Foye Forbus (Bob) Black Jr., a former year-round resident of Amagansett who was a longtime member of the Professional Golfers Association and a “scratch golfer,” meaning that his handicap was zero, died of natural causes in Fort Worth, Tex., on April 18, just six days after his 82nd birthday.
After enjoying the East End as a summer visitor from 1992 to 1995, Mr. Black designed and built a saltbox house for his family on Abram’s Path in Amagansett, where his wife, Gretchen Louise Black, had summered over the years with her grandparents, David and Margaret Snyder. The couple retired there in 1995, although they moved to North Carolina, where Mr. Black was born, in 2002. Mrs. Black died in 2006, and Mr. Black then moved to Fort Worth to be near his son and his family.
Bob Black was born in Forest City, N.C., on April 12, 1931, to Foye Forbus Black Sr. and the former Katie-Sue Mears. He was an active Boy Scout, and became the youngest Eagle Scout in North Carolina when he was 12 years old. He attended Cool Springs High School in North Carolina, where he enjoyed playing the trumpet in the marching band. Mr. Black enlisted in the Army in 1951, serving in intelligence as a staff sergeant in Alaska during the Korean War.
He and Gretchen Louise Snyder of New York were married in 1954 and went to live in Chapel Hill, N.C., where Mr. Black was enrolled at the University of North Carolina. He earned a business degree there in 1956. They moved to New York City when Mr. Black accepted a position at Hanover Bank, beginning a career that spanned 40 years. The couple raised three young children, living in Chatham, N.J., in Palos Verdes Estates in Los Angeles, and later in Denver. In addition to golf, Mr. Black enjoyed sailing.
Mr. Black’s daughters, Julie Crum of Manhattan Beach, Calif., and Margaret E. Black of Santa Monica, Calif., and his son, Robert U. Black of Fort Worth, survive, as do five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. His sisters, Betty Horswell and Patsy McVity, died before him.
Family and friends will celebrate Mr. Black’s life on Wednesday at 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in East Hampton, with the Rev. Denis C. Brunelle officiating. He will be buried in St. Luke’s memorial garden.
His family has suggested donations in his memory to Elizabeth House, P.O. Box 94077, Pasadena, Calif. 91109, Meals on Wheels at mowaa.org, or the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at aspca.org.