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The Passing of Fred Black

April 10, 2018 10:16 AM | Donna-Jean Plante (Administrator)

It is with sad news that we report the passing of Fred Black, All Types Advertising a long-time SAAGNY volunteer and member.  The Funeral will be Wednesday, April 11, at 11:00 a.m. at the Montebello Jewish Center, 34 Montebello Road, Suffern, NY  10901.  

Below is a short piece written by Joel Schaffer, MAS, Past SAAGNY President, about Fred Black.

I’m saddened that Fred Black finally listened.

When I began my real active service to SAAGNY around 1990, Fred Black had already established himself on the Board, on committees, etc. His footprint was everywhere. As my service grew and he left the Board, he never let go of SAAGNY. His activity continued with one relentless pursuit. He was the keeper of the by-laws. When a Board made a decision, he was there to check it against the by-laws. When it was time to change or amend the by-laws he either sat on or led the team that did it. I called him a pain and often said ...” go away”, but, in reality, I knew how important his contributions really were. Nobody, simply nobody else cared as much as Fred. SAAGNY will document his long record of service, but not his intellectual contribution. SAAGNY today owes Fred Black a thank you. SAAGNY today needs to show youthful volunteers and potential volunteers how one person can mean so much to an organization for over 40 years. 

I’m sorry you finally listened, that wasn’t exactly how I meant it. Rest in peace my friend and friend of all SAAGNY.



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