BARRE - Jesse Thomas Belcher, 16, of Nelson Street, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in a drowning accident while trying to save a friend in the Stevens Branch on Route 14 in Barre Town.
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Born Oct. 6, 1996, in Colorado Springs, Colo., he was the twin son of John J. Belcher and Suzanne M. Lavery.
He attended Barre City Elementary and Middle School and just completed his sophomore year at Spaulding High School. Jesse was an honor student and played in the Spaulding Band and Jazz Band. He was elevated to this fall's varsity football team and played on the junior varsity lacrosse team, as well as receiving several literary awards for his writing ability.
Currently, he had been a part-time employee at the Quarry Restaurant on Depot Square in Barre.
He enjoyed mountain biking, hunting, fishing, baking, his cat, Blaze, and was an avid reader. In Jesse's eyes, Vermont was the most beautiful place in our world, and his hope was to become a scientist and musician, and a United States Marine, to serve his country as other family members had served.
He belonged to the Key Club at Spaulding High School and showed his generosity by being an organ donor.
Survivors include his mother, Suzanne Lavery, and his twin brother, Nick Belcher, of Barre City; his father, John J. Belcher, and stepmother, Jennifer; older brother, Tommy Belcher, and older sister, Tara Smith, and their families, all of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and his paternal grandparents, Jim and Barbara Belcher, in North Carolina.
Also surviving are his uncles and aunts Maureen, Tim and Jay Lavery, Donna Lambert, Joan Poutre, Brenda Wise, Mary Wallace, and Mark, Jimmy and Geoff Belcher, and numerous cousins. Also very special to Jesse were Ashley, Maddica, Bryana, Bethany, Noah, Danielle, Alex, Tyler and Mellissa.
He was predeceased by his grandparents Robert and Isabel Lavery, and his uncles Tommy and Johnny Lavery.
Jesse's life will be honored and celebrated Sunday, July 7, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the Spaulding High School Auditorium, Ayers Street, Barre.
Friends may call at the Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., Barre, on Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Spaulding High School Athletic Department or High School Band, care of Tom Sedore, 155 Ayers St., Barre, VT 05641.
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Published in Times Argus from July 4 to July 5, 2013