ANDREW J. “Andy” BLACK

August 29, 2022

ANDREW J. “Andy” BLACK

Andrew J. “Andy” Black, a lifelong resident of Woburn and retired railroad foreman, died of cancer on August 29 at Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading.  He was 69.

Known universally as Andy, he was born on October 3, 1952 at Choate Memorial Hospital in Woburn to John J. Black Jr. and Clare Mary O’Rourke Black. He was the first son, and second of what would eventually be seven children who grew up on Houghton Street.

As a boy, he was an avid athlete memorialized in the Woburn Daily Times as one of the best players on his Pop Warner team despite being one of the smallest boys.  He was an altar boy at St. Charles Church and graduated from St. Charles Grammar School and Austin Preparatory School in Reading.

He worked for the railroad as a track foreman for most of his life through several owners from B & M and Amtrak to Keolis. After he retired, he worked part time as a bartender at the Sons of Italy.

He developed a passion for golf while working as a caddy as a teenager at the Winchester Country Club and kept up the sport throughout his life golfing at many area courses and traveling to Arizona to golf with his old friend David Rochon.

He was a voracious reader with a curious intellect and earned a reputation as a whiz at trivia. He read three newspapers cover to cover every day and devoured the weekly New Yorker magazine. He was an avid lifelong fan of the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox.

He was an active member of the Sons of Italy, the Towanda Club, the Irish American Club and the American Legion in Woburn. He ran the bowling league for some years at Towanda when he was younger.

He is survived by Susan Lanza of Woburn, his partner and companion for the last 24 years; five brothers and sisters: Christine Black and her husband B. Jay Cooper of Marion; Joan Black and her partner Rick Hall of Biddeford, Maine; Charles Black and his wife Lori of Woburn; Marylou Alongi and her husband Joseph of Haverhill; and John J. Black III of Alfred, Maine; many cousins, nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. He will also be sorely missed by the Lanza family who spent many holiday celebrations with him.

His parents and his brother Michael, who died in late March, predeceased him.

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, September 2nd at 10 a.m.  His remains will be buried with his parents at Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn at a later date.

Andrew J Black

Andrew John Black, a lifelong resident of Woburn and retired railroad foreman, died of cancer on August 29 at Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading.  He was 69.

Known universally as Andy, he was born on October 3, 1952 at Choate Memorial Hospital in Woburn to John J. Black Jr. and Clare Mary O’Rourke Black. He was the first son, and second of what would eventually be seven children who grew up on Houghton Street.

As a boy, he was an avid athlete memorialized in the Woburn Daily Times as one of the best players on his Pop Warner team despite being one of the smallest boys.  He was an altar boy at St. Charles Church and graduated from St. Charles Grammar School and Austin Preparatory School in Reading.

He worked for the railroad as a track foreman for most of his life through several owners from B & M and Amtrak to Keolis. After he retired, he worked part time as a bartender at the Sons of Italy.

He developed a passion for golf while working as a caddy as a teenager at the Winchester Country Club and kept up the sport throughout his life golfing at many area courses and traveling to Arizona to golf with his old friend David Rochon.

He was a voracious reader with a curious intellect and earned a reputation as a whiz at trivia. He read three newspapers cover to cover every day and devoured the weekly New Yorker magazine. He was an avid lifelong fan of the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox.

He was an active member of the Sons of Italy, the Towanda Club, the Irish American Club and the American Legion in Woburn. He ran the bowling league for some years at Towanda when he was younger.

He is survived by Susan Lanza of Woburn, his partner and companion for the last 24 years; five brothers and sisters: Christine Black and her husband B. Jay Cooper of Marion; Joan Black and her partner Rick Hall of Biddeford, Maine; Charles Black and his wife Lori of Woburn; Marylou Alongi and her husband Joseph of Haverhill; and John J. Black III of Alfred, Maine; many cousins, nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. He will also be sorely missed by the Lanza family who spent many holiday celebrations with him.

His parents and his brother Michael, who died in late March, predeceased him.

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, September 2nd at 10 a.m.  His remains will be buried with his parents at Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn at a later date.

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated in St. Charles Church, 280 Main Street, Woburn on Friday, September 2nd at 10 a.m.  His remains will be buried with his parents at Woodbrook Cemetery in Woburn at a later date.

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  1. Sharon & Rick D.

    Dear Susan, Family & Loved Ones,

    Expressing our most sincere condolences on your loss and are so sorry that we were unable to attend the service. Please know that we were there in spirit and that our hearts are with you as you make your way through these challenging times. May God send you every ounce of strength you need. Love, Sharon & Ricky

  2. My sincere condolences to the Black family. Andy was a great friend in our early years. Rest In Peace my friend.

  3. Johnny & Shannon Burgio

    Our condolences to Sue and Andy’s family. May that road rise up to meet you friend..may the wind be always at your back..R.I.P

  4. Christine, Joanie, Charlie, Marylou, John, Susan and families: My thoughts and prayers are still with you for another tragic passing of Andy, so soon after Michael. I’m so sorry that your family has had so much sadness! I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of knowing all of you for most of my life and my heart breaks for you all. Hoping they’re at peace and pain free. My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this very sad time and may they RIP. Sincerely, Bobby C

  5. Joan (Jannino) Galvin

    With my deepest sympathy for the family. May you find peace in the wonderful memories of Andy to carry you through these difficult times. So sorry for your loss

  6. To the entire Black family – my sincere condolences on your loss of Andy – He was a fine man who I had the pleasure of chatting with at a friends birthday party in July – May you Rest In Peace Andy ✝️🙏

  7. Deepest sympathy to Andy’s family and friends. A wonderful guy who will dearly be missed…

  8. Charles Culhane

    Black family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    The Culhanes

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