Matthew Wilson Black and Mr. Deer.

Matthew Wilson Black, Jr. died on April 12, 2021 at his home in Crumpton, MD.

He was born on August 2, 1940 in Philadelphia, PA, the son of Matthew Wilson and Dorothy Dinsmore Black. He graduated from the Episcopal Academy in 1958, Yale University in 1962, and Georgetown Law School in 1968. While at Yale he played on the 1960 football team, the first and only football team in Yale history to go undefeated.

Over 30 years of Mr. Black’s career consisted of his private practice as a criminal law attorney. He then served as Public Defender in Caroline County for the next ten years until retiring in 2009.

Mr. Black loved sports – he was an avid tennis player and a huge fan of softball, during his law career he played weekly on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. He was also a writer, and published “A New Handbook for Word Players”.

He was predeceased by his son the late Matthew Logan Black.

He is survived by his loving wife, Janie Black; daughter, Tamara L. Black and her husband Ian Patrick of Los Angeles, CA; son, Andrew W. Black of Los Angeles, CA; close friend Ken Jones of San Diego, CA; and dear friends and adopted daughters, Jill Payne and Bethany Laird.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to the Animal Care Shelter of Kent County 10720 Augustine Herman Highway Chestertown, MD 21620 or Compass Regional Hospice 160 Coursevall Dr. Centreville, MD 21617.

Services will be held at a later date.

Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein, and Newnam Funeral Home Chestertown, MD. www.fhnfuneralhome.com.