(March 4, 11:04 a.m.) Kenneth W. Black, vice president of the produce division of Billerica, Mass.-based JO’H Metro’s Rochelle Park, N.J. office, died Feb. 22 after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 53.

Funeral services for Black, who had worked at the food broker’s produce division since 2001, were Feb. 28.

“JO’H Metro wouldn’t have even taken place without Kenny’s involvement in the company,” said Jim Oettinger, JO’H Metro’s executive vice president. “His contributions from day one made us a success that we have become in New York.”

Black, who had 25 years of produce industry experience, was born in Ridgewood, Queens, N.Y.

He is survived by his wife, Christine, two children, his mother, a sister, a brother and several nieces and nephews.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to either The Preston Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke, DUMC 3624, Durham, N.C., 27710, or to Hospice of Orange & Sullivan Counties Inc., Administrative Office, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, N.Y., 12550.

Cancer claims life of JO’H Metro executive