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Fred Belinsky

1948 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Fred Belinsky Obituary
Belinsky, Fred LA JOLLA -- Frederick Andrew Belinsky, born July 28, 1948 in Detroit, MI died March 30, 2014 in San Diego, CA. Fred achieved his Master's in education from Michigan State University. He taught elementary school during the free school movement in the 70's. Then, he returned to MSU where he earned a humanitarian award from the school. In 1980 Fred moved with his young family to San Diego. There, he opened The Village Hat Shop in Seaport Village which is still in operation. Since then Fred has expanded both in San Diego and to the internet with VillageHatShop.com Fred approached business as both art and science; his stores not only profit but are a value to the community offering hat information free to the public. Nature was Fred's true hobby. Whether hiking, camping, or canoeing he would surround himself in nature and be truly at peace. Above all he loved birding. He was given the honor of participating in the Natural History Museum's Bird Atlas Project. Whenever he spotted a rare bird he achieved a childlike wonderment. Those closest to him cannot witness a bird in flight without thinking of him. Fred was a talented photographer, who later in life pursued fine artistry. He loved California and translated that by restoring his canyon home landscape back to native plants. His garden is dotted with his own artistic creations that display his sense of humor. Fred loved sports, mostly as a participant. In any competition he was strategic and calculating, working to outwit his opponent to the bitter end. Fred's life choices were always supported by sound philosophical foundation. He understood how to live in the moment; believing that the journey is at least as important as the result. Most of all, Fred was a wonderful husband, father, relative, Godfather, friend and advisor. He had limitless time to spend with all who came to seek his guidance. He taught us what motivates others and that even though we can only change ourselves we can still get more from the world around us. His legacy and lessons live on in those who survive him. He leaves behind his wife Tina, sons Alexander and Zachary, daughter-in law Maria, as well as many friends and family who will miss him dearly.

Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Apr. 6, 2014
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