BLAKE – Ricky James

Born on March 23, 1960. Passed away June 10, 2021.

Passed away tragically after suffering a brain aneurysm on the 22-05-21. Beloved husband of Karyn for 40 years. Adored Father and father-in-law of Calem and Cici, Aaron, Jayden, Jesse and their partners Grace and Luna.

We will never forget your love for us and your cheeky sense of humor.

At peace in the presence of Jesus.



Funeral Notice
Due to Covid restrictions the Funeral for Mr Ricky James Blake will be a private funeral by invitation only. The service will be live streamed on FRIDAY (June 25, 2021) commencing at 12.30 pm. To view live stream please click here.
  1. So very sad to hear of the loss of such a beautiful man. Karyn and family we send you our love.

    Shirlene & Shane Browne June 16, 2021
  2. Thankyou Blakey for sharing your dedication and passion to all your endeavours. Your friendship and humour will be sadly missed. Our thoughts go out to your family members.

    Neil Hand June 16, 2021
  3. Karyn and family, sending sincere condolences, Ricky was a great mate and work colleague for many years at Foodmach. He will always be fondly remembered.

    Dallas Coote June 17, 2021
  4. Condolences to you all on the loss of Ricky. A valued work colleague who had a great sense of humour. He will be missed.
    Heather Barker (SDA)

    Heather Barker June 17, 2021
  5. Ricky was valued and well thought of staff member at Foodmach for many years.

    From all those who were fortunate to have worked alongside Ricky, we send Karyn and their family our sincere condolences.

    Foodmach Staff June 17, 2021
  6. To Karyn, Calem, Aaron, Jayden, Jessie and Grace and Luna. My thoughts are with you all. I along with everyone will miss this beautiful man. We will always remember him to be a very special person. One of a kind. Julie x

    Julie Ward June 17, 2021
  7. So very sad to hear of the loss of Rick, although its been many years I still have fond memories of Rick when we worked together for National Foods. Such a kind and caring person. Thinking of the Blake family at this sad time.

    Michelle Misiurka June 17, 2021
  8. My thoughts are with you all at this very sad time.
    Ricky was a kind and gentle man with a cheeky sense of humor, he always made me laugh when he came down to my office.
    Ricky will be missed by everyone. xx

    Amanda Norton June 18, 2021
  9. Sincere Condolences Karyn and family. Ricky was a great work colleague and our thoughts go out to you all

    Joe Truscio June 18, 2021
  10. Heartfelt condolences to Rick’s family.
    His passing away is a great loss. He will be sorely missed.

    Christopher Roziel June 18, 2021
  11. My deepest condolences on the sudden loss of Ricky. He was not just a work mate for me but also a very dear friend. Ricky is very respected within Saputo Dairy and beyond and will be sadly missed, he will be in our hearts and memories forever. Sending you Love and Hugs at this time.

    Debbie June 18, 2021
  12. Sincere condolences to Ricky’s family and colleagues. Ricky was a terrific person, interested in others, kind, and considerate, and he always left you with the feeling that he treated everyone that way. The most enjoyable part of my work has been getting to know and becoming friends with people like Ricky Blake.

    Brian Dureau June 18, 2021
  13. Rest in peace Rick, your kind heart and soul are now at rest. God bless.

    Andrew Hood June 18, 2021
  14. Our thoughts, love and prayers to you Karyn, Calem, Aaron, Jayden & Jesse (& family).
    Rick was, and will remain, a treasured part of our family. Such fond memories of someone that always knew what to say to make you laugh, regardless of the situation. Always remembered.

    Tanya Coulson Kesson June 20, 2021
  15. one of life’s true gentlemen and a very special man, you will be sorely missed old friend.

    Ken Macaloney June 21, 2021
  16. Ricky was a caring and considerate team mate who always made time to have a chat and ask how you were going. I will miss our conversations mate. Much love to Karyn and family

    Jason Kelly June 21, 2021
  17. Condolences to Ricky’s family.
    Ricky will be sorely missed among his extend Saputo family.
    Rest in Peace , It was a privilege to have worked with you

    Chris Wettenhall June 21, 2021
  18. Thinking of you my darling Chick, Calem, Aaron, Jayden, Jesse and their families.
    Love always, God Bless you darling. Auntie Marj and Uncle bob xoxo

    Marj Coulson June 21, 2021
  19. Ricky you certainly knew how to brighten a room. Your laughter was contagious and your jokes, well they were bad but we still laughed.
    You are a great person and I will miss your emails in French and sending you Noddy Badges for doing your training.
    It was an absolute pleasure to know you.
    My deepest condolences to Karyn, Calem, Aaron, Jayden, Jessie , Grace and Luna.

    Bec Skinner June 21, 2021
  20. Karyn and family, sending sincere condolences. Ricky was a great work boss and my thoughts go out to you and your family

    Stephen Inger June 21, 2021
  21. RJB, you will be missed as a friend and a colleague.

    Trevor Prendergast June 21, 2021
  22. Our condolences to your family on the loss of Ricky.
    We feel very privileged to have known such a kind, compassionate and engaging man.
    Ricky was not only a work mate, Ricky was a wonderful friend, one that we will miss immensely.
    Ricky may be gone from our sight however he will never leave our hearts.

    Ian & Trish Wilkinson June 21, 2021
  23. Sincere condolences to you Karyn and family. My heart goes out to you all.

    Anton Fullerton June 22, 2021
  24. A tribute to a real character and great friend and to a dependable and skilled work mate. Condolences to Karyn and family.

    Mark O'Brien June 23, 2021
  25. Thinking of you all at this very sad time.
    Many fond memories of Rick.

    Tracey, Craig and family xx

    Craig and Tracey Davey June 23, 2021
  26. The years and the distance have not made me forget the joy of working with Rick, he will remain in my memory forever. I’m sad today.
    All my condolences to Karyn and her children.

    Anne-Lise AVISSE June 23, 2021
  27. We send our love & condolences to all the Blake families at this sad time. Praying for you Karyn & family & all the families. Ian & Noelle.

    Ian Fenn June 23, 2021
  28. I had the pleasure of knowing Ricky in a professional context but with his joy of living, with his kindness he introduced me to his family. Although we haven’t seen each other for a very long time, I’m losing a friend today

    Ricky it was really a pleasure to know you.

    All my sincere condolences to you Karine and your family.

    Eric Godard (APV - SPX FRANCE) June 24, 2021
  29. Thanks to our Australian friend Blackey for sharing your kindness.
    We will not forget your friendship and humour.
    It was a privilege to have worked with you.
    Our thoughts go out to his family members, his wife Karyn, his children Calem and Cici, Aaron, Jayden, Jesse, Grace and Luna.

    René HARDY (SPXFLOW France) June 24, 2021
  30. Uncle Rick, I know where you are now and that you will forever be brightening up the many rooms and places you’ live now – With Nan and Aunty Jean too. I know where you’ll be missed as well, and our love and hearts mourn with Aunty Karen, Calem, Cici, Aaron, Jayden and Jesse. We love you all. My memories with you are always on an adventure!
    Bek and Dave

    Bek Howell June 24, 2021
  31. I remember when Ricky just seemed to appear at the youth group in Kyabram. He was always very funny, and I have fond memories of his performances with The Blackhead Brothers. Lots of love to Karyn and the children. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted..

    Wayne Gillie June 25, 2021
  32. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family Karyn on the passing of Rick.
    It was an absolute pleasure to have know him and he will be remembered for his kindness and sense of humour (even though we only knew him for a short time)
    We are thinking of you all through this very difficult time and send you all our love and strength to you all.

    Shaun, Tess & Harrison Ingram June 25, 2021
  33. Karyn – we are so sorry to hear of the loss of Ricky. We have great memories of him and all the Blake family and send our love. Neville and Dot Amery

    Dot Amery June 25, 2021
  34. Rick: a good, decent & respected friend, mentor & work-mate.
    You had a special gift mate; you could always make people smile with your whacky sense of humour and cheeky grin.
    You will be sadly missed by many.
    Fond memories in our hearts forever.
    Our thoughts are with Karyn and family.

    Sarge, Nicholas, Warmo and Wayne

    Wayne Carter June 25, 2021
  35. Deepest Sympathy to you Karyn and families. We are praying and thinking of you all. Fond memories of dear Ricky…..Many are of his great sense of humor.
    With love Don and Sharyn

    Don and Sharyn June 25, 2021
  36. A kind and cheerful approach to life will be my abiding memory of you, Ricky. My heartfelt condolences to your family.

    Brendon Rae June 25, 2021
  37. Sincere condolences to Karyn and family your in our thoughts and prayers

    Beatrice, Paul and daughter Emma inkenya June 25, 2021
  38. Dear Karyn and family,
    we are so sad to hear of Ricky’s sudden passing. We have great memories of him from the time you lived in Kyabram, and from our short visits over the years. He was a treasured part of our extended family. Sending you our love and prayers,
    Narelle, Peter, Matthew, Katja and Aunty Margaret.

    Narelle Gillie-Morgan June 25, 2021
  39. During my short 2 years of knowing Ricky he was always friendly and prepared to assist in any way he could.
    My condolences to the entire Blake family during what would be a very difficult time.
    Ricky will be missed by many

    Les Ryan June 25, 2021
  40. My sincerest condolences to Karyn and the family for your loss. Ricky was a gentleman and a great friend to work with. May God provide comfort to you all at this time.

    Derrick Nicholson June 25, 2021
  41. Please accept our deepest sympathy for your loss from all of us in the USA dear Karyn and familly may his beautiful soul rest in peace with Almighty Father <3

    Marie Magon June 25, 2021
  42. Ricky, no doubt you will be missed, I immensely enjoyed working with you and knowing you. Heartfelt condolences to your Family.

    Vivek Vivekanand June 25, 2021
  43. I only knew Ricky for a short time but will remember him by his smiling face and willingness to have a chat and a laugh with anyone. My thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time.

    Nathan Williams June 25, 2021
  44. My sincere condolences to Karyn and family on the sad passing of Ricky Blake. He was such a kind and funny soul. I couldn’t have asked for a better first ‘boss’, who taught us all so much and gave us many new opportunities. I remember the times at National Foods very fondly and Ricky was a huge part of this.

    Alison Dilger

    Alison Dilger June 25, 2021
  45. Loving thoughts Karen and family. This is a sad and Special Time to remember your husband and father. Rick is now enjoying the Lord’s Presence and meeting with loved ones and friends who have gone before. Ps 23 is especially appropriate at this time.

    Hope Morton June 25, 2021
  46. Sincere condolences to Karyn and family. May you the the comfort of Jesus at this time of your sad loss. One of the best fellas I ever worked with along with his brother there was never dull moment in the jam room at KPC
    May Jesus be with you
    Peter and Glenys

    Peter Hipwell June 25, 2021
  47. My love goes out to the entire Blake family. Rick was father to me for so many years and I will forever be grateful for all the love, kindness, support and friendship he gave me. I can still feel his big warm hugs, hear his naughty jokes and see his big beautiful smile. Memories I will cherish forever, I love you.

    Laura June 25, 2021
  48. My sincere love and condolences to Karyn and the boys and the rest of the family.
    A great man and a real funny bugger, will always remember the morning of the “dam incident” and laugh.
    May you rest in peace and shine your love down on your family.

    Love Nottage

    Jacob Nottage June 25, 2021
  49. Thanks Ricky for being a great friend and family member and general funny man life of the party. Every memory I have with you seems to involve something funny you did or said.

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you Karen and extended family.

    Milton & Anne & family

    Milton Gillie June 25, 2021
  50. Lovely Memories of a cheerful young man.Katrina remembers being taught in Sunday school by you both many years ago now.
    Karyn our thoughts and prayers remain with you and the family through this time of sorrow.
    May God grant you the oil of joy for mourning and a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Much Love in Christ Jan & David. Amery.

    David & Jan Amery June 25, 2021
  51. Very bad and sad new, I still keep a good memory working with Rick during my short stay in Echuca.
    Sympathetic and joyful guy, he will miss.
    All my condolences to his family and his close relations.

    Thierry TERRADE June 25, 2021
  52. Dear Karyn,
    Please receive my heartfelt condolences for the passing of Rick. I know that being a believer will be a big help for you but I also know that the separation is very hard.
    Rick’s soul is at peace now, free from all suffering, and in the light of God.
    May God bring you peace and comfort.
    Lots of love

    Bruno Montazeau June 27, 2021
  53. Even though Rick’s passing makes me very sad,I will keep the memories of him forever in my heart;he was such a devoted friend,in work and also in everyday life.I will always think fondly of him

    Bruno Montazeau June 28, 2021
  54. Sincerest condolences to all of Ricky’s family. Ricky was such a caring and generous man and it was a pleasure to have had the opportunity to work with him. You will be greatly missed Ricky xx

    Simone Carrel July 1, 2021
  55. It was good working with Rick at our church, and going to youth group nights at the Blakes.. The last time I saw Rick was over Zoom – he gave Karyn a kiss and then gave a smile and a little wave to the camera. It’s sad he was taken so early. Love to all the family from Anne and John

    Anne Vinicombe July 16, 2021