BLACK, John S. 1957 – 2015

It is with deep sadness and heavy hearts that we announce the tragic passing of Dr. John S. Black at the age of 58. John leaves behind his loving wife of 25 years, Susy Pierazzo, and adoring ten year old son, Derek; mother Silvia Law, sister Jean Black and nieces Robyn and Lauren Kempers, residing in Chilliwack; mother-in-law Raffaella and brother-in-law Renzo, sister-in-law Pam, residing in London, Ontario. John grew up on a farm in West Langley. He graduated in 1975 from Langley Senior Secondary and courageously returned to Queen Elizabeth Secondary to upgrade years later. He earned his BSc at UBC and carried on his studies at the University of Waterloo where he earned his Doctor of Optometry degree. It was at the U of W where John met Susy, the love of his life. They settled in South Surrey in 1989. John was a gifted optometrist in a well-respected clinic on Scott Road for 26 years. He thoroughly enjoyed his profession and the relationships with his patients and coworkers. John loved music, hockey, skiing, and tennis and derived even greater pleasure in doing these activities with Derek, the best gift of John and Susy’s lives. They also shared a passion of nature and animals that earned John the nick name “Nature Boy”. John was a relaxed, fun-loving and creative force with Derek plus many other children. He was a classic car enthusiast and had meticulously restored his 1959 Austin-Healey. Susy and John had a loving marriage built on mutual respect and friendship. Susy thrived on John’s ability to expand her life experiences while he thrived on her cooking. They shared many great travel adventures before Derek came along and continued doing so as a family. John wanted nothing more than to be the best husband and best dad ever. And he was. He adored his family and they adored him. John was an extraordinary, genuine friend to many. He was a joy to be with and everyone thrived on his wit and intelligent sense of humour. His family and friends will so greatly miss him and his many virtues. He enriched our lives. John, we trust you are at peace. A celebration of life will be Friday, October 23 at 1:00 pm at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre 14831 28 Ave, Surrey. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to White Rock South Surrey Hospice, Peace Arch Hospital Foundation and Marmot Recovery Foundation. Online condolences can be offered at

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