William W. “Bill” Black, Sr.

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

Bill was born October 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, he 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; his grandson, William Black, III; his granddaughter, Kelsie Massengill; his 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 his sisters, Marjorie Altieri and Barbara Geary.

A private burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery will take place at the family’s convenience. Arrangements are by the O’Neill Funeral Home, 742 Main St., Oakville.

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

Memories endure only if shared. 

All are encouraged to leave a condolence, words of comfort or a personal memory with the Black family on William’s tribute page at www.oneillfuneralhome.com.

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