Peter McEwan Black

December 14, 1926 ‒ December 18, 2015

Westwood, Massachusetts
Formerly of Mansfield, Ohio

WESTWOOD, MA: Peter McEwan Black, formerly of Mansfield, passed away Friday, December 18, 2015 in Clark House at Fox Hill Village in Westwood, Massachusetts following a long illness. He was 89.

The son of the late Robert Blymer and Esther (McEwan) Black and the grandson of Frank Blymer Black, founder of The Ohio Brass Company, Mr. Black was born in Mansfield on December 14, 1926.

He was educated at Western Reserve Academy, Hudson, Ohio; at Princeton University; and at Columbia School of Business in New York. He served in the United State Army Air Force from 1945 to 1947.

During the 1950s, Mr. Black worked in Wall Street as a securities analyst at Blair & Company. In the 1960s and early 1970s he was on the faculty at Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and taught courses in accounting and corporation finance. Since then he had lived primarily in Boston, although he had a condominium at Brewster on Cape Cod and he shared a home in Mansfield with his brother John Black.

He was active for many years at the Boston Center for International Visitors and was a trustee both of his school, Western Reserve Academy, and of Babson College. He loved music and played the piano, and for a long while was an enthusiastic skier.

He was a member of First Congregational Church of Mansfield, although in Boston he regularly attended Trinity (Episcopal) Church in Copley Square. He was a member of the Westbrook Country Club in Mansfield and of the Union Club in Cleveland.

His brother John Black preceded him in death on October 28, 2014.

He is survived by numerous cousins.

Friends may call Sunday, January 10, 2016 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. His funeral service will be held Monday, January 11, 2016 at 1 p.m. in First Congregational Church, 640 Millsboro Road, Mansfield. The Rev. Bruce Haapalainen will officiate. Burial will be in Mansfield Cemetery.

Contributions in Peter’s memory may be made to First Congregational Church or Richland County Foundation.

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  • For those of us who have been members of FCC for decades, we know of the generous support Peter’s parents and relatives have been to the church through the years. It is my understanding the very ground the church stands was a gift to the congregation of First Congregational after a devastating fire destroyed the downtown church building and the beautiful sanctuary chandler a gift from the Black family. Remembering Peter with sincere gratitude. Marian Blahnik

  • I knew John and Peter from the time I was a child and on into my adult life. They shared a deep brotherly love, but John and Peter were very different from each other.
    John cherished the social history and the legacy of his family’s role in the formation of Mansfield. Peter choose to form his own life on the East Coast, with respect for the legacy, but outside it as well. I would guess that most of the family in Mansfield didn’t know Peter as well as John. We all knew how wonderfully charming and outgoing John was, but Peter was less outgoing and spent less time in Mansfield.
    Peter was perhaps shyer, but warm, witty and charming as well. He was a kind and generous man with a bit of an adventurous spirit.
    I don’t think I will attend Peter’s funeral because his death is very sad to me. I view it as the end of the Robert Black (their father) family era. We will cherish “the boys” (as my deceased parent’s referred to them) in our memories forever.
    It was because of Peter that academic opportunities in life were offered to me. Peter is beyond his illness now, but I am deeply saddened by his passing and think of both of them with great affection.

  • I am very sad to miss the beautiful service for Peter. Doctors appointment out of town.
    Peter was such a kind, thoughtful,shy, gracious soul and completely enjoying his life.
    I know he had a wonderful send off from all his family and friends. Now he and his brother are together again. Blessings to all Adelle