Bob at the Chase Club in Tampa.
Courtesy Dave Burnett

The Bilmar Station NTN Trivia Team

NTN/Buzztime Player of the Week


Bob "SOB" the NTN Player

 Narrative by Linda Woolard 

Bob S O B was an avid Buzztime trivia player and had been playing since 1996. He had earned 28,618,700 Players PlusPlus Points and 36,854 badges over the course of 16,687 plays.

Bob formed his Showdown team in 1998, a team which currently plays at Dagwoods Sports Tavern Tampa in #Tampa, Florida. In the last Countdown game Bob played, he finished first at his location and 25th overall. Bob had organized several trivia bashes over the years which included people in attendance from across the country.

No matter where he traveled, Bob always managed to find a place to play trivia and was quick to make friends no matter where he played. He was truly a class act. Bob enjoyed drinking ice cold Stella while playing Buzztime. Let's all raise our glasses in memory of Sweet Old Bob!


Robert John "Bob" Blake Obituary


Robert John "Bob" Blake, 71, of Odessa, passed away July 3, 2015. He was born in Chicago, IL and was graduated from St. Joseph's College in Indiana with bachelor's degrees in business and mathematics. His career in technical marketing management began with IBM. He then worked with EDS, Perot Systems, and Cap Gemini, which included living in London and Paris. Bob enjoyed Buzz Time trivia, travel, and his Monday golf group. He leaves behind his loving and caring wife, Janelle; sons, Robert Blake of Tampa, and Talbot Blake of Taiwan; brothers, George Blake of Marietta, GA and Michael Blake of San Francisco, CA; and sister, Julie Sanders of Roswell, GA. Bob's loving and generous spirit continues to touch lives. As Bob wished, his body was donated to science. His family is comforted in their loss knowing that countless others may benefit from his precious gift. A private service will be conducted at a later date. If desired, donations to the American Cancer Society would be appreciated.

 Published in the Tampa Bay Times on July 8, 2015 

Condolences Published in the Tampa Bay Times

July 14, 2015
I met Bob playing trivia about 5 years ago. It is rare for me to find someone that I take an instant liking to. Bob was one of those people. It was sad to see his name disappearing from the results on the Buzztime website. It was sadder seeing his name on the Buzztime game tonight. So sorry for your loss Janelle.

July 11, 2015
RIP Bob. So very, very sorry for your loss of a wonderful man.

July 11, 2015
I know that Janelle and Bob touched my life in such a positive way. The love shared between Bob and Janelle was liike no other I have seen, but could only wish for. The world's light shines less bright without Bob in it. He is surely one of the angels looking over his beloved Janelle.

July 09, 2015
Bob was a great friend. He was my golf partner, my regional VP and a trivia superstar. I will miss him snd send my prayers to his loved ones.

July 09, 2015
So sorry about this news. What a fighter this man was.

July 09, 2015
Bob "Tex" was always a special person. We went to High School together on Ohio and he was always so upbeat and friendly. He and I e- mailed a few times this year while he was sick and he still was upbeat and positive. The world was a better place because of him! My prayers are with the family.

July 09, 2015
Bob was truly a great friend and the best human being I have ever been privileged to know. I am very sorry that he is gone however I am sure he is in a better place.

July 08, 2015
Such a wonderful brother! Bob will be missed. I always looked up to him, both physically (I am the shortest Blake) and emotionally. He was dear, like our Mom. Always said the sweetest things to make the world better. He had amazing stories to tell, and terribly funny jokes. He loved you,Janelle, with his whole heart! You were both so fortunate to have each other.
As much as I hate being called Jules, Bob was forgiven, because he always said it as an exclamation.

Love, "JULES!"

July 08, 2015
The Diaz Softcheck Family of Gainesville wishes to add its loving condolences to Bob's family on the passing of a warm hearted gregarious funny and caring soul. We have the warmest memories of Bob and hope his family feels his love as he resides in the realm of spirit.

July 08, 2015
I am so very sorry for your loss. What a generous spirit Bob had - continuing to help others even after leaving this physical world.
Barbara Softcheck Kaplan

July 07, 2015
Janelle: I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Bob was a great person and you were a perfect couple. Remember the good times. Hope we can get together soon.

July 07, 2015
My sincerest condolences to the Blake Family. May the God of all comfort be with you at this difficult time. (Psalms 83:18)

July 07, 2015
So sorry for your loss, Janelle. Will never forget the great times we had in Dallas visiting golf tournaments and talking barbecue. Bob was a terrific man. May he rest in peace. Love, Tierney Jory

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