It is with profound sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Reace Roy Black, at home, in Canaan Forks on September 20, 2021, at the age of 68. Born in Cherryvale, NB, he was the son of the late Vaughan (1979) and Amy (Paterson) Black (2004).
Reace was an enthusiastic outdoorsman. He loved being in the woods, cutting wood, 4-wheeling and walking to discover the next best hunting spot. Moose hunting was definitely his favorite! He shared the intense energy and excitement that one gets when they get their moose license. Deer hunting and building a plastic camp in the woods - they called that the "Deer Knoll." He was always especially proud of his large vegetable garden, and was incredibly generous to share with everyone who knew him. He loved to fish the various rivers throughout NB and especially enjoyed the company of many, in a nearby brook, or down across the meadow and fishing on the Canaan River, with grandkids, nieces, nephews and friends. He enjoyed good country music, his favorite hymns, and loved to sing; especially when someone visiting opened their guitar case. He lived a simple life and enjoyed it. He loved helping people, his church family, neighbours, and his community, and always gave the BEST hugs!
Reace retired from NBTel / Aliant with 33 years of service. He was a lifetime member of the New Canaan United Baptist Church, which he loved so much. He was a member of the Havelock Sportsman Club, Canaan River Fish & Game Association, Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Canaan-Washademoak Watershed Association Inc., Havelock & Petitcodiac Sporting Clubs, Canaan River Recreation Council, the Telephone Pioneers of America, and the School District 2 School Board, amongst many others. He often spoke of Electro-Fishing Projects and participated in research projects with the University of NB. He held various leadership roles within these groups over the years.
Reace will be dearly missed by his wife, Sandra Black, daughter Trudy Jameson (Courtenay) and son Damon Black (Brandy Dunn), both of Salisbury; Sisters Gwendolyn Keith (late Harley) of Salisbury; Marie Keith (late Walton) of Havelock; Myrna MacLeod (Stuart) of Havelock; Beatrice Scribner (Clifford) of Salisbury; Alta Tait (Robert) of Sussex; Clara Boyd (Ronald) of Long Creek; four step-children Sean Morton (Cathy), Troy Morton, Ross Morton (Krista Bennett) and Richard Morton; five grandchildren Garrett, Brookelyn, Shae Lee, Nhyia and Halle; the mother of his children Kathleen Giles; several nieces, nephews and friends; as well as his special companion, Tess.
Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Wendall Black (Janet), sisters Norma Ross (Doug), and Velma Black.
Arrangements are under the professional care of Salisbury Funeral Home (372-4800) with visiting Sunday, September 26 from 5 pm - 8 pm. A funeral service will be held on Monday, September 27 at 1 pm, with Dave McPherson officiating. Covid-19 restrictions in place. A web-link to livestream the service Monday, September 27 at 1 pm will appear on the funeral home website.
If desired, donations in memory of Reace to the New Canaan United Baptist Church would be appreciated by the family.
Please click here to view our Facebook page, where the Service will be livestreamed on Monday, September 27, 2021 at 1 pm.