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Harriet Black

BLACK, Harriet - On March 4 2015, Harriet Black RN died peacefully in Toronto. She was preparing to celebrate her 98th birthday. Harriet was a devoted wife and mother, committed community activist, and fervent believer. Born Harriet Peterson into a family of six children in Bruce Mines, she spent most of her adult life in Sault Ste. Marie and Toronto. She married Dr. Thomas Black, an Obstetrician and Gynecologist, in 1941, shortly after finishing nursing school at Toronto General Hospital. Together they moved to Sault Ste. Marie and raised four children. During that time she developed a Victorian Order of Nurses chapter, chaired the Kiwanis Music Festival, and held leadership roles in church and many community service organizations. She subsequently became a leader in higher education as the first woman member of the Board of Governors of Cambrian Community College and of the Ontario Council of Regents. She also was co-founder of the Algoma Fall Festival and its first president. In 1985 Harriet was invested into the Order of Canada. She received Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals for her community work as well as many awards from the cities and institutions she supported. Harriet was a dynamic presence wherever she went. She was always ready to listen to others and delighted in their well-being. She had a deep religious faith demonstrating that "faith, hope, and love abide, but the greatest of these is love." She cared for her husband and children with all her heart. After Tom died and her children had all relocated, she moved to Toronto to be closer to family. In her 30 years there she found a new community around St. Clement's Anglican Church and became active in the ICEJ. She spent her final years at the Salvation Army's Meighen Manor in Toronto where she received compassionate and expert care. Harriet is the last of a Peterson generation that included sisters Vera, Evelyn, and Ella and brothers Wilbur, Chuck, and Harold. She is survived by her four children-Dr. Peter Black (Katharine), Dr. Sandra Black (Jeff), Dr. Susan Black, and Patricia Trevor (Brian)-fourteen grandchildren scattered from Mexico to China, and ten great-grandchildren. She is remembered lovingly by family and by many friends and supporters. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 28 at 11 am at St. Clement's Anglican Church, Toronto. Messages of condolence may be made at In lieu of flowers, contributions would be welcomed by: The Dr. Thomas and Harriet Black TIA Unit, St. (The Rector's discretionary fund), The Salvation Army (Meighen Retirement Home and Manor). May Harriet rest in peace and rise in glory.12906071
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A wonderful woman
Posted by Dr. Stephen Burnie (Friend) On Monday, March 9, 2015
I have had the good fortune of knowing Harriet for several years; she was a truly wonderful person and I always looked forward to my visits with her. She never failed to bring a smile to my face and was always a highlight of my day. The last time I saw her, one week before her passing, I asked her how she was feeling. She looked at me with a big smile and said with sincerity, "I feel wonderful, darling."

My deepest condolences to all her family and loved ones.

Stephen Burnie

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Posted by Dr Robert Martin (Friend) On Saturday, March 7, 2015
How fortunate to have met Harriet and to be mentored by her for these many years. To be associated with her in the founding of the Algoma Arts Festival Association (Algoma Fall Festival) and subsequently being a president of AAFA led me along a cultural path that has enhanced my life - Sault Theatre Workshop, Art Gallery of Algoma, Ontario Arts Council - beyond my professional life.

Thank you Harriet for your dedication and wisdom and contribution to the cultural life in Sault Ste Marie

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