William Jackson "Bill" Black
1935 - 2020
Minor Funeral and Cremation Center
237 Route 7 South
Milton, VT
William "Bill" Jackson Black

Milton - William "Bill" Jackson Black, 84, of Sanderson Road and Venice, Florida died Thursday, February 13, 2020 in the Venice Regional Bayfront Health Hospital.

Bill was born in Burlington, VT to Ray and Emily (Jackson) Black. He graduated from Burlington High School in 1953. He married Marilyn Towne on July 6, 1958. Bill served in the Vermont Army National Guard. He worked for Ladd Medical as a toolmaker for 25-years.

Bill was an avid baseball fan. His passion for little league baseball was evident when in 1954 at just 19 years old, he started a team known as the Milton Little League Hot Rods. Years later a group of over 20 of "Bill's Boys" gathered at the Milton Little League's Opening Day in May 2017 to honor its founder by dedicating the field to him.

In addition to baseball, Bill worshipped the Giants football team. He saw every game and proudly wore Giant insignia.

Bill was an expert woodworker and enjoyed creating projects with stained glass. Most of all, Bill loved hosting family dinners (his job was usually peeling pounds of potatoes and frying bacon for breakfast) along with Marilyn and always made his grandchildren laugh.

In addition to his wife Marilyn, he is survived by his daughter Deborah Smith and her husband Steve of Milton, his son Darryl Black and his wife Betsy

of Wells, ME and Nokomis, FL, by his grandchildren Danielle Bissonnette, Ethan Smith, Spencer Black and Olivia Black, and by his great grandchildren

Nora and Eden and by several nieces and nephews. Bill also leaves behind his sister-in-law, Gloria Geary, and brother-in-law's Gregory Towne and John Geary.

Donations in Bills Memory may be made to the Milton United Church or the Milton Little League.

Visiting hours will be on Thursday, February 20, from 4-7 PM at the Minor Funeral Home in Milton. A funeral service will take place on Friday, February 21 at 11:00 AM at the United Church of Milton.

For those who wish, online condolences may be made to www.minorfh.com

Published by The Burlington Free Press from Feb. 15 to Feb. 16, 2020.
4:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
Minor Funeral and Cremation Center
237 Route 7 South, Milton, VT
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My sincerest condolences to Marilyn and the entire Black family on Bill's passing. As one of Bill's original group of Baseball Boys, he organised a group of sandlot kids into Milton' s first Little League team. His leadership at that time formed a nucleus of boys that played sports together thru high school and beyond into life. This will never be forgotten, rest in peace Bill.
Bobby Dragon
February 17, 2020
I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to the Black family. So very sorry for your loss.
I will always remember his very funny sense of humor.
God bless.
Sue Gielen
February 16, 2020
Suzanne Gielen
February 16, 2020
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