Passing of Retired Chief Judge of the Family Court

Nova Scotia Courts News

The Hon. William Marshall Black, a former Chief Judge of the Family Court of Nova Scotia, passed away peacefully on July 25, 2022, at the Valley Hospice. He was 92.

Born in Lawrence, MA, in 1929, Judge Black was the only child of the late J. Reginald Black and M. Helen (Blanchard) Black. At the age of three months, his family returned with him to Kentville where Judge Black resided for the remainder of his life.

He graduated with a BA from the University of Kings College in 1951 and a LLB from Dalhousie University Law School in 1953. He was called to the Nova Scotia Bar that same year.

As a lawyer, Judge Black practised with the firm Shaw, Waterbury and Black, later Waterbury and Black, in Kentville. He was appointed Judge of the Juvenile Court of Nova Scotia in 1961 and Chief Judge of the Family Court of Nova Scotia in 1984. He retired from the Bench in July 1994 and served as a per diem judge until May 2004.

To read Judge Black’s complete obituary, please visit the website for the White Family Funeral Home in Kentville, N.S.