Curtis L. Blake, the co-founder of Friendly Ice Cream, died at the age of 102, at his home in Hobe Sound, Fla., on May 24. He was predeceased by his wife, Patricia. A passionate yachtsmen, they were both longtime summer residents of Northeast Harbor.
Curt, along with his brother, Prestley, opened their first Friendly shop in Springfield, Mass., in 1935. The company grew to over 800 restaurants in the ’80s.
Curt served four years in the Army Air Forces during World War II.
Curt and Pat founded the Curtis and Patricia Blake foundation, through which they donated monies to Massachusetts General Hospital, the Curtis L. Blake Center at the American International College as well as local organizations including Friends of Acadia, Maine Seacoast Mission and Maine Coast Heritage Trust. Curt also helped his daughter establish the “Harbor Bar” in 1976 which became an iconic treat to many on Mount Desert.
A private service will be held for the Blakes on Aug. 3.