Retired U.S. Navy Master Chief Petty Officer John “Chucky” Black, 74, of Virginia Beach, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. Born in Manhattan, New York, he was the son of James and Rita Black (Fogarty).
John was the definition of “Old School.” He was tough as nails, but he would do anything to help someone he loved. He was a big man with a big presence, and he had an even bigger heart. He is and will be deeply missed.
John joined the U.S. Navy in 1964 and served with honor and distinction. He was an investigator with the Navy’s Legal Department and a recipient of the Navy Achievement Medal and various other prestigious awards. After four tours in Vietnam and an admirable career at sea, John retired after 25 loyal years of service to his country as a master chief petty officer. John was well traveled and retired to Virginia Beach with his family, where he earned a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Wesleyan College in 1999.
He is now at peace and with his darling wife of 35 years, Eileen S. Black.
Left behind to cherish his memory are his son, Johnathan I. Black, and his wife, Kimberly, and their daughter, Hannah; daughter, Cynthia Mahoney, and her husband, William, and their daughter, Kimberly; two brothers, Buddy and Tommy and their families; along with his many cousins.
“Gone from our sight, but never from our hearts.”
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Albert G. Horton Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, prayers for the family are welcomed.
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