Thursday, January 03, 2013


IVANO SAYS:  Those of us who attended Mission Hill Jr. High School,
 in Santa Cruz in the early 1950s will remember Harry and some of the difficult times he had there.  His Remembrance below was first published in the Santa Cruz Sentinel:    .  

Harry Belleville
December 26, 1937~December 29, 2012
Resident of Scotts Valley
Harry Clayton Belleville, Jr. was born on December 26, 1937 in Oakland, CA to Harry Clayton Belleville, Sr. and Helen Emma Wilder Belleville. He passed away suddenly in the Merced Mercy Medical Center on December 29th 2012. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Leotta L. Allman Belleville, sons, David, Raymond, Michael, and daughter Jennifer. Mr. and Mrs. Belleville have many grandchildren and have lived in the Scotts Valley area for over 30 years.
"Skipper" graduated Valedictorian, Montezuma School for Boys, Los Gatos and went on to study animal husbandry at Modesto Junior College. He then became a chicken rancher producing millions of eggs per week.
During his life, he worked a large variety of jobs throughout the country from steel worker to a card shill. He worked as a printer, a custodian, a truck driver for a winery, a youth detention counselor, and a jobber.
Skipper especially enjoyed his years as a zookeeper and loved working with animals. His entrepreneurial pursuits included building a greeting card company, owner of antique shops, melon stand operator, dry cleaner and becoming a published author.
He worked for multiple charities. His most satisfying work was taking a vow of poverty creating the community charity "The Society of Good Neighbors" and associated "Poor Man's Store". Under his leadership the charity had far more impact than the national or denominational charities in one of the poorest areas of Utah for several years.
Skipper left the world a better place.
Funeral service will be held Friday at 10am: Santa Cruz Memorial - Mission Chapel, 1927 Ocean Street (Ocean Street extension) Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Reception will follow at: Yan Flower Chinese Restaurant, 617 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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