Peter L. Blake – Knox County Village Soup

CAMDEN – Peter Lawrence Blake, 83, died suddenly on Friday, December 3, 2021 at Sussman House in Rockport, following a difficult hospitalization.

Peter was born on January 30, 1938 in Auburn, California, to Andrew Cobb Blake and Katherine Elizabeth (Betty) Perot Blake. He was the second of four boys. After her father’s sudden death, Betty married Duane Doolittle, professor of economics at Syracuse University, and the family moved to upstate New York.

Over the next several years, Duane, a native of Boothbay, brought them all to Maine for the summer, before finally settling down at Merrymeeting Farm in Lincolnville. The family hosted many regular summer guests, hosted square dances in their barn, and started DownEast Magazine at their kitchen table.

Peter, (aka “Dreamboat”) attended Camden High School, played cymbals in the band, took down the local cops with his brothers in their Jeep, and graduated in 1955. The following April he joined Exton Guckes and the crew aboard the Malabar II. for an extraordinary transatlantic journey to Spain and back. After this great adventure, he enrolled in Principia, the alma mater of his ancestors, where in 1959 he obtained a diploma in commercial and financial management.

After a brief stint in the US Marine Corps, Peter began his professional career in New York with Fahnestock & Co., before moving to Chicago where he continued to work as a Chartered Financial Analyst and Investment Broker. for 27 years. After working for Fahnestock & Co. he joined RW Baird for a number of years, although he continued to visit Camden regularly as the Manager of Harbor Square Family Properties.

In 1994 Peter was given the opportunity to manage AG Edwards’ office in Camden and was able to purchase the house owned by Exton Guckes. It was then that he returned “home”.

Like Peter, he wasted no time getting more involved in the community he loved. He has participated in numerous municipal committees and downtown business groups. He has served on the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the First Windjammer Weekend Committee, Member of the Camden Rotary Club, Midcoast Forum on Foreign Relations, Camden Yacht Club, Megunticook Country Club, of the MS Walk and any other place where it might be useful.

Peter was a special person. Those who knew him will remember his caring and generous nature, along with his humor, sparkling blue eyes, mischievous smile and very loud sneezes.

Predeceased by his parents, his stepfather, his older brother Merritt and several dear friends, he is survived by his wife, Susan Scholz Blake; her son, Christopher Oakley Blake; his brothers, Fred Perot Blake and Andrew Cobb Blake; extended family members; plus two dogs; two cats; and a number of people he loved dearly.

At Peter’s request, there will be no services. His ashes will be dispersed at the convenience of the family.

Goodbye Lovey.

To share a memory or condolences with Peter’s family, please visit their Book of Memories at

Arrangements are made at Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock Street, Rockland.

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