Bolton – J. Howard Pew Black, Senior, 75, of Bolton, MA, formerly of Naples, FL and Marlborough, MA, died on Tuesday, October 10. J. was preceded in death by his wife of 45 years, Mary (Santini) Black.
J. was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, son of the late Frances Pew Hayes and George B. Black, Sr. He attended The Haverford School and graduated high school from The Phelps School, both in the Philadelphia area. He then received his Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University in 1969. He had a brief career as an elementary school teacher after graduation, and then transitioned to trust, estate, and financial planning, and eventually retired from Raymond James. He was the Chairman of the Board for the Frances Pew Hayes Family Foundation.
J. had many interests in his life besides the Foundation and all the wonderful charities it supported. Whether by land, sea, or air, he traveled the world and loved spending time with family and close friends over good food and wine. Sundays were spent at the Harvard Sportsmen’s Club followed by dinner with Chris and his family. He had his own woodworking shop and specialized in making furniture for he and Mary as well as family and friends. J.’s sense of humor and stories will be missed. He will always be remembered, and his passing will be felt for years to come.
J. is survived by his two sons, J. Howard Pew Black Jr. and his wife Dawn of Amesbury, MA and Christopher George Black and his wife Jennifer of Berlin, MA. He is also survived by his four grandchildren, Noah J. Black, Allyson T. Black, Jared D. Black, Alexander G. Black and his dog Amber along with many nieces and nephews. He was the brother of George B. Black, Jr., Janette B. Kroenke, Louise H. Yarnall, Elizabeth A. Black, and of the late Helen P. Black.
Calling hours will be held on Thursday, October 19 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at Tighe Hamilton Regional Funeral Home. A funeral service and celebration of J.’s life will be held on Friday, October 20 at 11 a.m. in the Tighe-Hamilton Funeral Home, Inc. 50 Central Street, Hudson, MA 01749. Burial will follow in West Cemetery, Bolton. A luncheon will be held at Clintons Bar & Grille, Clinton, MA from 1 – 3 p.m. followed by a celebration of life reception at the home of Chris and Jennifer Black.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of J. may be made to: K9s for Warriors, Wounded Warriors, and Tunnels to Towers.