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J. Norman Black

December 12, 1926 ~ April 14, 2018 (age 91)

J. Norman Black, 91, of Auburn passed away peacefully Saturday, April 14, 2018, following a brief illness.

He was a native of Port Byron, the son of Dwayne and Florence Black. Norm graduated from Port Byron High School and Clemson University, earning a degree in civil engineering. He was employed by various construction firms, and fully enjoyed more than 60 years with William A. Bouley Construction, mostly as an estimator and former superintendent. He was a World War II Army veteran, having served our country honorably. Norm was an avid golfer and a sports fan to several basketball and baseball teams. One of Norm's most rewarding pastimes was woodworking, having designed and built many different kinds of furniture and toys. He served as a member of the Owasco Zoning Board of Appeals and former member and usher at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Auburn. He took an active, personal interest in his community. Norm had a spontaneous sense of humor and will be sadly missed by many who have known and loved him.

He is survived by his loving wife and lifelong best friend, Ruth Smith Black, married 55 years, a brother Ralph (Mavis), two sisters Barbara and Agnes (Ed) Turner and several close nieces, nephews and colleagues.

In addition to his parents, Norm was predeceased by a sister.

Calling hours will be held Wednesday afternoon from 4 to 6 p.m., with a service to begin during the calling hours at 5:30 p.m., all at the Pettigrass Funeral Home, 196 Genesee St., Auburn. Burial will be held privately Thursday in Soule Cemetery.

Donations may be made in Norm's memory to Owasco Fire Department, 7174 Owasco Rd., Auburn, or to the S.P.C.A., 41 York St., Auburn.

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