Robert A. Belmont – January 6, 2018

Honeoye/Canandaigua/Victor: January 6, 2018 at age 89 years. He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, M. Helen (Turner) Belmont & his sister, Rita Shlesinger. Survived by his children, Bob (Amy) Belmont of Greenwood, SC., Don (Pat) Belmont of Nashville, TN., Sue Ras of Brockport, Anne (Jim) Dobbertin of Mendon. 7 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild. Brother, Donald (Sally) Belmont of Rochester. Sister, Mary Mack of Alexandra, VA. Brother-in-law, Bill Sheslinger of Alexandria, VA. Nieces & nephews. He was retired from Eastman Kodak Co. and was very active in community affairs in Ontario County.

Robert A. Belmont was born in Rochester, NY April 1928, the son of Frank and Elizabeth Richter Belmont. He served his country in the US Marine Corps from 1946 to 1948.His college education was at the University of Toronto from 1948 to 1952, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. Bob was a longtime employee of Eastman Kodak retiring in 1986. He served his community as Richmond Town Supervisor for 13 years, F.F. Thompson Hospital Board of Directors for 5 years, Chairman of the Ontario County Republican Committee for 5 years, served on the Ontario County Industrial Development Agency for 10 years, Finger Lakes Community College Foundation Board Executive Committee for 6 years, Board of Trustees Fingerlakes Community College for 9 years with being Chairman 1 year, President of the Bristol Harbor Village Association for 2 years, and several other boards and committees (ethics,environmental, zoning, etc.)

Friends are invited to attend his Funeral Mass, Saturday, January 20, 2018, 11 AM at St. Mary’s Church in Honeoye. Private burial, St. Mary’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Honor Flight of Rochester, PO Box 23581, Rochester, NY 14692 or at honorflightrochester.org . To share a memory or send a condolence, please visit: www.doughertyfuneralhomes.com

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17 thoughts on “Robert A. Belmont – January 6, 2018

  1. I had the privilege of working closely with Bob when he was a Trustee and I was President of Finger Lakes Community College. Bob and his wife Helen were two of the finest people I had an opportunity of working with during all of my working years. Bob was an outstanding FLCC Trustee and Board Chair. Both of us — and sometimes Helen too — traveled to Albany so many times for Statewide trustee meetings and meeting with our legislators. In addition, Bob was active with the national community college trustees organization and attended at least five to six national conferences during his FLCC tenure. I thank Bob and Helen for their support and their work on behalf of the college. Even more important, I thank them for being such outstanding people. I’ll always think so very highly of the two of them.

  2. As the founder of Bristol Harbour Village, I had the privilege of working with Bob when he was President of our 300 family Homeowner’s Association. Please allow me to share the following message I sent to Bob in 2010 when his wife Helen entered the Golden Gates.
    “July 27, 2010
    Dear Bob,
    In 1972, when we were dwelling on a symbol for BHV, a nun was visiting my mother who also lived at Bristol Harbour Village. I had just returned from a full day of meetings with our marketing and advertising specialists. One of the challenges was to find a symbol for the future of our Village. We were about to settle on a logo that showed the four-seasons – golf, lake, boating and skiing.
    I spoke of this challenge at dinner. The visiting nun looked up at a painting of a butterfly on the wall. It had colors of blue, green and white. She said, “There’s your symbol, a butterfly”. I said, “Why a butterfly?” She said, “Because a butterfly is symbolic of the Resurrection. And you are trying to get city folks to find a transformation from city life to village life on the lake.” And so it is with all of us. We must give up our lives on earth to be with God. And that is where Helen is. Helen was a saint on this earth as she is in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Fred & Helen Sarkis” (Bob, you now join your saintly Helen. Please be at the gate when, hopefully, those on earth who love you will join you and Helen).

  3. Mr. B loved his family and loved life. He was so proud of this children and grandchildren and served his country and his community very well. He will live in the hearts, souls and memories of those who knew him. He is finally with his lovely wife watching over everything!

  4. At times like these, I prefer to focus on the better times. Bob Belmont devoted the best years of his life to public service. What you saw in public was what he saw in private: a good, decent man who praised you when you were doing good and challenged you when you needed to improve. Bob was a true friend to me (and countless others) in this regard, and I shall always be grateful to have crossed paths with him in our lives. Our Town and County are much better places because of Bob Belmont’s caring type of leadership. He leaves some very big shoes to fill.

  5. Dear Belmont Family,
    We are sorry for the loss of your Dad. He was a great man. I had the privilege of working with him and he was very wise, considerate and kind. He always greeted you with a warm heart! He contributed a great deal to Honeoye which we are grateful for.
    Our deepest sympathies,
    Patti and Bil Saxby

  6. Anne and Family,
    So sorry for your loss. Your father’s spirit will live on in each one of you!
    I am sending many thoughts and prayers!

  7. i worked with bob in during his entire tenure as supervisor, both at the town and county level. in all my years of public service(37) i have never known an elected official who was as much of a gentleman as bob……he was always respectful, pleasant, outgoing, always interested in others and what they thought about issues and worked to find common ground/solutions…..in this day and age the world could use many more bob belmonts…..i will miss him and always be reminded of how supportive he was of me and the standard and example he set for public life by simply following the principal of always treating others the way you wanted to be treated.

  8. Bob was very graceful on the Board of Supervisors. He and my Dad often worked together on projects being adjoining towns. Condolences to the family

  9. Sorry for your loss. Bob was truly a community leader. He made a difference for the Town of Richmond and Ontario County. He was an inspiration in public office.

  10. Dear Belmont Family:
    My heart is heavy for all of you; but, it also has a smile knowing that Bob is back together with “the love of his life”, Helen.

    My sweetheart, Bob, passed on Monday night. It is comforting to know that Bob B was there at the gates ready to greet him with a Belmont handshake.

    God Bless to all, Shelby McGlynn

  11. Dear Belmont Family,
    So sorry for your loss. Your dad always was welcoming, and supportive to those around him. I always enjoyed running into him and catching up on your family, getting a warm hug and a big smile. Blessings to your family. Comforting to know that Bob is at peace.

  12. Our sincere condolences to the entire family. Bob was a gracious man & loving father to his children & his wife. He was a pleasure to converse with. He will be missed dearly by all. May the happy times & great memories keep him alive in your life.

  13. God, family, country with duty, honor and dignity. You will be missed but remembered deeply. A great friend in a time of need.

  14. Sue and fam, your Dad was one of the nicest, most caring men I have ever met. His love for his wife and family was so evident in everything he did and his smile was always warm and honest. I am so honored to have known him.

  15. I’m so sorry for your loss Don. You are loved. Prayers have been said for your father, you and your family.

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