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1931 Ted 2024

Theodore Davis Black

January 27, 1931 — February 11, 2024


Theodore "Ted" Davis Black (93 year old) of Sellersville PA died on Sunday, February 11, immediately after the Super Bowl. Born in a brick house in Albion, IN in 1931, Ted was the son of Davis and Esther Black. Ted was a Purdue graduate in Electrical Engineering and a drummer in the Purdue marching band. His first job out of college was with General Electric in Schenectady NY and Pittsfield MA, working on defense systems, finishing his career there 40 years later.

Appreciated for his signature sense of humor, he was master of the shaggy dog story (a long, rambling story or joke, typically one that is amusing only because it is absurdly inconsequential or pointless), Ted consistently produced guffaws from his audiences over the years, either because the stories were funny or due to the pain from having to listen to them...

Ted and his wife, Geraldine Fry, were married in the Niskayuna Reformed Church in NY in 1956, having met through a Schenectady Methodist Church Young Adult Fellowship group. They celebrated 62 years of marriage before Gerrie passed in 2018. They moved to Pittsfield, later Lenox MA, where they were active in the First Methodist Church of Pittsfield and alternately, the Church on the Hill in Lenox. Upon retirement to Clifton Park NY, they joined the Christ Community Reformed Church in Clifton Park NY. They always chose the churches with the best choirs!

Ted leaves behind a sister Pam Martin, daughter Janine Black and son-in-law Barry Arkles, several nephews, three grandchildren, and one great granddaughter. He will be buried in the family plot in the cemetery at the Niskayuna Reformed Church in NY.

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