Chelsea, VT — John A. Bellefeuille, 94, a longtime resident of Chelsea, Vt., and Georgetown, Mass., passed away on Sunday, June 9, at Lawrence General Hospital, Lawrence, Mass., after a short illness.
He was born March 23, 1919, in Haverhill, Mass., and was the son of Joseph and Marie (Nolin) Bellefeuille. He was the youngest of four children. He was raised in Tunbridge, Vt., and worked in Vermont for many years as electrician, carpenter, plumber, and owned a television service and repair business. During WW II, he served in the U.S. Navy. In 1959, he moved to Georgetown, Mass. While living in Georgetown, he was employed by Western Electric, now Alcatel-Lucent, for many years until his retirement in 1981. Upon retirement he returned to Chelsea.
In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Shirley M. Bellefeuille; a sister, Madeline; and two brothers, Claude and Leo. He is survived by his children, Joseph and his wife, Carolyn of W. Boxford, Mass., Donald and his wife, Margaret of Haverhill, Judith Worrall and her husband, William of Georgetown, and Steven of Chelsea; his friend, Beth Plante of East Montpelier, Vt.; and Jeffrey Hedberg, who John thought of as a son, of Johannesburg, South Africa. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, of those great-grandchildren there are four sets of twins. A sister-in-law and several nieces and nephews survive him as well.
John gave much to his communities. After retiring from Western Electric he continued to serve on the Georgetown Board of Health for several years. He was the health officer in Chelsea and Tunbridge for several years. He also served on the Washington Electric Coop Board of Directors. In 2005, the Northeast Association of Electric Cooperatives honored John with its Senator George D. Aiken Award, given annually to honor lifetime achievements on behalf of rural electric cooperatives. He was particularly proud of being given the award by the late Senator Aiken’s wife, Lola. He very much enjoyed tutoring adults and out-of-school youths in his retirement.
While working at Western Electric as an electronics technician, he earned a degree in electrical engineering from Lowell Technological Institute. This achievement was rewarded with a promotion to associate engineer. He ultimately was promoted to senior engineer. By the time he retired, he was a licensed professional engineer and held a master electrician license.
ARRANGEMENTS: In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Central Vermont Adult Basic Education, 46 Washington St., Suite 100, Barre, VT 05641. A memorial service will be held at a later date.