Black, Rodney " Rod " - Obituaries | Timiskaming Funeral Cooperative

Black, Rodney " Rod "

BLACK, Rodney " Rod "

1954 - 2023

It is with profoundly heavy hearts that we announce the sudden, peaceful passing of Rodney Black, at his home in Charlton, Ontario.  


Rod was born in Englehart, Ontario on April 4, 1954 to Merlin and Jean (Gibson) Black.


Rod lived for playing hockey as a child, and had many happy memories of summers spent at their family cottage at the head of Long Lake.  From age 18 on, he worked as a Brakeman for the Ontario Northland Railway.  After retiring, he formed a band with Michael Montminy and Aldo Tarini. The “Plaidiator,” Rod had a penchant for wearing head to toe mismatching plaid.  


Rod is survived by his wife Sharon (DeVries), who he loved “more than there are mosquitoes in Northern Ontario;” children Connie Black (Anna Chamberlain), Stephanie Black, and Micheal Black (Erin Egan-Randall); grandchildren Luna and Juniper Nuedling-Black, and Jack Fisher; siblings Merrlyn Morris (Bill) and Dalton Black (Claudette); close friends Bryan and Jennifer Borecki; along with many brothers and sisters in law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


As per Rod’s wishes cremation has occurred. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. 


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Sharon, Connie, Stephanie, Micheal & family

We were very sorry to hear of Rod's passing. He was a great friend, fishing buddy, coworker, and always an entertainer. He will be missed.

With sincere sympathy,
Bob Peters and Sandra McLean

Bob Peters, January 24, 2023

Sharon and Family

Sending huge hugs to you today. Rod and Mike will be making music up in heaven! xoxoxo

Lana Ward, January 24, 2023

Sharon and family

I am so sorry to hear of Rod’s passing. My heart goes out to you Sharon and your family. He will be so missed. Love, Betty

Betty Lacharity, January 24, 2023

Sharon & family and the Black family

Our condolences for your loss. May your many happy memories comfort you!

Pat & Albert Cousineau, January 24, 2023

Sharon, Connie, Stephanie, Michael and family

My sincere condolences on the loss of Rod. I know what a loss you have suffered. I hope you find comfort in your many memories of him. Thinking of you all. xo

Loriann, January 24, 2023

The Black Family

Our sincere sympathies on your loss. May you cherish your memories and may the Lord give you strength at this difficult time.

Claude and Anne Bougie , January 24, 2023

Sharon and family

Jack and I were saddened to read about Rod's passing. Our sympathies go out to the family.

Jack and Lydia Scott, January 24, 2023


Thinking of you during this difficult time. May your happy memories outweigh any sadness and may you be comforted with God's peace that passes understanding.
Sincere condolences,
from one of your highschool friends

Joan Atchison (Arts), January 24, 2023

Sharon and all your family

I am so sorry to hear of this Sharon..My heartfelt condolences to you and all your family for your loss... always looked back fondly on Rod’s friendship with me in early public school years, to his kindness and help when I was a total greenhorn trying out at the onr. He was a guy with old fashioned integrity, none of us are perfect in life we all have faults but he was at bottom line , a damn good man, a mans man and someone I always respected.... I was always happy he was with a gal as lovely a person as you are.....sometimes the universe got it right.... may you be surrounded with love and support to help you through this time.... your all in my thoughts..... Carey Mitchell Whitehorse Yukon

Carey Mitchell , January 24, 2023

Sharon and Family....Dalton, Merrlyn and Families.

We are sorry to hear of Rod's passing. I (Dean) spent time with Rod when we were younger, with days spent up at the head of Long Lake, fishing in a steel flat bottom boat with a 5 HP Johnson pushing us around to the fishing spots Rod knew well. Condolences to all. You are in our thoughts, and prayers at this sad time.

Dean and Theresa, January 24, 2023

Sharon Black

I am so sorry for your loss Sharon and family.As a kid,l thought my cousin Rod was so cool.He always seemed to have time to talk to me and let me see and hear his guitar.Life took us down different roads and l haven’t seen him in years.But know that our Hearts mourn for you in such a tremendous loss.

Janice pratt Montean, January 25, 2023

The family

So sorry to hear of Rod’s passing. Sincerest sympathy to all of you

Madelin Vickery , January 25, 2023

The Family

Know that you are in our thoughts. We have definitely lost one of the good guys!!

Pam and Mark Milton, January 25, 2023

The Black Family

Our sincere condolences to all of you family. Cherish the memories.

Sharon and Cal Hack, January 25, 2023

Sharon and Family

Very sorry to hear. Please accept our condolences. Lynn and Roger

Lynn Racicot, January 25, 2023

Sharon and Family

Worked with Rod for over 30 years and always enjoyed our trips up and down the track to various terminals. Great guy to work for. My deepest sympathies to you all.
Kirk from London!

Kirk Archer, January 25, 2023

Rod Black

My sincere sympathy with the passing of Rod. He will be missed by many people, family, friends and whom ever touched his life. Another cousin
Taken so young, so sad to say lately this has happened to many relatives as of late. Cherish your many memories.
Lots of Love to family members.

Anne Cragg

Anne Cragg, January 27, 2023

Sharon and family

We are so sorry to learn of Rod's passing. Our heartfelt sympathy to you and all your family.

Bob and Linda Glassford , January 27, 2023

Sharon and Family

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Rod had such a great outlook and wonderful sense of humour. I have fond memories of Rod and you when I was young. Always admired the couple you were and found encouragement just watching the two of you together. Sending big hugs ❤️

Cindy and Rick, February 14, 2023


So sorry and sad to hear of Rod's passing! He was such a good man and a huge part of your life. You must be missing him terribly.
I hope you and your family are healing from this sudden loss. I send hugs.

Linda Mustard, February 14, 2023

family of Rod,

Hi my name is Joseph Coffin,

I have purchased the voice machine from Paul and he was sharing with me about your loss.

I am looking forward to receiving the machine and using it in my music. I play mostly gospel where we make a joyful noise unto the Lord Jesus.

I plan to be praying to God for you all. God has made each one of you and wants to share eternity with each of you, through the saving life of Jesus. (

Love and prayers,

Joseph (902-388-6197)

Joseph Coffin, March 21, 2023


So very sorry to hear of Rod’s passing. Thinking of you all

Kelly Brownlee, July 12, 2023