BANGOR – Jean M. Black, 68, died March 13, 2013, at a Bangor hospital. She was born Jan. 18, 1945, in Bangor, daughter of Charles H. and Mary E. (Gaudet) Robinson.
Jean attended St. Mary’s Catholic School, Bangor, where she made many lifelong friends, and graduated from John Bapst High School in 1963. She returned to school later in life to earn a bachelors degree in social work from the University of Maine and had completed much of her coursework toward a masters degree in social work at Hutchinson Center. Jean was a dedicated and accomplished professional, working as a psychiatric social worker at Dorothea Dix for many years before retiring from the State of Maine and continuing her career at Mid Coast Mental Health, Belfast. A lifelong Democrat, Jean maintained an avid interest in politics and current events, attending city council meetings and voting via absentee ballot when she was no longer able to make it to the polls. She loved spending time with her family, completing home improvement projects, studying Bangor’s history, preparing and enjoying good food, and laughing with the West Side Lunch Bunch. Her hobbies included reading, painting and playing word games. She enjoyed spoiling her three grandchildren and pets. She will be remembered for her kindness, her generosity and her fighting spirit. Jean was a lifelong communicant of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bangor.
Surviving are her two children, Lisa Black and husband, Benjamin Priest, of Buffalo, N.Y., and Christopher Black and wife, Meghan, of Brewer; three beloved grandchildren, Kathryn, Isabella and Jackson Black, all of Brewer; one sister, Peggy McFadden of Lenexa, Kan.; and many cherished friends in Bangor. She was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Jerry McFadden.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Monday, March 18, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bangor. Burial will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Bangor. Visitors are welcome to remember Jean’s life in the St. Mary’s Church hall after the burial. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to ASPCA. Arrangements by Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 299 Union St., Bangor. Condolences to her family may also be offered at