Albert T. Belinsky passed away Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, after a courageous battle with lung cancer.
He was born Sept. 22, 1928, in Berwick to Albert and Martha Kasparavich Belinsky.
Al was a 1946 graduate of Berwick High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in the 187th Glider Infantry, 11th Airborne Division, spending most of his enlisted time in Japan.
After his honorable discharge, he was employed as a welder at AC & F Industries in Berwick. In 1951, he enrolled at Bloomsburg State Teachers College, graduating in May of 1955 with a bachelor of science in education.
Al was a standout pitcher and outfielder for the Bloomsburg Huskies baseball team from 1951 to 1953. In 1952, while playing for the Conyngham Rubes, he became the first player in history to hit three home runs in a single game at Hazleton's Cranberry Park, a feat that had been attempted by numerous major and minor leaguers, including Babe Ruth.
After signing a professional baseball contract, Al continued his career in the West Texas-New Mexico League, playing for the Plainview Ponies, the Lubbock Hubbars and the Borger Gassers during the 1953 and 1954 seasons.
After graduation from Bloomsburg, Al and his wife, Mary, moved to Montrose, where Al began his teaching career in the Montrose School District. During his tenure, he touched many lives and lived up to his mantra that ""Every student has to have at least one success a day.""
In addition to teaching, Al also founded the varsity golf team and coached varsity baseball. He retired in 1990 after 35 years of devoted service.
Outside of the classroom, Al was a founding member of the Montrose Kiwanis Club, a 38-year member of the Montrose Municipal Authority and an avid trout fisherman. He was also a longstanding member of the Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church.
However, his most defining characteristic was his unconditional love and devotion to his family. He will be forever loved, adored and sadly missed.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 50 years, Mary Scheno; his daughters, Rosemary and Jane Belinsky Spellman; brothers, John and Joseph; and sisters Anne and Nell.
He is survived by his son, Tom, and his fiancee, Francesca Gawat, Hanover Township; grandchildren, Katelyn, Meghan and Colin Spellman; son-in-law, D.J. Spellman, Montrose; sister Mary, Berwick; sisters-in-law, Theresa Scheno DiPippa, Berwick, and Betty McMahan Belinsky, Bloomsburg; and many nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be 7 to 9 p.m. today at the Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home, Montrose, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Name of Mary at 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment will be at Holy Name of Mary Cemetery.
To learn more about the services, find directions or leave an online condolence, please visit www.danielreganfuneralhome.com.
Daniel K. Regan Funeral Home - Montrose
232 South Main St.
Montrose, PA 18801
Published in Times Leader from Sept. 25 to Sept. 27, 2013