Eugene "Gene" Belk

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  • "Pop Pop, You will be dearly missed. Mom was there to greet..."
    - Allen Fanion
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Eugene "Gene" Lee Belk, 91, formerly of Westminster and Rocky Hill, Conn., passed away March 4, 2016 at the Marlborough (Conn.) Health Care & Rehab Center. Born in Greensboro, NC on November 23, 1924, he was a son of the late Marion Jay and Maggie Purefoy Belch. He was a proud veteran, having served with the Merchant Marines during WWII. Gene married Noralie Fae Grove on November 22, 1950. The couple shared 28 years of marriage before she died on February 25, 1978. He retired many years ago after working as a chemist in industrial application development for Dutch Boy Paint, Sherwin Williams and Baltimore Paint and Chemical, where he invented new coatings for railroad and highway applications, including the first durable reflective paint for road markings. He will be remembered for his enjoyment of art, photography, collecting memorabilia and hunting. His favorite hunting story involved shooting what he thought was a groundhog, at more than 200 yards, only to discover it was an especially high pile of horse manure. Regardless, it was an impressive shot. He struck an imposing figure in his chinos, flannel shirt and "Life Is Good" cap, and always kept his beard nicely trimmed so you could see his dimples. He rightly bragged that he never had a headache in his life, although he was known to give away a few from time to time, and for that he can be (and is) forgiven. He converted to the Roman Catholic faith at age 80, and his faith brought much solace and comfort to him over the last decade of his life. Most importantly, he will be remembered as a devoted family man. He will be sadly missed but always remembered by his son, Eric and daughter-in-law Betty Belk of Marlborough, Conn.; his daughter, Gwendolyn Kennedy of North Carolina; a brother, Robert Belch of Virginia; 12 grandchildren and numerous extended family and friends. In addition to his wife Noralie and his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Richard Belch and a daughter, Olga Fae Fanion. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 11 AM on Friday, March 11th at St. John Roman Catholic Church, 43 Monroe St., Westminster. Donations in his memory may be made to The Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate, 106 Bullard Street, New Bedford, MA 02746. The Aurora-McCarthy Funeral Home of Colchester, Connecticut has been entrusted with arrangements.

Funeral Home
Colchester, CT 06415
(860) 537-9611
Published in Carroll County Times on Mar. 7, 2016
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