Robert N. Black

August 15, 1935 ~ February 12, 2020 (age 84)


Robert “Bob” Black passed away on Feb. 12, 2020 with his wife of 65 years, Mary Ann and daughters by his side at his home in Danville, CA.

He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on August 15, 1935 to Grace A. Black and DeLoy K. Black. He graduated from West High School in 1953. He worked as a heating and cooling asbestos engineer on numerous jobs throughout the Western States. In 1969, he joined Harman Management Corporation (Kentucky Fried Chicken) and relocated, moving his family to San Jose, California. Bob worked in many different locations within the company and was very successful. He made life-long friendships along the way.

In 2004, after 35 years Bob retired. He and Mary Ann traveled extensively to many foreign countries and tours of the United States. They visited Hawaii often.

Bob was a member of Crow Canyon Country Club where he joined his friends, “The Old Crows” weekly for tennis. He made a great bunch of friends there.

Bob was preceded in death by his son Robert. He is survived by his wife Mary Ann, daughters Christine Gunnell, son-in-law Don, Carolyn, grand-daughters Amanda Grace Black, Anne Maria Black, Kelly Gunnell Stouffer, (husband Josh Stouffer) and great grandchildren Rebecca and Sebastian.

He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Sally Garner, husband Bruce, Susan Goodwin and his siblings, Janna Tobias, Richard Black and Betty Lamb, as well as numerous nieces and nephews he was very close to.

Bob was a people person. He cared deeply about the well being of others. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to support those in need. He never hesitated to believe in your dreams. Bob cherished his family, especially his wife, Mary Ann. His bright smile and humor will be missed. Bob would want you to remember to always do good deeds in the world and to “keep smiling”.

An Open House Celebration of Bob’s life will be held on Sat. March 7, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm at his home.

The family wants to convey a special thank you to Bob’s caregivers, Roger Maher, Ne Ne Marshall, Jing Perfecto, and Ken Gonda. Especially Roger, and Ne Ne.

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