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|Matthew Blake Wallens
Date of Birth: April 16, 1970
Position: SVP, Portfolio Trading
Blake was my best friend and the best person I knew. He was a beautiful person – his smile and gentle spirit radiated warmth, kindness, intelligence and integrity.
Blake loved life, and for the past five years that we were together, his contagious enthusiasm and unfaltering devotion elevated the quality of my life immeasurably. He was always a joy to be around. When I look back at our time together, there are no regrets or what-ifs. Just many, many happy memories, and lots and lots of love.
Blake knew how to have fun. He had no trouble accessing his inner child, and so our friends’ kids all loved him and his silly ways. He appreciated the small gifts of everyday life; a bike ride through Riverside Park, a hike in the woods, a delicious meal, going to the movies, reading a really good book, spending time with friends or family – any of these activities would bring a big smile to Blake’s face, and, as a result, to mine.
But Blake was also serious about the important things. He was the most loyal and sensitive friend a person could have and he was always there if someone needed him. He made a point of trying to understand and connect with others.
I will always miss Blake more than I can express, but I know that his spirit will live through the many people who loved him.