Donald B. Black

June 10, 1917January 17, 2013

Donald B. Black, age 95, of Fall River died Thursday, January 17, 2013 at his residence. Born in Fall River, a son of the late William J. and Bridget T. (Keenan) Black, he was a lifelong resident of the city and a graduate of B.M.C. Durfee High School, Class of 1934.

Mr. Black worked as a pipefitter for the Newport Naval Base for 34 years, retiring in 1974 and was a communicant of Sacred Heart Church for over 50 years where he was a lector, altar server and a recipient of the Marion Medal presented by Bishop Daniel A. Cronin. He was also a Eucharistic Minister at his church and at Charlton Memorial Hospital and received the “Top Hat” award from St. Vincent de Paul Society. A United States Navy Veteran, he served during World War II and was a member of the VFW St. Joseph Francis Post. He was a founding member of the KOC Father Francis Council #15405 and was the oldest active participant at the Boys and Girls Club.

He is survived by his sister; Agnes Black of Somerset and several nieces and nephews. He was brother of the late William K., Raymond T., Francis R., and David G. Black.

His Funeral will be held Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 8:00AM from the WARING-SULLIVAN HOME OF MEMORIAL TRIBUTE at CHERRY PLACE, 178 Winter St. Fall River, followed by a Funeral Mass at 9:00AM in Sacred Heart Church, Linden St., Fall River. Visiting hours Monday from 4:00PM to 7:00PM. Contributions in his honor may be made to the Sacred Heart Church, 160 Seabury St., Fall River, MA 02720. Burial in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Fall River.



  • Visitation Monday, January 21, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, January 22, 2013


  • Burial

Donald B. Black

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April 20, 2013

Donald was a regular at my work who always enjoyed clam cakes and chowder. I'm deeply saddened hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with him today.

Stephanie Faria

January 22, 2013

Mr. Black was my families neighbor for many years. When I was a little girl I would always ask him a million questions, and with all the patience of the world he would answer every single one with all sincerity and kindness. You will be missed Mr. Black, I'm sure you have a special place in heaven.

raymond girard

January 19, 2013

It was an honor and privilege to have known and worked with Donald.He was a true gentleman besides being a gentle man.A life well lived he now rests with the angels.May God hold you in the palm of His hand my friend.I know you are at peace.

CJ Ferry

January 19, 2013

Donald was a great man and very active. When he helped to found the Knights of Columbus at Sacred Heart, it was a pleasure to see him and talk with him. I don't think I ever saw him miss a mass. My prayers are with you and your family.

Geraldine Holewiak

January 18, 2013

So sorry to hear of Don's passing. He worked with my late husband at the Naval Base. My husband spoke very highly of him. Thoughts and prayers are with his friends and family.