William Black
Black, William APPLE VALLEY, Minn. William "Bill" Black passed away peacefully at Augustana Care in Apple Valley, Minn. on March 7, 2018, after a long illness. He was 86. Bill was born in Wood River, Ill. He spent two proud years in the U.S. Marine Corps, after which he obtained an engineering degree at the University of Illinois. After several jobs he began a career with the V.A. as a professional engineer, mostly in New York. He then began a successful second career with New York State as a safety engineer. In his spare time, Bill enjoyed his time at the American Legion Zaloga Post (serving as post commander, and calling bingo), taking care of his family, avidly reading and watching old movies; he could quote them all! He was a resident of Albany and Averill Park prior to a 2017 relocation to Minnesota. Bill was preceded in death by his loving wife Sylvia; cancer fighting daughter Maryanne; brothers, Robert, Jack, and Jim; and his parents, James and Edna. He is survived by his son David; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Bill will be laid to rest in the Fort Snelling National Cemetery (Minnesota) with his wife in a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcome to Augustana Care (http://augustanacare.org/donate-and-advocate) for their compassion.

Published by Albany Times Union on Mar. 11, 2018.
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David and your entire family-please accept my sincere sympathy on the loss of your Father/Grandfather. Bill was a good man- we worked at Labor together back in the 1990's. I enjoyed talking with him about the Marines, talking about all the great old movies from the 30s/40syou are correct, he knew them all and knew all kinds of things about the greats-Jimmy Stewart, Claudette Colbert, etc. etc. I learned a lot from your Father about many things. I missed him when he retired in 1999, but we talked on the phone many times after. These last years we've lost touch but I always would have fond memories when I thought about Engineering. He was the expert on scaffolding! May his memory be eternal to all of his family. My sympathy to you also on the passing of your sister, Maryann. He always talked about you both and was very proud.
ZIna Smith
March 11, 2018
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