William W. “Bill” Black – 1934 – 2020 – Car Cruiser, Worked on Race Cars

William W. “Bill” Black – 1934 – 2020 – Car Cruiser, Worked on Race Cars

WATERTOWN — William W. “Bill” Black Sr., 85, of Watertown, passed away peacefully at Waterbury Hospital on June 22, 2020, with his daughter Doreen, and niece Nancy Geary, by his side. He was married to the late Catherine Black for 46 years.

Bill was born on Oct. 9, 1934 in Waterbury, the son of the late Henry and Edith (Schwenterly) Black. He attended Slocum School and graduated from Leavenworth High School. During his youth, Bill enjoyed spending time at the family farm of his friend, Adolph Pecka.

Bill spent many years working as a diesel mechanic, retiring from Atlantic Detroit Diesel at the age of 72. He enjoyed working on his brother’s and son’s race cars when they raced at Plainville Stadium. He also enjoyed exhibiting his antique cars and truck.

The Black family would like to thank and acknowledge Dr. Stephen Rubenstein and his staff for the excellent care and support they provided to Bill for many years.

Left to cherish his legacy and honor his love and memories are his daughter, Doreen, with whom he made his home; his daughter-in-law Maryann Black; grandson William Black III; granddaughter Kelsie Massengill; brother-in-law Jack Geary; as well as several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his son, William Black Jr., whom he missed dearly and spoke about every day. He was also predeceased by his brothers, Robert and Harry Black and sisters, Marjorie Altieri and Barbara Geary.

A private burial will be at the family’s convenience with burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery.

To honor Bill’s memory, donations are encouraged to the Watertown Volunteer Fire Department, 935 Main St., Watertown, CT 06795.

The O’Neill Funeral Home, 742 Main St., Oakville, has been honored to assist the Black family. Memories endure only if you share them, so you are encouraged to leave a condolence, words of comfort or a personal memory with the Black family on William’s tribute page at oneillfuneralhome.com

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