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Born: Jun 20, 1949

Date of Passing: Sep 08, 2023

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We sadly announce the passing of Milt Black September 8, 2023.

Born in St. Boniface, Manitoba June 20, 1949, to Hazel Stroud Black (nee Cober) and David James Black, he leaves ex-wife Sigrid Barbara Black (nee Gollub), sisters, Beverley McLeod and Maureen Olson, their children and grandchildren.

Milt was 36th NHL draft pick in 1969, for the Chicago Black Hawks. When the Winnipeg Jets built their first WHA team in 1972, hometown boy Milt was recruited with other greats like Bobby Hull. After three seasons, Milt played in Sweden and Germany. His points record for Augsburg EV remains unbeaten. After a career-ending leg injury Milt settled in Matlock, then fulfilled his dreams by moving to Invermere, BC to work at Panorama Ski Resort and Radium Golf Course.

A gentle soul, his deep love of music could bring him to tears. He loved to laugh and found humour in many everyday situations. His famous appetite ranged from choice steaks to Kraft dinner. He loved a simple life: spending active time outdoors hiking, skiing, and golfing, or with family and friends, including his three best friends, Sigrid Black, Alexander Dryburgh and Rick Wagner. He will be missed, but his memory will inspire us to be our best, do what we love, savour times with loved ones, and embrace the simple things in life.


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 16, 2023

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • Sincere condolences to all of Milt’s family and friends on his passing. I’ve been a friend and teammate of Milt’s for 60+ years, and he has been a truly kind, generous person as a boy and as a man. A special athlete who rose to the professional level, Milt remained the same grounded considerate person. RIP Milt…. - Posted by: Dave McConachy (Childhood friend, baseball and hockey teammates ) on: Sep 19, 2023

  • Some players remember you fondly from your hockey officiating days and Milt was one of them. When he was living in Matlock, my parents often would mention how Milt would stop by their cottage for a visit. My mother always called him a nice young man. - Posted by: Kent Morgan (Friend) on: Sep 17, 2023

  • Barbra, I’m truly saddened to learn of Milt's passing, please accept my heartfelt condolences. I thoroughly enjoyed many interesting conversations with Mil about his NHL and in particular his European Hockey experiences. They were truly entertaining and gave one a welcomed insight to his wonderful personality. The Matlock community sorely missed him when the move away occurred and both Milt’s and your names are oftentimes a part of local conversations. May Milt’s spirit rest in peace and remembrances of him be everlasting. - Posted by: Laurence (Laurie) Russin (Acquaintance / Client) on: Sep 17, 2023

  • I am so sorry to hear of Milt’s passing, he was truly a wonderful person. I fondly remember all the wonderful times we shared together at Matlock with Barb and Sandy and myself, the hours we spent together playing our version of “frisbee golf” Milton’s memory will live on in the wonderful lifelong friends he has left behind. He will be missed Sincerely Colleen - Posted by: Colleen (Anderson) Manning (Friend) on: Sep 17, 2023

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