Eleanor Black, 94: Passion for roller skating, travel

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Eleanor (Dyer) Black, 94, of South Portland and Brewer, died peacefully Aug. 27 at Barron Medical Center in Portland.

Born in Brewer, on May 25, 1917, the youngest of four daughters of Samuel and Florence (Lowell) Dyer.

Her passion was roller-skating, which she performed throughout the northeast, from the Rainbow Room in Bar Harbor to venues in Connecticut and Canada. Through skating she met her husband, Maurice Jr., and the two performed semi-professionally for several years, even while pregnant with her youngest daughter, Brenda.

She and her husband traveled extensively as part of the Retreads and Seacoast Motorcycle clubs, for which they won numerous trophies for many years and many miles of travel.

For 36 years she lived in the Redbank area of South Portland, and worked as a lunch aid at the Redbank Village School for many years.

Her family would like to thank the staff of the hospice care unit at the Barron Center for their kindness and dedication.

She was predeceased by by her husband of 51 years, Maurice G. “Bud” Black Jr., her sisters, Ruth Moore, Lilian Tenney and Margaurite Dyer, and one son, Maynard C. Black.

Surviving are her two daughters, Brenda Hilden of North Waterboro, and Tzeana Gross of Cape Elizabeth, and one son, Maurice W. Black of South Portland; two granddaughters, Sarah Black and Erin Gross, and four grandsons, Baron Grant, Allen Vose, III, Ryan Gross, and Lance Black; and two great-grandchildren, Katie Grant and Rachel Turnbull.

Visiting hours will be held 5-6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, with a memorial service following at 6 p.m. at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland.

Interment will be in Maine Veterans Cemetery in Augusta, next to her beloved husband, Bud, and son Maynard.

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