George R. Black II, 46, NSA employee

September 23, 2004

A Mass of Christian burial for George Roger Black II, a National Security Agency employee, was offered Monday at St. Philip Neri Roman Catholic Church in Linthicum.

Mr. Black was involved in a motorcycle accident Sept. 14 on Aviation Boulevard and Ferndale Road in Linthicum, and died two days later at Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The Pasadena resident was 46.

Born in Washington and raised in Lanham and Crofton, he was a 1976 Arundel High School graduate. He attended the University of Maryland, College Park.

For the past 25 years, he was employed at the National Security Agency at Fort Meade.

He enjoyed hunting, golf, backyard barbecuing and flying. He also helped home-school his children and worked with the Traditions of Roman Catholic Homes, a support group for home schooling.

"Roger was a person who went out of his way to help others," said Bill Wyatt, a longtime friend who lives in Glen Burnie. "He was easy to like."

Mr. Black was a member of the Church of the Crucifixion Parish in Glen Burnie, where he was a Eucharistic minister, lector and parish council member. He also maintained the parish's Web site.

Survivors include his wife of 10 years, the former Sebrina DiFrancesca; a son, Roger Black; five daughters, Samantha, Francesca, Andrea, Danielle and Veronica Black, all at the family home; his father and stepmother, George and Emily Black of Ocean City; and a sister, Deborah L. McKee of Stewartstown, Pa. A previous marriage to Lisa Lombardi ended in divorce.

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