Thomas F. Black, 74: Lifelong Portland resident

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PORTLAND — Thomas Frederick Black, 74, a lifelong resident of Portland, died July 3 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough.

He was born in Portland Dec. 7, 1938, a son of Thomas and Helena Black. He graduated from Cheverus High School in 1957. While at Cheverus, he pursued his passion for sports, particularly basketball, where his yearbook described him as “Sparkling on the court.”

Following high school, Black enlisted in the Army, where he served his country in Alaska.

After serving in the Army, he returned to Maine, where he met and later married Clarice “Chris” Charlotte LaPlante. The couple went on to have two sons, Thomas F. Black, of Gorham and Damon R. Black, of Portland. In addition to their own sons, the couple helped raise John “Jack” Adamo, who was much a part of the couple’s immediate family.

Black’s competitive nature served him well as a sales representative for 3M after serving in the Army. Several years later he established Custom Sounds Systems and operated the company for the rest of his career, working with many well known establishments in the Greater Portland area.

He enjoyed decades of playing tennis and being in the pool with family and friends.

He was predeceased by his wife in 2007.

Black is survived by a brother, Richard Black and his wife Virginia, of Cape Elizabeth; sister Carolyn Conley and her husband William, of South Portland; sons Thomas F. Black and wife Carol, of Gorham, and Damon R. Black and wife Kristen, of Portland; aunt Edna Goan and her husband John, of South Portland; and granddaughters Chelsea, Delainey and Avery. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

A period of visitation was scheduled for 4-5:30 p.m. Thursday at A. T. Hutchins Funeral & Cremation Services, 660 Brighton Ave., in Portland, immediately followed by a memorial service at 5:30 pm. A reception will follow.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may donate to the Maine Cancer Society.  

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