Passings: Eva Joanne Blake


Long-serving staff member Eva Joanne Blake passed away peacefully at age 65 on May 14. Blake was a dedicated graduate program assistant in the Department of Social Science at York University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.

Eva Joanne Blake portrait
Eva Joanne Blake

Blake had a long and distinguished career with the University, beginning her journey at York in 1975 and retiring, after 46 years, in February 2021. Her contributions left a lasting impact on her team and her dedication, knowledge and warm personality made her a beloved colleague and friend to many.

She was known for her love of nature, beautiful flowers, gemstones and crystals. She also enjoyed dancing and was a patron of the arts – particularly live theatre. She loved travelling and experiencing all of the wonderful things the world has to offer.

Blake was the mother of Andre and Renée, the sister of Tony and Sam, and the grandmother of Greyson, Leyla and Soleia.

She will be deeply missed by a host of family and friends.

A memorial service took place on May 28. Family, friends and colleagues can view a video of the service, share photos and send condolences to Blake’s loved ones at: