John Stephen Belmonte

Born: Sun., Jan. 12, 1947
Died: Fri., May 17, 2019

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John Stephen Belmonte, 72, of Brentwood, NH passed away peacefully on May 17, 2019 at Portsmouth Regional Hospital after fiercely and bravely battling a long illness.

A native of East Boston, John was a graduate of East Boston High School and earned a BA from Leslie College. He built a career at Polaroid where he worked as a production manager for thirty-five years and where he also formed incredible lifelong friendships.

John was born on January 12, 1947, the youngest son of the late Theresa (Sepe) and Louis Belmonte. He was married to his wife of 48 years, Rita (Aluia) Belmonte, who tirelessly and steadfastly cared for him, especially in the last year. They enjoyed many wonderful years raising their children in Andover, MA. He is survived by daughters, Lisa Belmonte of Newmarket, NH and Kristin Belmonte and her partner Sean Croteau of Brooklyn, NY. He was the adored Papa of Olivia (12) of Newmarket and August Croteau (4) of Brooklyn.

John is survived by his eldest brother, Louis R."Buddy" Belmonte and wife Janice Belmonte of Windham, NH, and sister Diana Reppucci and husband James Reppucci of Melrose, MA. He is also survived by five nephews, two nieces, and many dear cousins.

His sense of humor, love of good food, disarming smile, and inspiring resilience were John's trademark qualities. Always full of advice and opinions, John cherished time talking with neighbors, friends, and family.

To the exceptional nurses and doctors of Portsmouth Regional Hospital who went above and beyond for John and his family, our deepest gratitude and appreciation.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society or St. Jude Children's Hospital.

A private gathering is planned to honor John.

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Russell and Barbara McDonnell
   Posted Tue May 21, 2019
Our deepest sympathies for the family and friends of John Belmonte.
Many years ago I met John when he interviewed me for a position at Polaroid. Although I explained problems I had getting work in the past, his understanding and professional compassion opened the doors to my dream careers that spanned the next 30 years. I am deeply indebted to him.
Now he has left the bonds of this life to reside in the light of God's eternal love. Thank you so much, John. Rest in Peace.

Lynnette Vonkriegenbergh
   Posted Wed May 22, 2019
Rita and family, I'm am so sad to hear of John's passing. He was a great guy but he is at peace now. I'm sure you have alot of great memories of John that will help you get through this most difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Love Lynnette

   Posted Wed May 22, 2019
Rita and family, my condolences to you and your family. For the short period of time that I got to know John, he was a good man and sorry we were not able to see you more. I am thinking of you and would love to see you sometime this summer. Please remember that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Diana & Tom

Judy and Paul DiDonato
   Posted Thu May 23, 2019
Rita and family, We are so saddened to hear of John's passing. Although we haven't seen him in years, we have fond memories of him and of his sense of humor. Please know you are in our thoughts and may he Rest In Peace.

Ruth Anne (Buttlar) Shea
   Posted Thu May 23, 2019
I was so sorry to hear of Jon’s passing. I have such good memories of working for John at Polaroid. He was always challenging me to do better. I’m sorry we lost touch but have thought of him often. Rest In Peace John. Keep them laughing. My thoughts and prayers for you and your family

Joe and Mary Brandl
   Posted Thu May 23, 2019
Dear Rita and family, our deepest condolences to all of you. John's passing came somewhat as a shock to us. Rita and John were the first ones to invite us into their home after we had moved into their neighborhood and we have been friends ever since. We very much enjoyed the dinner discussions, fun and nice evenings we had together with him. He will be truly missed but we take comfort in the knowledge that he is in a better place now.
Love, Mary and Joe

Toussaint (Touie) Jackson
   Posted Thu May 23, 2019
To the Belmonte family, it is with my deepest sympathy, and prayful thought, that I've just learned of John's passing. Please know that John is in a better place, with no pain or suffering.I worked directly under John's leadership, for several years. He was a wonderful mentor, as well as a great supporter, for those of us that wanted too try something new. I remember the fun times, and the sometimes very crazy times, that we went through in trying to make our camera quotas, that we had when we were at POLAROID.

John my friend, may you rest in peace. GOD BLESS you and your family.

Touie Jackson

Angela Manganiello
   Posted Thu May 23, 2019
Dear Rita: So sorry to hear of your husbands passing. Prayers to and the rest of the family

Beverly Carothers
   Posted Fri May 24, 2019
Rita and family,
I was and am so sorry to hear of John's passing. I have so many memories of working with John as supervisors at Polaroid. May God bless you and John. Bev

Linda Trainer Gallo
   Posted Mon May 27, 2019
I am so very sorry to hear of John's passing. A 1964 Eastie classmate of John's.

Dolores & Jim Collins
   Posted Mon May 27, 2019
Rita & Family

We were sorry to hear of John's passing. John will truly be missed by all that knew him. A true gentleman and always a pleasure to talk too. We have many memories of good times that we had the opportunity to spend with John on many happy occasions. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Love, Your friends Dolores and Jim

Pam McAvoy
   Posted Wed May 29, 2019
My thoughts and prayers go out to all of John's family and friends. I had the pleasure of working with John for a short time but enjoyed our conversations. He was a fighter, yet a kind and caring man. He will be missed by many I am sure.

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