Oscar J. "Buddy" Black

May 2, 1939July 18, 2013
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Oscar J. “Buddy” Black, 74, of 10 Liberty Lane, Keene, NH died at the Cheshire Medical Center-Dartmouth Hitchcock, Keene on Thursday morning, July 18, 2013 after a period of failing health.

He was born in Keene, NH on May 2, 1939 the son of Oscar P. and Tatiana A. (Bartashevich) Black.

Oscar was a lifelong resident of Keene, attended Keene Schools and was a 1957 graduate of Keene High School where he excelled in all three sports programs. He was the recipient of the Sharby Trophy. He served with the US Army in Vietnam from 1961 until 1964.

Oscar was a valued and hard working employee and served the City of Keene for 39 years, most recently as the assistant director of the Public Works Department. He was a member of the Parish of the Holy Spirit and was a communicant at St. Bernard’s Church. He was a life member of the Daley-Whipple VFW Post 799 in Keene.

Oscar married the love of his life, Judy L. Quinn on July 20, 1968 and they would have celebrated their forty-fifth wedding anniversary on Saturday.

One of Oscar’s greatest joys was spending time with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time with Judy at their winter home in Kissimmee, FL.

He also enjoyed camping, softball, golf, the casino and “Sparkle”.

He is survived by his wife, Judy L. (Quinn) Black of Keene; three daughters; Terri Johnson and her husband Tom of Keene, Brenda Shelley and her husband David of Westmoreland, NH and Robin Cantara and her husband Steve of Gilsum, NH; seven grandchildren; Sarah Johnson, Michael Johnson, Joshua Johnson, Brian Johnson, C.J. Shelley, Spike Shelley and Rebecca Reed; two great-grandchildren; Ava Johnson, Mason Johnson, and his newest great-grandson, Kevin Arlen who will be joining the family on July 27th. Oscar is also survived by an uncle and several cousins.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated in St. Bernard’s Church, 185 Main Street, Keene on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Steven M. Kucharski, Associate Pastor will be the celebrant. Burial will be at a later date. Family and friends are invited to call at the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene on Sunday July 21st from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions be made in Oscar’s name to the Community Kitchen, PO Box 1315, Keene, NH 03431 or to the Kingsbury Center for Cancer Care, Patient Relief Fund, 580 Court Street, Keene, NH 03431.


  • Visitation Sunday, July 21, 2013
  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, July 22, 2013

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Jane and Bernie Rokes

August 9, 2013

We'll miss him.........................especially seeing him with his Judy.

Dave Aho

July 29, 2013

Judy and girls . . . I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. 1968 seems like only yesterday and your dating years before that but time goes by so quickly and all earthly things come to an end as I've come to have to admit in my own physical frailties. Buddy was a good man whom I admired tremendously for the nearly half century that I knew him. Did he ever say anything bad about anyone, ever? I doubt it!

May God keep and comfort you all in these hard days and may you live in the lively hope of an eternal reunion with your beloved Buddy . . . ! Love and Peace . . .

Kyle Gunnell

July 23, 2013

To Judy,David,Brenda and Family,
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Oscar. He was a great man and will truly be missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

Kim Coppo

July 22, 2013

Judy - We are so sorry to hear of Buddy's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this sorrowful time.

Dave McGuigan

July 22, 2013

Judy and family - I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I fondly remember Buddy as an easy going & fun gentleman and I am so sorry that I hadn't spent more time with him or with all of you!! Please know that I am always thinking of all of you but especially during this very sad time! You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Kim Sevigny

July 22, 2013

Oh goodness, Judy - I am sooo very sorry for the passing of your beloved husband! I loved Oscar! He could light up a room and the two of you were such a match made in heaven! I LOVED, LOVED arranging your travel way back when! You are in my prayers Judy and Lord knows Oscar is in heaven making someone laugh! Will be praying for you and your family! xo Kim Sevigny

Cricket Johnson

July 21, 2013

Judy & family, you are all in my prayers and thoughts. I am so sorry for the loss of your husband & father. May God's love help you through this stressful time and may your tears over time become smiles as you remember the good times you shared with him.

Ann (Sis) Morse

July 21, 2013

Judy and Girls So sorry to hear the news. I have lots of memories of our families together. Just remember he is watching all of us and saying funny things about us. Hugs to all of you.

Lisa Gibbs (pitzl)

July 21, 2013

Judy and family. I still remember being a little girl and hanging out with your girls while "the boys" hung out. In my thoughts and prayers. Love to all.

Connie Lacasse

July 21, 2013

Judy and the family - we are so very sorry to hear of Buddy's passing - I know he fought hard and you were there to help. Thanks for all the memories and the good years, Bud. Rest in Peace and we know you are in good hands with your folks by your side now. We will always love you. Connie & Gerry Lacasse and families