Satelllite Beach, FL
Vincent A. Bellomo, retired Civilian Personnel Officer at Patrick AFB and a 36 year Federal civilian employee, died Monday, August 18, 2014. He was 86 years old.
Mr. Bellomo was born is Astoria, Long Island., NY. After graduating High School in Auburn, NY he enrolled in General Motors Institute, Flint, MI in the Dealership Co-Operative Education Program. Upon completion he enlisted in the U.S.A.F. to satisfy his military obligation. He served during the Korean Conflict at Chanute Air Force Base, IL as a Flight Mechanic, Technical Instructor, and an Educational Specialist in the Aircraft Power Plant Division. Upon discharge he continued as an Educational Specialist in a position converted to a Federal civilian position, and he received a Civil Service appointment.
In 1954 Mr. Bellomo was selected for a professional Civilian Personnel Management Trainee Program. In this position he progressed up the civilian personnel career field holding various supervisory, management, and executive positions. He served as Employee Utilization Officer at Chanute AFB, IL, Civilian Personnel Officer at Plattsburgh AFB, Plattsburgh, NY, and Chief of Placement and Employee Management Relations and Training at Hq SAC Eastern Field Office located at Hq Eighth Air Force, Westover AFB, MA. In 1970 he was promoted again to Chief, Civilian Personnel, Patrick AFB until his retirement in 1983.
As a Federal Civilian Executive he received the Air Force top award for Program Quality, Leadership and Direction and Professionalism while head of both the Plattsburgh and Patrick AFB Civilian Personnel Programs. In 1974 he was awarded the Department of the Air Force Meritorious Award and corresponding medal for outstanding performance.
While working full time he obtained a B.S. Degree from Rollins College and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma. He also was elected to the Satellite Beach City Council and served as Vice Mayor during his second term. During this period he also taught evening classes in Management and Organization at Rollins College in the Masters in Criminal Justice program. Mr. Bellomo retired from Patrick AFB in July 1983 and shortly thereafter he was appointed Personnel Director for the City of Cocoa Beach. While in this position he was requested to reorganize and standardize the police department and then assigned the additional duty of Acting Police Chief in 1986. He retired in 1989.
After this second retirement he continued working in the personnel management field as a Management Consultant. He was on the Panel of Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association and a Special Magistrate on the Public Employee Relations Commission for the State of Florida. In July 2006 he was certified and appointed as a mediator and arbitrator for the 18th Circuit Court by the Florida Bar.
He was very active as a volunteer serving as a hearing officer and an arbitrator, for the States Attorney's Office, Juvenile Alternative Services Program and Prosecution Alternatives for Youth Program. In 1990 he was appointed to the Samsons Island Park Development Committee and served as chairman during the first six years. He attended the Satellite Beach Police Department Citizens Police Academy and was a Community Service Officer participating in patrol duty, Teen Zone, and Samsons Island Park Ranger programs, and continued these activities for several years.
He was predeceased by his wife, Virginia (Ginny), a daughter, Valerie Rich of Raleigh, NC, and a son, Randy Vincent of Seminole, FL. There are five grandchildren, Brandon, Jason and Kevin Rich, and Bradley and Kristen Bellomo, and one great-grandchild, Chloe Bellomo.
Vince was known as 'Mr. Personnel' and was well known throughout the State. He was called often for advice and assistance in the more difficult personnel management problems. He also managed to find time to take excellent care and great pride in maintaining his house, lawn and cars. He was an active member of Patrick AFB Officer's Club and a communicant of Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Indialantic, FL.
Calling hours are 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. with Service at 11:30 on Saturday, August 23rd at Beach Funeral Home, Indian Harbour Beach. Internment will be at the family plot, St. Joseph's Cemetery in Auburn, NY.
Donations may be made to the Samsons Island Park Development Committee, City of Satellite Beach, or Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, Education Endowment Fund, Indialantic, FL. Condolences may be made by visiting Vincent's guestbook at www.beachfuneralhome.com
Beach Funeral Home
1689 S. Patrick Dr. Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937
Published in FLORIDA TODAY on Aug. 21, 2014