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Robert C. Belida

April 6, 1948 - April 6, 2013

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Robert C. Belida, 65, of Jay, VT passed away suddenly on April 6, 2013. He was born April 6, 1948 in Lowell, MA; son of the late Michael and Lorraine (Cockerline) Belida. Bob was a graduate of Winchester High School and attended Tulane University. He was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard as well as being a longtime member of the American Legion.
Bob worked as a self-employed electrical engineer/designer. He was a co-founder and director of the Jay Athletic Association, and he was active with Little League coaching and umpiring while his children were involved, extending over 10 years. He was also district administrator for the Northeast region of Little League.
On July 4, 1976 he married Becky Mathieu. A devoted husband of 36 years, father, and “Grampa”, he always found time to be with his family including attending sporting events that his children were involved in. Bob’s love for his family and friends was apparent through his words and actions; he always spoke highly of his wife and children describing how proud he was of each of them. He cherished the time he spent with his two grandchildren as they always brought a smile to his face and a joy to his heart. He had a natural gift of interacting with children and could always make them laugh. He was an avid Boston Sports enthusiast and enjoyed spending time in the woods.
Bob is survived by his wife Becky Belida of Jay, VT, his children: Corey Belida and his wife Erica and their two children Emerald and Ashton of Fairfax, VT, Kevin Belida and his wife Rachel of Portland, OR, and Nikki Belida of Fairfax, VT, his brothers George Belida and his companion Jonan Cacciola of Woburn, MA, and Peter Belida and his companion Geraldine Rossi of Salem, MA. He is also survived by his mother-in-law Lorraine Mathieu of Williston, VT, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a brother Michael Belida and his wife Pepper, and by a sister Belinda Belida.
Friends may call from 1 - 3 P.M. on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at the Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, 4670 Darling Hill Road, Newport, VT. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Hope Lodge, 237 East Ave., Burlington, VT 05401. A private burial with family will be arranged at a later date. On-line condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, locally family owned and operated.