US Army


Richard "RC" Craig Black

1947 - 2021



Richard Craig Black (RC) passed peacefully at home in the arms of his loving family on the morning of March 12th 2021. 

RC and his wife Carol Casazza of Tewksbury, Massachusetts made their home in Alexandria, VA. He was the son of Duncan Frasier Black and Virginia Black of Middletown, New Jersey. He was preceded in death by his sister Shelley (Black) Foulks. 

RC leaves 2 sons: Kelly Black and his wife Erin of Orlando FL, and Joshua Black and his wife Jennifer of Winter Park, FL and their three children Ireland, Brooklyn, and Elle. He also leaves his nephew Gary Foulks of New Jersey .

RC had a kind soul, he loved his little dogs Molly, Duncan, and Eddie who preceded him in death and Emily and Kristen who miss him dearly. He shared his pillow with Emily every night. RC had a great respect for service men and women. He spent his entire career of 50 years working for the U.S. Army after his Vietnam era enlistment as a Sargeant. RC was quiet and unassuming, he loved and he was loved.

Inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery to be announced at a later date as well as a celebration of life.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: American Diabetes Association, Purple Heart, or any local animal rescue organization of your choosing.

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March 31, 2021 2:01 PM

Molly, Duncan, Eddie, Emily, Kristen and Lizzie.

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Alan G. Richards

July 8, 2021 6:59 PM

I am Craigs cousin and have been trying to locate him for over 10 years. I searched the internet for years and finally found him today. We grew up together at family get togethers and attended college in some of the same classes. My parents and Craigs parents inherited Marlboro Tool Company in Matawan NJ from our grand mother in 1955. Please accept my condolences.

Ken and Cindy Wade

March 31, 2021 8:31 AM

Your calm demeanor and friendship were very much appreciated and will be missed. Deepest sympathy and condolences to your family and dear friends.
Ken and Cindy Wade

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Jeff and Mary Westerman

March 28, 2021 4:46 PM

I was RC’s sponsor when he return to the United States after spending most of his government career in Germany.  As his sponsor, it was my job to welcome him to his new organization and help him get settled, which included helping him find a place to stay until he gets to know the area.

The first time Mary and I actually met RC was when we pick him up at the airport.   He was supposed to be holding up a sign to help us find him and I turned to Mary and said where do you think RC is?  He said I am standing right behind you, we turned and there he was holding up two bottles of wine.
He ended up staying with us for the next couple of months, until he found a place he wanted to live.  We were close friends for more than 25 years.

So how do we honor the passing of our dear friend RC, without saying goodbye?  I believe that everyone who knew RC could describe what he meant to them in one of these quotes:

•    A true friend is never truly gone. Their spirit lives on in the memories of those who loved him.

•    They say friends are the family we choose and are the ones who know our hearts, our minds and choose us as their friends anyway.

But for us it is that “We are better people for having known RC.”

With Eternal Love,
Jeff and Mary Westerman

Scott Preusker

March 27, 2021 5:51 PM

My memories of RC are fond and warm. When I first met him about three years ago and addressed him as Mr. Black he quietly corrected me and said, "Scott, it's just RC."
RC had a big heart and showed he cared about others daily. He often asked how my family was doing and provided a beautiful quilt to my son and daughter. 
RC was a colleague, friend and a patriot. Sending our deepest sympathies to the Black family.

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