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BARBERTON -- Roger Taylor Black, owner of Barberton Radiator and Barberton Transmission, died Thursday, January 10, 2008.

He died peacefully surrounded by family and friends at the home of his very dear friends, Irvin (Foozer) and Connie Trischan.

He was preceded in death by his father, Taylor Black; nephew, Taylor Bray; and niece, Wanda Bray. He is survived by his mother, Helen (John) Krizovski of Barberton; brother, Donald Black of Tucson, Arizona; sisters, Janice Snyder of Barberton, Madeline Black of Akron; stepmother, Gay Black of Barberton; close loyal friend and cousin, Joe Walker; longtime friends, Hodge, Lee Chesmire, and Janet Parker; other relatives and countless friends.

Roger was born in Barberton, Ohio, May 2, 1947, second of four children and eldest son to Taylor and Helen Black. At an early age, Roger acquired a love for cars. When he was 14 he was already competing in the ``IHRA," Super Stock division, driving the Knafel Pontiac Firebird. Then in the early 70's, he moved up to drive for Arlen Vanke, in the ``Akron Arlen's" B/MP ``Cuda," where Roger ranked 10th above his class standard. Then Roger changed the pace, and tried his hand racing drag bikes. He set some records, won some races, then wrapped it up within two years. In the mid 80's he started Roger Black Enterprises, a business building Late Model Stock Cars, with the help of Joe Walker, Ron Sense, and John Dillon. But Roger's final resting place came when he found a home with Harold and Diane McCready, Bob Lawlis, and Irvin (Foozer) Trischan racing the #29 McCready/Black Late Model. For the past 20 years they competed in ASA, Hooters Cup, All Pro, and The Main Event Racing Series. Roger won championships, and won on almost every track he has raced on. He was voted most popular driver on more than on occasion.

Roger was honest, kind, understanding, thoughtful, sensitive, fun, and everyone's friend. He was not perfect as none of us are, but he was special. It is with a lump in the throat that we say goodbye to someone that had the most giving heart of any angel. While Roger retired from racing about a half dozen years ago, it seems like only yesterday that this likeable Late Model star was doing battle with the best in the country. Truly the good will ambassador of Late Model drivers, Roger seemed always on the bright side, even at times when you knew he suffered a tough loss. Without Roger, our hearts are broken, and our tears endless, but our memories and joys are unmeasurable. We have lost one of our best friends ever...gone...but not forgotten...And now too, the ``Red Creek Rocket" has come to rest... Gone Racin

Funeral service will be held Monday, 11 a.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home, 566 W. Park Avenue, Barberton 44203, with Pastor Dave Hale officiating. Burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Visitation Sunday, 3 to 8 p.m. (Campfield-Hickman-Collier, 330-745-3161)

Published in Akron Beacon Journal from Jan. 12 to Jan. 13, 2008
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