George Johnson Black III

March 27, 1922 Dec. 29, 2012

George Johnson Black III, 90, passed away peacefully Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.

He was born in Altoona, son of George Johnson II and Rebecca Louise (Nicholson) Black. He grew up in Hollidaysburg under the loving care of his maternal grandparents, Alice Ramey and William L. Nicholson.

Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 32 years, Arlene R. (Foreman); three children: David Michael Black, Janet Nicholson Hughes and Marianne Carson Strobel; four grandchildren: Terrence Nicholson Hughes, Liam Patrick Strobel, Justin Alexander Hughes and Lauren Anne Strobel; and a great-grandson, Jackson Thomas Hughes.

George attended Shady Side Academy in Pittsburgh and the St. James School in Hagerstown, Md., before going to Washington and Jefferson College in Washington, Pa. His studies there were interrupted by WWII and enlistment in the U.S. Army’s Horse Cavalry. Upon the dissolution of that division, he transferred to the Chemical Warfare Division, and he was stationed in Iceland and Britain and participated in the Normandy Invasion. While in France, he served as an interpreter as he learned the language himself.

Upon his return, he went to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he went to work for the U.S. Army Security Agency as a Russian translator, again learning the language as he worked. After a brief stint as assistant manager for a carpet company, he joined The New England Life as an agent and remained with that company for 35 years. His specialty earned him the title “Dean of the Pension Plan” by his colleagues in the Washington, D.C., Estate Planning Council.

While he was studying for his chartered life underwriter designation, George met the woman who years later would become his wife. They married in 1980, moved to The Landings Yacht, Golf & Tennis Club in Fort Myers, Fla., full time in 1985, and happily used that as the base from which they traveled extensively.

George loved looking at the magnificent sprays of bougainvillea, watching the golfers winding their way around the golf course once he was no longer able to play, participating in the numerous entertainment events and going to the theater. His biggest joys, however, came from his creativity in the kitchen, playing bridge (he was a master points player and tutor) and teaching English as a second language.

Private arrangements have been made through the Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer’s Resource Center Inc. or Temple Beth El, both in Fort Myers, Fla.