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Blake Gardiner Barklage

Blake, a 17-year old senior at La Salle College High School and resident of Doylestown, passed away tragically on October 30, 2021 of a sudden cardiac incident.  Blake, who wanted to be a lawyer, was active at La Salle as a member of the Mock Trial and the Speech and Debate teams.  He was repeatedly awarded “top advocate” for his mock trial team.  Blake was also a member of the Model UN club, and attended many Model UN councils, including at Penn State and Georgetown.  He loved to mentor younger students and to use his passions to excite and invigorate others.   A member of the National Honor Society, Blake volunteered as a student Ambassador and in service at La Salle’s Triest Hall, helping individuals with impaired intellectual and adaptive functioning.  Blake was a member of the La Salle Varsity Tennis team and a manager for the varsity soccer team.  At La Salle, Blake found and formed strong friendships and lived a brotherhood molded from shared experiences, strengthened by diversity of thought and appreciation for and of each other.  Blake also loved to play golf.  He played competitively since he was 13 years old.  When he was not out in the Jeep with his sister making a Wawa run, he loved playing golf and spending time with his family at their golf club, Commonwealth National Golf Club, where he also caddied.  Blake spent his summers on Long Beach Island, New Jersey, sailing at Little Egg Harbor Yacht Club, forming deep relationships with his beach friends, and where he loved just spending time with his mom, dad, sister and extended family, including his cousins and LEHYC family.  Always smiling and laughing, Blake learned early how to balance competitive pressures with the joys of having fun, often remarking to others:  “Have a short-term memory. Don’t let the last shot affect the next one.”  He had a remarkably mature ability to use the past to make an even brighter tomorrow.  Living the “Enter to learn, Leave to serve” credo, he wanted his last act to be an opportunity to help so many others as an organ donor.  

He is survived by his parents, Thomas and Alison Barklage and his sister Alexis Barklage of Doylestown, PA, his grandparents Mary Barklage of Sarasota, Florida and June Hudson of Berwyn, Pennsylvania, Uncle Mike, Mia and Landin Barklage (Laguna Beach, California), Uncle Jeff, Aunt Stacey, Alec and Dawson Barklage (Tampa, Florida), and Uncle Buzz, Aunt Lorann, Maddie and Monty Wood (Berwyn, Pennsylvania), and pre-deceased by his grandfathers, William J. Barklage, Francis E. McCullion, Jr., and William S. Hudson, as well as by his uncles Billy Barklage and Brian Barklage.

Blake’s family will receive friends on Wednesday, November 3, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and on Thursday, November 4, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at La Salle College High School  at 8605 Cheltenham Avenue, Wyndmoor, Pennsylvania 19038.  A Memorial Service will be held for Blake on Thursday, November 4, 2021 at 11:00 a.m., also at La Salle. 

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Guardian Angel Fund (https://www.lschs.org/support/give-now) at La Salle College High School, 8605 Cheltenham Avenue, Wyndmoor Pennsylvania 19038.

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Service/Memorial Information
  • Evening Visitation

    Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021
    6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    La Salle College High School
    8605 W. Cheltenham Ave.
    Wyndmoor, PA 19038

  • Morning Visitation

    Thursday, November 4th, 2021
    9:00 AM - 10:45 AM

    La Salle College High School
    8605 W. Cheltenham Ave.
    Wyndmoor, PA 19038

  • Service

    Thursday, November 4th, 2021
    11:00 AM

    La Salle College High School
    8605 W. Cheltenham Ave.
    Wyndmoor, PA 19038

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