Paul R. Black

February 18, 1932April 4, 2013

LISBON: In the early morn of April 4, 2013, Paul R. Black passed away peacefully at home with his beloved wife at his side. He was born and educated in Pittsburg, Pa. At the age of 17 he joined the US Coast Guard and proudly served his country for 20 years. On February 18, 1952 he earned the USCG Silver Life-Saving Medal for heroic action, engaged in the rescue of survivors of the tanker SS Fort Mercer off the coast of Cape Cod in the midst of an epic storm. A true family man, Paul cherished his ever-growing family, valuing time spent with children and grandchildren above everything else. He was the proud patriarch of three generations, and is highly regarded by each of his offspring as thoughtful, wise, fun and caring. He famously hosted a multitude of rambunctious family outings, including baseball games, vacations and weekly get togethers; his holiday parties are legendary! Paul’s guidance, understanding and generosity defines this kind man whose family was his greatest achievement - and whose boundless love is his legacy. In addition to his cherished wife Claire, whom he married on February 18,1972, he is survived by their 5 daughters: Debbie and Steve Daggett of Sabattus, Bonny and Kevin Hartnett of Tucson Arizona, Karen Smith of Leeds, Carol and Roger Levesque of Durham and Louann and Marc Bisson of Sabattus. He is also survived by l5 grandchildren and l6 great grandchildren. You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories of Paul through his online guest book at Also, the family would like to invite you to view Paul’s WCSH interview on Crosman Funeral Home’s facebook page. There is a link on the page to the video. A celebration of Paul's life will be held on Wednesday April 10th at 1:00pm at the Shiloh Chapel, Beulah Lane, Durham Me. Those wishing, in lieu of flowers, may make a charitable contribution in Paul’s memory to the Wounded Warriors Project at


  • Memorial Service Wednesday, April 10, 2013

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Bob Spear

March 11, 2014

My condolences to the family of Paul Black. He is a shining example of what it means to serve your country. May he rest in peace.

jane graziano

April 11, 2013

My sincere condolences on your loss. Paul was such a nice man. He will be remembered fondly.

Chief Petty Officer Nathan Purinton

April 10, 2013

A Coastie has crossed the bar and gone to sea, that is how we in the Coast Guard recognize our members that have passed. Paul achieved heroic actions that attribute to the man he was. 61 years ago his ship, the Cutter Yakutat responded to the M/V Fort Mercer that had been split in two during a brutal Nor'easter . With the ship split in two pieces and many failed attempts buy the Cutter to rescue her crew they launched their small boat manned by Paul as the engineer and three others to go to work. 32 lives were save that day off Cape Cod and without the courage and selfless acts by Paul and his crew they would have perished. For his actions Paul was awarded the Silver Lifesaving Medal. This is one of the Coast Guards highest honors. His actions are a lesson for all men that take to the sea, he was a true hero and we honor him then and today. Fair winds and following seas Paul, rest well for we have the watch.

Dan & Sue Robitaille

April 10, 2013

We are so sorry for your loss of Paul. What an inspiration it was to know him for the short time which we did. God Bless All.

emerson toyota

April 9, 2013

Everyone at Emerson Toyota would like to send our sincere sympathies. Paul will always be one of our favorite customers. He was a very good man and we know you will sorely miss him as will we.
Claire if you need ANYTHING AT ALL feel free to call there is always somebody here who can help out no matter what the situation. Everyone thought the world of Paul. From the gang at Emerson Toyota.

Pam Stevens -Viles

April 9, 2013

My heart goes out to the family so sorry for your loss

April 9, 2013

So Sorry for your families loss, my heart goes out to you all

Pam Stevens Viles

April 9, 2013

Dear Claire and family, we are so sorry for your loss. Paul was such a great guy. He was a terrific friend to Joe and Margie for so many years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Paul & Guylaine Fillion ( Harpswell)

Mary Graziano Richard

April 8, 2013

Death leaves a heartache nobody can heal, Love leaves a memory nobody can steal.
Rest in Peace Paul.
We will miss you!

With Love
The Graziano Family.

Beatrice Daggett

April 8, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss, Claire, Debbie, Bonny, Karen, Carol, Louann, and all your families. I will miss his wit & humor at our Friday night dinners at Steve & Debbie's.