Obituary of Robert Bruce Black
BELCHERTOWN: Robert "Bob" B. Black, 83, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, March 14, 2023 with his family by his side. The love of his life and his wife of 63 years, Sandra E. (Campbell) Black predeceased him in 2020 and his daughter Lori A. Black predeceased him in 2011. He is survived by his loving children: David B. Black and his wife Hauwa of Bristol, FL, Margaret E. Colon and her husband Angel of Granby and Kim Williams and her husband Jim of Belchertown; his grandchildren: Colby Nugent and his wife Jennifer of Granby, Jill Majka and her husband Adam of Granby, David Black, Jr. of Bristol, FL and Ashley Bryand and her husband Daniel of Tallahassee, FL; his great grandchildren: Keira and Layne Nugent, Emerson and Oliver Majka and Aiden and Tristan Bryant; his sisters: Elizabeth Ridenour of Belchertown and Carol Olbrych of Agawam; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends at Pine Valley Plantation. His sisters Rita Belitz and Marion Riley also predeceased him.
Bob was born and raised in Springfield, the only son of the late David B. and Mary E. (Ling) Black with four sisters. His father passed when he was 11 years old so he was the man of the house. He was a hard worker and dedicated to his family. Bob worked over 20 years as a Springfield Firefighter until his retirement in the late 1980's but he also worked selling cars, delivering milk, plowing snow during the winter months, working in a greenhouse growing flowers and all different types of odd jobs that came his way. Restoring his 1940's Ford filled his time and he enjoyed driving it. He and Sandra would ride around on his Harley Davidson motorcycles and went on many road trips up to Canada, in their younger years they would spend summers with the kids at the beaches in Old Lyme, CT and Bob always loved fishing and taking his boat out to Niantic Sound. All who knew Bob will miss him dearly.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations in Bob's memory to: BARC- Belchertown Animal Control, 165 George Hannum Street, Belchertown, MA 01007. Services are private.To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Robert Black, please visit Tribute Store