The family is saddened to advise of the passing of John Joseph Barnabas Black, age 85, of Matilda Street in Whitney Pier on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Harbourstone Enhanced Care, Sydney.
Barney was predeceased by his parents, Rod and Mary Black, brother, Roddie ‘Brother’ Black and his former wife, Geraldine (Hogan) Black.
Barney is survived by his sister, Carmel, Truro, sister-in-law, Mary (Roddie), Sydney; brothers, Frank (Donna), Grindstone, Manitoba, Paul (Kaye), Ben Eoin, Joe (Lillie), Regina, Saskatchewan; as well as many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and by special friend, Marie Burke, Mira.
Barney was a longtime employee of Eastern Light & Power Ltd. and Nova Scotia Power Corp., first as a Lineman and then, after 40 years, finishing his career as a Regional Superintendent. He loved his work and loved to work. After retirement, he made it his mission to help friends and neighbours by repairing their vehicles, assisting with home maintenance and repairs, and generally making himself useful in the community. Barney and his iconic blue, half-ton Chev truck were fixtures in Whitney Pier. His truck could be seen plying Sydney’s roads as he lent a helping hand to whoever needed it. His many good deeds were appreciated by neighbours, friends and strangers. Barney was a frequent visitor to the Pier Tim Horton’s where he helped sort out many of the world’s problems and where he will be missed and fondly remembered by his many friends and acquaintances. Barney was a well-known, well-liked and well-respected member of the Whitney Pier community, often straying outside of the Pier to visit his favourite eating establishments Simeon’s and Kay’s Kozy Korner in Sydney and Mickey D’s in New Waterford.
Barney’s diagnosis with dementia in late 2015 dealt a devastating blow to him and severely impacted his mobility, independence and lifestyle. He struggled in the last years of his life with this dreadful disease which afflicts so many Cape Breton families.
The disease progressed quickly and relentlessly in the past four years. His death is a release from the grips of this unforgiving disease and his journey into the afterlife is a blessing. The family thanks the loyal friends who visited him on a regular basis. Your visits meant a great deal to Barney. The family also thanks the caregivers at Harbourstone. A special thank you to the staff of Levatte’s Lane for the quality of the care they gave to our brother, Barney
Visitation for the late Barney Black will be held on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at the Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) from 4-7 p.m. Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Monday, July 29, 2019 at 10 a.m. in Holy Redeemer Church, Whitney Pier, with Fr. Paul Murphy officiating.
Following the Mass, a reception will be held at the Pier Community Funeral Home.
Interment will take place in Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks with his parents.
Donations in memory of Barney may be made to the Holy Redeemer Building Fund or to a charity of your choice.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
So sorry to hear of Barneys passing.He was a good & kind man.
From: Carol & Ken Williston
Carmel and family, we are very sorry for your loss. Barney was a great friend and neighbour on Matilda St. My mom (Jean) would often give me updates on how he was doing. It must be a comfort that he is at peace. We are keeping Barney and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
From: Patricia (Murphy), Brian and Emily Globe
Paul and family
Sorry to read of your brother’s passing. From the lovely obituary, it would seem that he is now free to meet old and new friends with his former personal vivacity.
From: Dennis & Carol MacDonald
CARMEL: YOU ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS
From: BETTY & WALTER
Please except my deepest condolences on John’s passing. He was one of the BEST. Stand-up Dude in every way. Never had to worry How Barney would treat you . Always treated me the best. He worked , played & lived to the most . R.I.P. —FELLOW LINEMAN
From: David G. Holland
My deepest sympathy on learning of Barney’s passing. He was a fine man who will be missed. Sincerely Jim Sheppard (Victoria Mines)
From: Jim Sheppard
My deepest condolences to family and friends. Growing up on Topshee Dr. I remember Barney well. He will live in the hearts and minds of us all forever.
From: Bobbie (McAskill) Raoul
Joe and Family, my condolences to you and your family, I did not know your brother but enjoyed the stories you told. He is now at peace and may your memories be always thought of with love and smiles.
Barney is remembered for his kindness to so many my family included His sense of humor and keen intelligence was one of a kind.Our condolences. Donna Burke,Shannon Hogan MacDonald&Andrew MacDonald
To Paul and the Black family,
Recent sympathy on the loss of your brother. You are in our thoughts at this time.
Anne & Russell MacDonald
So sad to hear of Barney’s passing .He was a great friend of the Antlle family in particular my mom and my brother Jim who was a very dear friend..Barney will be missed greatly and our prayers and thoughts are with him and his family..
To john;s family ,our deepest sympathy, John and I were employees of NSP when it was publicly owned. Rest in peace John.
Barney will be missed and remembered forever by me and my family.. This is Britany, Glendas daughter.I have many fond memories of barney. Every year i could count on him to help me sell my chocolate bars in the yard and garage, Countless times he helped my mom my sisters and I .. He was a great man. He was like a grandpa to me and I was the grand daughter he didnt have <3 always .. xoxoxoxo rest in paradise barney
Carmel and family,
Thinking of you at this difficult time!
To Anyone to knew Barney. He was rough and gruff on the outside, always having a quick comeback in a blink of an eye. But just beneath that light veneer was the kindest, nicest person you could ever meet.
I met him through a family member and always kept a soft spot in my heart for him. Rest in peace Barney.
Warm thoughts and prayers to his family and friends.
Kay and Paul,so sorry for your loss. Sheila and Robert Johnston
So sorry for your loss I enjoyed his quick wit and smile.
John`s Family: The news of John`s death brought back many memories of our days at the Academy and of the way we began our careers at Eastern Light and Power. I read meters and John began on the LIne. At the time , I didn`t realize the we were related maybe that`s why we were friends (lol). I`m attaching a page from the year book which attests to his kindness. Our sincere condolences and prayers. John and Sheila MacKillop.