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Gary W. Belcher

August 21, 2014

Gary W. Belcher

Gary W. Belcher, 68, Adams Cove, Pillar Point passed away Thursday morning, August 21, 2014, at his home under the care of his family and Hospice of Jefferson County.

At his request there will be no calling hours or funeral. Arrangements are with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown.

Gary was born in Watertown on February 5, 1946, son of Willard and Bertha Cushing Belcher and he attended Watertown schools.

On March 21, 1963 he entered the US Army. He was an engineer equipment mechanic for the Army, served in Vietnam, and retired from the reserves on March 20, 1969.

He married Nanette M. "Nan" Richie on October 24, 1981 in Watertown.

Gary worked as a heavy equipment mechanic on Ft. Drum after the service. He then was a foreman for the Dexter Hydro Development Group. He returned to Ft. Drum, and retired in May 2000. While at Ft. Drum he worked at Griffiss Air Force Base during the Iraq War, and received three civilian commendations and a "Outstanding Civilian of the Quarter" during the period of October 1-December 31, 1995. He was a member of the Dexter American Legion Post 673 and a former member of the Watertown Corvette Club & Rustic Golf & Country Club. He enjoyed golfing, custom muscle cars, boating, motorcycles, drag racing, distance running, skiing, weight lifting, and was a licensed scuba diver.

Besides his wife, Nan, Gary is survived by a brother Robert Champion Sr., Watertown, his Mother-in-Law June Richie, Watertown, his three children, Carla R. Welser, Theresa, Michael J. Belcher, Dexter, and Kellie L. Belcher, Watertown; six grandchildren, Stepheny LaVancha, Moriah McGhee, Arieannah, Michael, and Jaiden Mothersell, and Kiah Augustine; four great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins. His sister, Caroline, predeceased him in childhood.

Gary will be remembered as a "fun loving" man who was loved dearly by his family and friends, made many great lasting memories, and truly knew how to enjoy his life.

Donations in his name may be made to American Cancer Society, Attn. Relay for Life, Lisa's LuLu's, PO Box 357, Hospice of Jeffeson County, 1398 Gotham St., or Watertown Urban Mission, 247 Factory St., all in Watertown, NY 13601. Online family condolences may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#26 Peter Carbone 2014-09-08 20:22
I used to ride motorcycles with Gary (Leaky) back in the day (1968-69). He was handy with a wrench and was always helping one of the guys fix his hog. I think he got distracted during one repair session and lost a couple fingers. Although we went our separate ways he always recognized me if we met by accident. I'll be thinking about Gary, you were a good friend.
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#25 Dora Hanley 2014-08-26 17:07
I knew Gary in the 1970's, he was one of our "Commodore Crowd". Some of the best friends I ever had. He was kind and was protective of me . Fly High My Friend...we will join you sometime....
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#24 Mike Flavin 2014-08-26 09:22
I knew Gary back in the late 60s when he was riding motorcycles.
He was a great friend of my deceased brother Timothy.
Please accept my condolences at your loss.
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#23 Don Loomis 2014-08-25 14:59
Sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you.
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#22 marg dwyer 2014-08-24 14:45
Nan I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Gary, prayers to you and your family, He certainly enjoyed his life and family. l
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#21 Cathy Harding Coty 2014-08-24 13:43
Nan....I am so sorry to read of your husband's passing. I am thinking of you and the rest of your family at this very sad time.
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#20 Dick Harrison 2014-08-23 23:19
Nan, sorry for your loss.
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#19 Pam and Gerry kostyk 2014-08-23 20:31
Nan,Kelley and Mikey thoughts and prayers are with you and all families. What fun we had back in the day boating to Sacketts, stumble and shangirla also points unknown (because we didn't)! Gary was family first...he fought the good fight! Pam, Gerry and Keitha
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#18 Tom Charlton 2014-08-23 08:02
Nan, Sorry to hear about Gary, It was always a joy to see Gary @ the gym. From his knowledge about lifting to the great stories he shared with us, the guys always enjoyed working out along side him.
Our thoughts and prayers, Tom & Lynette
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#17 karen Greene 2014-08-22 23:14
Nan, I am so sorry! I can hear his great laugh as I think of him! He was a good man who loved his family so much!
Love ,
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