Blake Scott Hamilton Duffield, of Brandon, MB (formerly of Kenora), passed away peacefully on September 30th, 2018, at the age of 33.
Growing up on Lake of the Woods is idyllic for many and this was especially true for Blake. He particularly loved spending summers with his dad, mom, siblings, and cousins at his very favourite place, Spruce Island Camp. Decades of experiences together with all of his amazing aunties, uncles, and cousins forged unbreakable bonds. All of of these people are so, so much more than mere relatives on a family tree.
After obtaining a Bachelor of Science from Brandon University, Blake remained in Brandon where he established himself professionally. As an employee, Blake was valued and rewarded by his employers and customers alike for his commitment, honesty, and integrity. He took great pride in his final position working as a Corporate Sales Manager at myITsource.
Blake was an avid reader and dedicated much of his time to learning and mastering his hobbies and interests. He was skilled at many things, including downhill skiing, fishing/hunting, photography, biking, gaming, cooking, and constructing everything from LEGO to actual houses. As well, music was a part of who Blake was. He played the piano and clarinet for many years and appreciated listening to a diverse range of musical genres. Blake was so lucky to be able to travel extensively and was always up for adventure! Taking beautiful photos in places like Dubai, Banff, Paris, Jamaica, Mexico and many destinations throughout Canada and the United States was such a joy for Blake.
Blake will be remembered for his characteristic quick wit and sense of humour, his genuine kindness, and his enduring positivity and optimism. Blake's genuine concern for others always far outweighed his concern for himself. Blake impacted the lives of many and touched the hearts of all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife Tara Hamilton Duffield, parents Scott and Marilyn Duffield, brother Joel Duffield, sister Lauren Duffield (Felix Evans), in-laws Donald and Margaret Hamilton, sister-in-law Katie Hamilton, as well as a large and loving extended group of family and friends in Kenora and throughout North America. He is predeceased by his paternal grandparents William and Ethel Duffield, and maternal grandparents George and Florence (Suzy) Mead.
A celebration of Blake's life will take place at The Boathouse restaurant in Kenora (320 Matheson Street South) on Friday, October 5, 2018 from 3:30-5:30. It will be a come-and-go reception open to all family and friends.
If so desired, donations in memory of Blake may be made to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada at www.braintumour.ca, or to an organization of your choosing.
Or you can smile because he has lived.
You can close your eyes and pray that he’ll come back
Or you can open your eyes and see all he’s left.
Your heart can be empty because you can’t see him
Or you can be full of the love you shared.
You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
Or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.
You can remember him and only that he’s gone
Or you can cherish his memory and let it live on.
You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back
Or you can do what he’d want: smile, open your eyes, love, and go on.