Gregory Paul BLACK, 43, of Belmont, NY, passed away Thursday, July 5, 2018.
Friends are invited to join Greg's family for a celebration of his life on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM in Fairlawn Cemetery, Scio, NY. The Rev. Glen Layfield will officiate.
Greg was born January 24, 1975, in Wellsville. NY. He attended Belmont Central School.
Greg was born in the Age of Aquarius. The qualities that drew people to him were also his greatest strengths as a human being. He had such beautiful eyes and a smile that could melt your heart. He was a progressive and independent thinker. He was a humanist and champion of social justice issues. Greg loved stimulating and intellectual conversation and had a healthy, if somewhat dry sense of humor. He used his mind at every opportunity.
While Greg gave freely of himself, he wore his heart on his sleeve and could become easily wounded in his feelings. Greg had a great desire for material gain but was not greedy. He was a tireless worker and was willing to work for what he wanted never demanding more than his fair share. He had a gift of being able to read character instinctively.
Greg loved music. Everything from Al Green to Pantera. He had a music service and a great wireless speaker, and we jammed more than once at the house. He always had his headphones at the ready and listened to his favorite hits when working in the yard. Music was one of the things Greg and I shared, and I will hold those memories forever.
Greg loved to travel and his current job with 798 Pipeliners afforded him that. It was a place where he could work hard now and later retire to fulfill his dreams of owning a piece of land and a place of his own. He earned good money and spent it well. He had the latest tech gadgets, but really had a knack for cars, Hondas of course. He was mechanically adept and worked tirelessly to keep them well maintained. No doubt his mechanical ability came from his Grandpa Black and his Uncles. He also had some unusual work experience. When living in Colorado, he lived and worked at the renowned Broadmoor Hotel. He worked first on the greens and then in setting up for banquets. He saw Michael Jordan there once for a golf tournament. He also worked on the summit at Pikes Peak where you had to dress for winter even in the summer. He loved his time and adventures in Colorado and always found a reason to go back.
Greg was my light; my sun. He was fiercely loyal to his family and friends and expected the same in return. He had many friends because of his genuine, down-to-earth personality, but had few confidants; people he trusted. Among those were his childhood friends Scotty and Dave. Later it was Mikey, too. He had a few close friends in Colorado that he kept in contact with and would visit when possible. One of his closest, Chris Steppler, also died too young. His death had a profound effect on Greg. Now, they can catch up. One of his friends said, "he always made you feel like you were somebody." He avoided the everyday drama, preferring to visit with his friends and family.
Greg was truly one of the "good guys." No mother could be prouder than I to have had him as a son. His laughter, genuine thirst for knowledge and truth, his ability to see the best in others, his warm heart and beautiful soul will live forever in the hearts of those he loved and those who loved him.
Surviving are: his mother and step-father, Marcella Black Tronetti and Charles "Bud" Tronetti; aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Richard and Onalee Allen Black, and his uncle, Douglas Perry.
Friends are invited to join Greg's family for a celebration of his life on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 11:00 AM in Fairlawn Cemetery, Scio, NY. The Rev. Glen Layfield will officiate. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association at www.heart.org, or to the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.
Arrangements are entrusted to Mulholland-Crowell Funeral Home, Wellsville, NY.
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