Richard Black, 90, lived in New Milford
Richard P. "Pat" Black, 90, of New Milford, died April 16, 2012. He was the husband of Frances (Altorelli) Black.
Mr. Black was born in 1922, in Huntingdon, Pa., son of David R. and Ruth (Rohland) Black.
He was educated in a one-room schoolhouse. At 16, he entered Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster, Pa., graduating in 1942, having majored in watch making and carpentry.
Mr. Black graduated in 1949 from the Bowman Technical School, also in Lancaster, specializing in watch and jewelry repair and engraving.
He served in World War II and the Korean War.
He continued his career with the military overseeing the NIKE missile program in Connecticut in the 1950s and eventually moving on to quality control for the federal government until his retirement.
Mr. Black interests and hobbies including fishing, hunting, boating, furniture making and gardening. He never tired of spending time with his family and friends, and giving a helping hand to all.
He recently enjoyed a wonderful 90th birthday celebration atttended by family and friends.
Some of his favorite sayings were "Come early, stay late," "The more the merrier," "I'm fit as a fiddle" and most of all, "Stay positive."
In addition to his wife, Mr. Black is survived by his former spouse, Evelyn (Wagner) Black, and their children, Gayle Smith, and her husband, Jim, Richard Black Jr., and his wife, Pat, Donna Cavallaro, and her husband, Bob, and Lynn Olson, and her husband, Dave; two stepsons, David Haddad, and his wife, Francine, and Christopher Haddad, and his wife, Dayan; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; siblings, Jane Smith, Eric Black, Bill Black and June Logue; and a grandson, Taylor.
Burial will be at a later date in Huntingdon.
The Lillis Funeral Home of New Milford was in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 5 Brookside Drive, P.O. Box 5022, Wallingford, CT 06492, or New Milford Visiting Nurse Association, 68 Park Lane Road, New Milford, CT 06776.