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Alfred J. Black

Wednesday, December 12, 2012 - Updated: 6:30 PM

November 29, 2012

Alfred J. Black, 69, of Hobart Road, Glenville, PA, and formerly of Amsterdam, NY passed away November 29, 2012 in Parrish, Florida.

Born in Amsterdam on March 21, 1943, he was the son of the late Alfred and Virginia Nolan Black. He was a graduate of St. Mary's Institute and attended Siena College. He served as a Deputy Sheriff for Montgomery County under Sheriffs' William S. Wert and Ronald Emery.

In 1967, he joined the 109th Tactical Airlift Group of the NYS Air National Guard in Scotia, NY. He rose to the rank of Senior Master Sergeant and was Supervisor of the Propulsion Shop until his retirement in 1998. During his career, he also held the rank of First Sergeant of Maintenance.

He was instrumental in creating and establishing the first Non-Commissioned Officers Preparatory Course ever offered in the New York Air National Guard and served as course manager. He also served as a member of the Color Guard.

He was a member of the Irish American Club Amsterdam, NY. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 14, the Allied Veterans Honor Guard and the BPOE #763, all of Hanover, PA.

Alfred is survived by his wife, Sharon Bishop Black, whom he married on March 15, 1967, daughters, Shannon (Joshua) Nelson, Syracuse, NY, Erin (Daniel) Vrankin, Glenville, PA, and Brenda (George) Umbrianna, Bridgewater, MA and grandchildren, Nolan Theodore, Emma, Sara and Anna Nelson, Katharine, Zachary, and Alexander Vrankin, Andrew and Delaney Umbrianna. Many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

Cremation was held at Manasota Crematory, Bradenton, Florida.

Calling hours will be held on Friday December 14th from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Riley Mortuary, Inc. 110 Division Street, Amsterdam, NY. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday at 9:15 a.m. at St. Mary's Church, 156 East Main Street, Amsterdam, NY.

Inurnment with full Military Honors will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Fort Johnson, NY.

Memorial gifts in Alfred's name may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas, 66675

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