ATHOL- Maurice (Mo) J. Belletete, 94, of South Athol Road, died Monday morning, May 30th at Heywood Hospital in Gardner with his daughter Ginger at his side.
Born in Ashburnham, MA on September 13, 1927, a son of Louis E. and Emelienne (Charland) Belletete.
Maurice joined the United States Army on August 6, 1946, and was sent to Korea where he became a Military Policeman working with the 17th Infantry Regiment. He received an honorable discharge on January 22, 1948. After returning home, he was involved with Civil Defense during the 1950’s-1960’s.
On February 3, 1951, he married his soul mate, Barbara A. Partridge, in Orange at St. Mary’s Church. He enjoyed 64 years of wedded bliss before she passed.
Mo worked at the L. S. Starrett Company as a precision machinist from 1952 until he retired in 1989 (37 years). Through all types of weather, he drove his 1970 Honda Trail bike (mini bike) to and from work.
He was an avid motorcycle rider, enjoying his 1992 Kawasaki Voyager 12 with his loving wife Barbara in the side car. They travelled across the United States and Canada experiencing life as it was. They also enjoyed many vacations in the car with family and friends. Cruising was as much a part of their lives.
He enjoyed all types of dancing- square dancing, country western, etc.
Maurice was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and The Moose.
Maurice was a devoted husband, a warm and loving father, grandfather and great grandfather.
He loved his family and lived for his four cats- Baby, Fifi, Angel and Coco, always putting them first.
Maurice leaves behind his daughter Ginger Thompson and her husband, Dennis W. Sr., of Athol; a son, Jay A. Belletete and his wife, Jennifer, of Johnston, RI; four grandchildren, Dennis Jr. and Brandi Thompson, of Athol, Cyrena (Belletete) Degnan and her husband, Greg, of North Smithfield, RI, and Nicole (Belletete) Palazzo and her husband, Matt, of Johnston, RI; seven great grandchildren, Tonisha, Phoenix, and Laine Thompson, and Sky, Cody, Justin, and Winter Degnan; as well as many nieces and nephews and one sister, Marguerite Miille of Leominster.
Maurice was predeceased by his wife, Barbara, sisters, Yvanna Leger, Cecile Carrier and Madeline Belletete, as well as brothers, Lionel Bell, Paul and Albert Belletete.
There are no calling hours.
A service will be held on June 9, 2022 at 2 p.m. at the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 111 Glenallen Street, Winchendon, MA.
Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main Street, Orange, is assisting the family.
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