Oscar J. "Buddy" Black, 74, of 10 Liberty Lane, Keene, NH died at the Cheshire Medical Center-Dartmouth Hitchcock, Keene on Thursday morning, July 18, 2013 after a period of failing health.
He was born in Keene, NH on May 2, 1939 the son of Oscar P. and Tatiana A. (Bartashevich) Black.
Oscar was a lifelong resident of Keene, attended Keene Schools and was a 1957 graduate of Keene High School where he excelled in all three sports programs. He was the recipient of the Sharby Trophy. He served with the US Army in Vietnam from 1961 until 1964.
Oscar was a valued and hard working employee and served the City of Keene for 39 years, most recently as the assistant director of the Public Works Department. He was a member of the Parish of the Holy Spirit and was a communicant at St. Bernard's Church. He was a life member of the Daley-Whipple VFW Post 799 in Keene.
Oscar married the love of his life, Judy L. Quinn on July 20, 1968 and they would have celebrated their forty-fifth wedding anniversary on Saturday.
One of Oscar's greatest joys was spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time with Judy at their winter home in Kissimmee, FL.
He also enjoyed camping, softball, golf, the casino and "Sparkle".
He is survived by his wife, Judy L. (Quinn) Black of Keene; three daughters; Terri Johnson and her husband Tom of Keene, Brenda Shelley and her husband David of Westmoreland, NH and Robin Cantara and her husband Steve of Gilsum, NH; seven grandchildren; Sarah Johnson, Michael Johnson, Joshua Johnson, Brian Johnson, C.J. Shelley, Spike Shelley and Rebecca Reed; two great-grandchildren; Ava Johnson, Mason Johnson, and his newest great-grandson, Kevin Arlen who will be joining the family on July 27th. Oscar is also survived by an uncle and several cousins.
A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Bernard's Church, 185 Main Street, Keene on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Steven M. Kucharski, Associate Pastor will be the celebrant. Burial will be at a later date. Family and friends are invited to call at the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene on Sunday July 21st from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be made in Oscar's name to the Community Kitchen, PO Box 1315, Keene, NH 03431 or to the Kingsbury Center for Cancer Care, Patient Relief Fund, 580 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431.