Harry O. Black­well Jr. of Tren­ton

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - OBITUARIES -

Harry O. Black­well, Jr., age 70 tran­si­tioned on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 1, 2017 at Mer­wick Care and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­ter in Plains­boro NJ.

Born in Tren­ton, N.J., he was a life­long res­i­dent. Harry, bet­ter known as Chubby, was the son of Harry O. Black­well, Jr. and El­iz­a­beth Childs Black­well.

Chubby is a grad­u­ate of Tren­ton Cen­tral High School (1964) and the Wa­ter and Sewage Tech­ni­cal School (1966) and com­pleted course­work at Mercer County Com­mu­nity Col­lege (1971-74) and Tren­ton State Col­lege (1976-77).

Chubby re­tired from the City of Tren­ton in 2007 af­ter 34 years of ded­i­cated service. Chubby re­tired from the New Jer­sey Na­tional Guards in 1991 af­ter 24 years of hon­or­able service. He en­tered the Of­fi­cer Can­di­date School in 1967 and rose to the rank of Cap­tain. He was a mem­ber of the Race Re­la­tion Coun­cil and was a re­cruiter and coun­selor in its Gover­nor’s Youth Pro­gram which af­forded many in­ner-city and town­ship chil­dren an op­por­tu­nity to at­tend sum­mer camp.

Chubby was a com­mu­nity ac­tivist. He was a vol­un­teer coach for his beloved Our Lady of the Di­vine Shep­herd Church for 22 years. He served on sev­eral Boards of Di­rec­tors, es­tab­lished nu­mer­ous ath­letic pro­grams, most no­tably the Tren­ton Golf Pro­gram. He served for many years as a Demo­cratic Com­mit­tee­man and chaired voter reg­is­tra­tion in 1979. He has been cited and honored on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions, most no­tably, The NAACP youth award (1977), Out­stand­ing Young Men in Amer­ica (1978), Com­mu­nity Cul­tural Club “Fa­ther of the Year´(1986).

Pre­de­ceased by his par­ents, broth­ers Harold, Levi, and Rod­ney Black­well; sis­ter Louella Hayes; friend John Couch, he is sur­vived by the “light of his life” his daugh­ter, Rukiya A. Black­well, Esquire; brother Karl (Ruby) Black­well, sis­ters Josephine Black­well, Beatrice Wash­ing­ton, Karen Rowe, Clara Boatwright, and Ellen Stacey (David) Lewis, Sis­ter-in-law Net­tie Black­well; His cher­ished friends Archie Dent, Jeremiah Fur­man Wither­spoon and Robert King; and a spe­cial bond of love and grat­i­tude to Betty Black­well, Grace Cross­land, Terri Green, Linda Green and Ja­cob for their un­tir­ing care of Chubby dur­ing his lengthy ill­ness.

Fu­neral service will be 11am Satur­day, De­cem­ber 9, 2017 at the Shiloh Bap­tist Church 340 Rev. S. Howard Wood­son Way Tren­ton, NJ. Call­ing hours will be 9am un­til time of service at the church. In­ter­ment Green­wood Ceme­tery Hamil­ton, NJ. Ar­range­ments are by the Hughes Fu­neral Home.

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