"Brilliant mind, gentle heart, an adventure loving soul", Blake Randolph Connolly, aged 50 passed away suddenly at home, on Saturday, June 9th. He was the devoted Son of Bill and Marcia, and Father of Noah Connolly. He will sorely be missed by aunts, uncles, numerous cousins, a multitude of friends, and his best friend on four legs, MAX.
Growing up he attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH), and graduated from Calvert Hall, in 1985, where he participated in wrestling and football. As a JV linebacker, Blake was voted MVP. During his high school years he developed an interest in biking, long-distance running, and swimming, which led to his completion of the IRONMAN Triathlon, in Hawaii (1987), when he was only 19 years old.
He attended Catonsville Community College for his Nursing Accreditation, in 1990. Working as a Trauma Nurse at Suburban Hospital, in Washington D.C., he received recognition as, "Nurse of the Year". He worked with an agency, as a Trauma Nurse at many area hospitals.
Always a world traveler, he developed his taste for ethnic foods, while honing his Chef skills. His caring nature had him jumping on a plane and flying to New Orleans to volunteer for a month in the, "search and rescue", of Katrina victims, after the 2005 Hurricane. Eventually, he became a medical Transport Nurse flying around the world, taking care of high-profile patients. He was in Islamabad during the 2008 terrorist attack, and was staying one block up from the seized hotel.
Blake was happiest on the beach, in Ocean City, Md., surfing the waves, sharing fun in the sun, on 8th Street, with family and friends. He was an accomplished snowboarder, skier, and surfer, who won a local surfing contest in O.C. Some of his fondest memories are his travels to Hawaii, many surfing adventures, even living off the land, under the stars.
Blake always beamed when talking about the "Apple of his eye", Noah, especially his adventures as a surfer. Recently, he was proud of Noah becoming an apprentice electrician.
For the last three years, Blake has dedicated much of his life to taking care of his Father, after he received a traumatic head injury. With Marcia also participating in Bill's care, Blake was also very mindful of giving his Mom many breaks and making her special treats.
Always frequenting H-Mart, enabled him to experiment with exotic ingredients to create "street food" cuisine. Blake's expertise in cooking resulted in him being a semi-finalist on the Master Chef Competition, in 2017.
Quotes from friends-
"You were the most giving, compassionate, quirky, loving friend to all people, and a stranger to none."
"A very bright light, lover of life, dutiful Son, man of his word, a friend who without hesitation would give you anything you asked."
When thinking about Blake, a friend summed him up as, "Love, Life, and Hot Sauce."
"I choose to think that Blake went on a surfing vacation for eternity."
July 22, 2018
Arcadia Fire Dept Hall
16020 Carnival Ave.
Upperco, MD 21155
The family will greet visitors starting at 1:00pm. In honor of Blake we would like to offer a wide variety of foods. So in lieu of flowers you are welcome to bring your favorite dish, (you know our Blake). Casual beach attire is encouraged. Friends will offer remembrances starting at 2:00 PM. Bring photos to add to his story.
This venue is alcohol free.
We thank you for your outpouring of love.
Mad Love “B’s” Family