Bernard N. Blask
1931 - 2019
Obituary of Bernard N. Blask
Herkimer - Bernard N. "Bernie" Blask, 87, of Herkimer passed away, Thursday, April 18, 2019 in Little Falls Hospital with his loving family by his side.
He was born May 29, 1931, the seventh and youngest child of Mary and Paul Blask, Sr. Born and raised in Middleville, NY, Dad graduated from Middleville High where he excelled in sports and drama. Dad used to say he graduated from the "School of Hard Knocks", and his first boss was "Manual Labor," and it is true that his work ethic was epic. He worked as a dairy man, in tanneries and for the former Mohawk Data Sciences/Momentum..
He was a longtime member of the E.W. Corey Hose Company, rising to the rank of Assistant Chief. He was a veteran of the Army National Guard, and longtime Falcon and former president and proprietor of Herkimer's Polish Club.
Dad was a sports guy, a lifelong Dodger fan, who excelled in basketball and baseball. He played semi-pro baseball and spoke of striking out Bob Feller. Dad's talents, combined with those of his brother, Maynard were the stuff of local legend. The Blask brothers were a baseball force to be reckoned with. Later, Dad played and coached fast and slow pitch softball.
Dad loved nature: fishing, hiking, exploring, hunting and camping. Who can forget Camp Kill-a-Keg? Dad loved the Adirondacks and aspired to be a forest ranger. Instead, he was our own Adirondack Guide.
Dad loved animals, had a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh. His practical jokes are legendary. He was so much fun to be around and included everyone. He was a good friend, and friends meant the world to him. Many fondly recall his laughter-filled Wednesday night card games.
Dad loved family. He married Mom, the late Karen Ashley Blask on April 25, 1959 and together they raised five children. To us, he was the bringer of treats, piggyback rides and bedtime stories. Long talks, riding in the back of his truck, big hugs, "Dad dates," so many memories. How do you sum them up? You can't.
Dad's wonderful spirit lives on in the family he loved and who love him so much. He is survived by his children, Cheryl, Tim (Cindy), Brenda (David Lewis), David (Kerry) and Kathleen (Jeff Gegler); his grandchildren, Ryan (Jen) Lewis, Jessica (Ray) Aponte, Eric (Erica) Lewis, Krystina (Stephen Wile) Lewis, Casey Blask, Tyler Blask and Kieran Gegler; his great grandchildren, twins Rylan and Jackson Aponte, Layken Lewis, Bryce Lewis and baby-to-be Lewis; his brother, Maynard Blask; his sister in law, Eileen Trzpuc and many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Welcoming Dad to heaven are Mom, his parents, brothers and sisters, Vincent, Anthony, Paul, Jr., Irene (Rene) and Pauline (Plink) and in-laws, Lorraine Blask, "Nobie" Walczak, Gloria Blask, Joe Ozog and Duane Trzpuc. What a fantastic reunion!
His funeral will be held Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 9:00 at Sts Anthony and Joseph Church where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by the Rev. Quy Vo, pastor. Interment will be in St. John’s Cemetery, Newport. There are no calling hours. His Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Petykiewicz, Iocovozzi & Burns Funeral Home, Herkimer.
Special thanks to the Alpine staff, ER nurse Dawn, and staff of Third Floor East at Bassett Little Falls, especially Sarah Null, FNP. You hit it out of the park with the kindness and compassion you showed Dad and us.
Donations may be made to The Adirondack Council. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Online donations may be made via: https://adirondackcouncil.donorshops.com/product/MEMORIAL/gift-in-memory
Expressions of sympathy may be placed on Bernie's online memorial page by going to www.iocovozzifuneralhomes.com
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