, American Legion, a former Bethel Firefighter, a Bethel Selectman in the early 1960s and an original corporator of the Bethel Savings Bank.
He is survived by his wife Rachel, their children, spouses and grandchildren: Susan and Scott Parker of Bethel and Ross and Gavin Parker; Blaine MacKay of Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.; Sandy and Mike Robinson of Wells, and Patrick, Alex, Sydney and Holly Robinson; and Mary and Carlos Pita of Simsbury, Conn., and Kyle and Brandon Pita. He is also survived by his sisters, Phyllis MacKay and Katheryn Eames, and his brother, Roderick MacKay, and many nieces and nephews whom he adored. The family is very grateful for his many loyal friends.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Bruce and Donald MacKay; his sisters, Dorothy Rollins, Barbara Lundquist, and Harriet Ranslow and his brothers and sisters-in law, Jim and Bea Brown, Alfred and Faith Brown, Arlene Brown, Vern Rollins, Rodney Eames, Arnold Lundquist, Grant Ranslow, and Blanche and Jennie MacKay; and nieces Linda Brown and Bonnie Eames Bowden.
The family requests that anyone wishing to honor Blake's memory make a donation to the Masonic Lodge #97, Blake MacKay Children's Fund, P.O. Box 1297, Bethel, ME 04217 where a fund has been set up to support area children accessing medical care through the Shriner's Hospital in Boston.
Funeral Services will be held at the Bethel Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on June 1.