Paul E. Blade
Paul went to Heaven on September 17, 2020. After a 20+ year battle with Parkinson’s, it finally effected the muscles in his throat leaving him unable to swallow. As a result, he forwent further treatment and passed peacefully and comfortably at home with Hospice.
He is survived by his wife, Joanne Cross Blade; his 4 children William (Roxanne) Blade, Robert (Kristie) Blade; Joseph Blade; Patricia (Blaire) Stoudemire; his 5 grandchildren Kathryn and Nicole Stoudemire; Kaitlyn, Matthew and Megan Blade; his 3 step-children Charles (Kerrie) Cross, Carrie (Matthew) Roberts, Christian Cross; and his 5 step-grandchildren Ethan, Maggie, and Henry Roberts; Ryan and Casey Cross.
In 1973, he and his first wife, Joan E. Blade, left their hometown of Sandusky, Ohio, with 4 children who were 3 years old and younger and established a life in South Florida. After working for another attorney for 3 years, he went into practice on his own and formed Paul E. Blade, PA. Although he frequently joked about taking any work that walked in the door, he eventually specialized in Real Estate Law and Estate planning. In 1995, his son, William (Bill), joined him in practice and the firm became Blade & Blade, PA. Later, the two founded Blade Title Company.
Although Paul had been retired for some time, it was hard to say exactly when he retired. It was probably a full year of not being on the payroll before he stopped coming to the office every day. Once he started to get used to being home and having time to garden and other things, Joan called Bill and asked “Isn’t there something you can have your father do at the office?” He could never sit still, he always had to be doing something.
When Joan passed on Christmas in 2014, we were all devastated. Paul and Joan had been married for 49 years and he was disappointed that they did not make it to 50.
Fortunately, Paul met Joanne Cross. We believe it was divine intervention because the two had so much in common. Both had lost spouses after long marriages. Both were from Sandusky, Oho, and knew many of the same people even though they had never met. Both had 5 grandchildren, but Paul had 4 granddaughters and 1 grandson, while Joanne had 4 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. Paul and Joanne were married on April 28, 2018.
Although he never lost his mind, spirit, or amazing sense of humor, Parkinson’s disease eventually took his body.
He was a man dedicated to his family, faith, friends, and clients. Despite his rigorous work schedule, he found time to coach his children in sports, participate in Scouting and other Social groups. His courage, integrity, and generosity were an example for his family and all who knew him. He, and his wit, will be greatly missed.
Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 10:30am at St. Joan of Arc in Boca Raton with current mass protocols followed. All guest must wear a mask and only sit with your family and stay 6 feet apart from others at all times. The services will also be streaming for those unable to make it or with underlying conditions, please go to www.facebook.com/SaintJoanOfArcCatholicChurch at 10:30am and the mass will be streaming live.
In lieu of flowers the family would ask that you make donations to St. Joan of Arc Catholic School or Trustbridge (formerly known as Hospice by the Sea)
St. Joan of Arc Catholic School
370 SW 3rd Street, Boca Raton, FL 33432,
5300 East Avenue, West Palm Beach FL 33407