1985 - 2021
Knight Funeral Home - White River Junction
903 Hartford Ave
White River Junction, VT
BLACK, Wesley W. US Army Sgt. Wesley W. Black died on Nov. 7, 2021, surrounded by his loved ones at home. He was born to Norine and Dustin Black on July 7, 1985. After he graduated from Malden Catholic High School he enrolled in Norwich University and enlisted into the 3rd Battalion of the 172nd (Mountain) Regiment for the Vermont Army National Guard. Wesley was deployed to Ramadi, Iraq in January 2005 for an extended tour and served his country as a rifleman and Humvee Turret Gunner. Upon returning home to Vermont, Wesley worked at the Army Mountain Warfare School in Jericho, VT where he earned his basic and advanced military mountaineer qualifications, graduated sniper school and completed his basic non-commissioned officer course. He later served a 3rd tour of duty in Afghanistan and then returned to Vermont to serve in the Vermont National Guard and met his future wife, Laura Kilgannon. Wesley graduated with an A.A. in Liberal Arts in 2014, and in the Spring of 2016 he and his wife welcomed their beautiful boy Ronan into the world. In February of 2017, Wesley was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer with metastasis to his liver after years of undiagnosed symptoms. With a newborn and a new career as a Firefighter/AEMT with the Hartford, VT Fire Department (Local 2905), Wes proceeded to do what no one else could fathom: He fought. He continued to work for the Fire Department on his off weeks of chemo. Wesley worked hard to get VT Senate Bill S111 passed. The Bill raises awareness to the long-term effects on our veterans like him that suffered as a result of exposure to the open-air burn pits that are being used by the United States Armed Forces overseas. Wesley volunteered as a guide for the Wounded Warriors in Action organization and was recognized with a Naval Unit Citation from the Marine Corps. He educated NATO allies in Macedonia and worked with Inuit guides in Baffin Bay, Canada on Arctic training. Wesley received the Meritorious Service Medal, the Bronze Star with Valor, two Purple Hearts and the Army Commendation with Valor among countless other accolades. Wesley is survived by his wife Laura and son Ronan, as well as his parents Dustin and Norine and brother Alex and sister-in-law Megan, along with their children. Calling Hours will be held at Knight Funeral Home in WHITE RIVER JUNCTION on Saturday, November 13, 2021, from 1 pm - 3 pm and 5 pm - 7 pm. A Funeral Service will be held at the Hartford High School on Sunday, November 14, 2021, at 12 pm. Interment will be private. Online condolences are appreciated at www.knightfuneralhomes.com and memorial contributions can be made to Our Heroes Fund.

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Calling hours
1:00p.m. - 3:00p.m.
Knight Funeral Home - White River Junction
903 Hartford Ave PO Box 38, White River Junction, VT
Calling hours
5:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Knight Funeral Home - White River Junction
903 Hartford Ave PO Box 38, White River Junction, VT
Funeral service
Hartford High School
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Knight Funeral Home - White River Junction
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Dear Family of Wesley, I did not know this courageous young man, but was moved by his story. If he didn't follow our motto, I will try, I do not know who has. May God give you comfort and Wesley rest in peace. You are in my prayers. Gary Viera '85
Gary Viera '85 p'17
December 13, 2021
Nana Ruthie
November 20, 2021
November 17, 2021
Norine, I am so sorry to hear the loss of your son. I am holding you and your family in my heart and prayers.
Sylvia McEwen
November 15, 2021
My sincere condolences to Wesley's family and friends. This is a loss felt deeply here in Hartford and will be remembered in Vermont's and our nation's history.
State Representative Becca White
November 14, 2021
There are just no words - Wesley fought a brave fight right to the end - a true hero. My heart is broken for the Black family as you go this great loss, son, husband, father. Fly high Wesley - you will not be forgotten.
Mary & John Johansson
November 12, 2021
So sorry for your loss my thoughts are with you
Phyllis Lennerton
November 10, 2021
Condolences to the family of Sgt. Black. He was an exemplary soldier, leader, public servant who has been called home much to young. Thank you SGT. Black for your service to our country. Rest in Peace. Prayers for your loved ones.
Kathy Driscoll
November 10, 2021
I would like to offer my sincere condolences for the loss of Wesley. He was an impressive young man with whom I enjoyed working as his school counselor at Malden Catholic H.S. May God grant eternal rest to his soul and provide some consolation to his family and friends in their time of grief.
Brother Daniel T. Cremin, C. F. X.
November 10, 2021
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