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Rev Wilbur Black

March 16, 1935 - June 30, 2019

Service Date: July 5, 2019

Funeral Home James Wilson Funeral Home

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11am in the James Wilson Funeral Home 143 Gravity Rd. Lake Ariel with Rev. Jeffrey Rarich, officiating.

Friends may call Wednesday from 4-7pm.

There will be no calling hours on Thursday.

Interment, Fairview Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Salem Community Church Memorial Fund, care of Jane Peet 1117 Lake Henry Rd. Lake Ariel PA, 18436 or Maplewood Fire and Rescue Company PO Box 527 Lake Ariel , PA 18436

Rev. Wilbur Black, Maplewood, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday evening in the St. Mary’s Villa with the love of his life his wife of 52 years Carolyn Black by his side. and youngest sister Bean Bean . The couple was married July 1, 1967.

Born 1935 in Lake Ariel, he was the son of the Leonard J. and Ruth Pelham Black. He was educated in and a graduate of the Lake Consolidated School. He was a man of great strength and fortitude evidence of which is his being a five time cancer survivor.
A man of deep religious faith Wilbur followed his calling to the Wessley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC to obtain his orders to become a minister in the United Methodist Church. He then became a minister in the Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Church. During his time in ministry he served seventeen different churches in the area including Equinunk, West Nicholson and Maplewood. He was currently a member of the Salem Community Church, Hamlin.

Reverend Black had a deep desire to serve his community and was an active member of the Maplewood Fire and Rescue Company since 1967 where he served as an Assistant Chief, a two time President and with the Fire Police. He also served the community six years as an EMT and fifteen years with Maplewood Volunteer Ambulance. During his training to be an EMT he was a member of the first EMT Class at the Honesdale Hospital.

Wilbur was an amazing father involved in all his kids activities from being Scout Leader to baseball coach and always present at softball games, football games, basketball games , baseball games or any activity they were involved in. He was very in love with Carolyn up to his last days when he replaced her engagement ring 4 days before going to be with the Lord.

Also surviving are son Michael and his wife Laurie of Jefferson Twp.; daughter Amy Mazak and husband Mark of Rehoboth Beach, DE; sisters Rev. Ruth Hollister and husband Harold of Waynesboro, Juanita Pugh and husband Allan of Lake Ariel and Vivian Bartlow of Duryea; brothers Virgil and wife Faye of Star, MS, Paul and wife Judy of Jefferson Twp. and Brian Black of Lake Ariel; beloved grandchildren USAR Sgt. Preston Klinkiewicz, Cole Samson and Julia Black; nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a brother Roger Black.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 11am in the James Wilson Funeral Home 143 Gravity Rd. Lake Ariel with Rev. Jeffrey Rarich, officiating.

Friends may call Wednesday from 4-7pm.

There will be no calling hours on Thursday.

Interment, Fairview Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Salem Community Church Memorial Fund, care of Jane Peet 1117 Lake Henry Rd. Lake Ariel PA, 18436 or Maplewood Fire and Rescue Company PO Box 527 Lake Ariel , PA 18436

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