Barney C Black

October 17, 1948July 29, 2015
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Barney C Black, Champion-at-Large

Barney C Black passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 29, 2015 after a valiant battle against his ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). His most recent job titles

included in reverse order: Senior Systems Engineer, Principal Engineer, Engineering Supervisor, and Sales Engineer. Job titles from the beginning included

TV repairman, low-cost housing renovator, diving manager, nondestructive tester of nuclear submarines, and aluminum siding salesman. However, the title

he loved most of all was Champion-at-Large for the Integrated Product Teams of the US Coast Guard’s failed Deepwater Project. Hobbies included Vietnam

War protestor, SCUBA diver, and Kindle reader. Barney also served on the Board of Directors of the International Hydrofoil Society and both published its

newsletter and maintained its website. Barney’s lifelong motto is: Semper Cogitans -- Nil Amplius Solvendum (Always Thinking – No Extra Charge). He is

survived by his wife and two sons; Helena C Black, Robert J. Black, and R. Terry Black; and remembered fondly by his brother and sister, John R. Black and

Nancy Dillard. Finally, this from beyond the grave: “This is Barney Black. I approved this obituary.”


  • Visitation/Reception Saturday, August 1, 2015

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Roxi Dillon

August 29, 2015

Dear Barney, es muy dificil pensar que ya no estas físicamente entre nosotros, pero estarás por siempre en nuestras Mentes y en nuestros Corazones. Fuiste como un hermano más del Clan Dillon, y el Amor entre tu y Helen fue como un cuento de Hadas, con 2 hijos profesionales, listos para enfrentarse a la vida. Te extrañamos todos los dias y pedimos a Dios ke estes en su Gloria.

Joan Lang

August 20, 2015

I so enjoyed working with Barney on the Deepwater program. We worked in the same section so we talked every day. I appreciated his wry humor particularly when "the management" made one of those decisions. He was so intelligent. Helena, I am so sorry for you and your sons. I remember the times you had me over to dinner and gave me tickets for the Kennedy Ctr when you couldn't use them. Having lost my mother to ALS, I know the devastation that occurs. My prayers are with you and your sons.

Beverly McAnulty

August 9, 2015

Helena, John, and Terry, you guys already know Barney was the greatest. Just thinking of Barney can make me smile although right now it makes me cry because I can not believe he is gone. I have the fondest memories of him from when I first met him in the mid-70's. He was one of those people who just connected. One of my best memories is how he truly honored friendship. When we both lived in Chesapeake he walked in my house one day and opened the cabinets saying, "What we got to eat?" I don't remember what we ate, but I do remember afterward he just laid down on the couch and took a nap. His ease , his humor, his everything always warmed my heart and made me feel special. May God bless you and comfort you. I am so sorry.
Beverly McAnulty

Joel Dexter

August 6, 2015

Your "outlaws" as you called us, since we were no longer brothers and sisters in-law, will miss you. Our thoughts are with Helena and your sons.

Carlos V Calderon

August 4, 2015

I had the pleasure to meet Barney, wonderful person married to one of my best friends Helena. All my love to his family on these times of sorrow.

Rich and Carol Owens/West

August 4, 2015

Our thoughts and best wishes go to Helena, Robert, John, and all the family and friends. We'll miss Barney greatly, but relish our many memories of him (e.g., "Wash, wash, wash in New Blue Cheer"....).

Rich and Carol

Vivian y Fabio Guzman

August 1, 2015

Adiós Barney

Adiós Barney

Vivian Saladin de Guzman


Para: Helena C Black

Querida Helena:

Demás está decirte que estamos desconsolados por la muerte de Barney. Aunque sabíamos que no estaría con nosotros por mucho tiempo más, cuando finalmente se nos ha ido, nos ha conmovido como si hubiese ocurrido de sorpresa. Pensamos que cuando un gran amigo como Barney nos deja, se lleva una parte de nosotros consigo.

Nos consuela que haya muerto como vivió: tranquilo, oyendo su música favorita, rodeado de sus seres queridos y, de seguro, recordando, con su acostumbrado aire de nostálgica ironía, todas las vivencias felices de sus 66 años.

Recordaremos a Barney siempre como el gran amigo, el buen hombre, el ser humano excepcional que no hizo mal a nadie, sino que derramó buen humor por doquier. Con él tuvimos la dicha de compartir muchas de las mejores experiencias de la vida.

Nos despedimos de tí con un abrazo de confraternidad, cariño e idenficación contigo, tus hijos y toda la familia. Esperamos verte pronto.

Recibe un abrazo grande y fuerte de tus amigos de siempre,

Vivian, Fabio e hijos

Vivian y Fabio Guzman

August 1, 2015

Cuando un amigo se va ...

Parks Freeze

July 31, 2015

Well said.
Parks Freeze "66