BEVERLY - It is with great sadness that the family of J. Rudolph “Rudy” Belleau of Beverly, MA announce his passing on January 3, 2021 at the age of 96, following a brief illness. Rudy Recently lost his wife of 73 years, Beatrice who passed away in November.
Born and raised in Salem, as the son of the late Theophile and Albina (Audet) Belleau, Rudy attended Salem Public Schools prior to enlisting in the Air Force during WWII where he flew combat missions in Europe with the 15th Air Force Division.
Upon his discharge from active duty in 1945, Rudy continued his education at Franklin Institute, Northeastern University and Boston Architectural Ctr., which led to a 35 year career as a senior project architect with the Boston firm Metcalf & Eddy, for whom he led design team projects throughout the Northeast, Chicago and California.
Rudy enjoyed the outdoors, particularly the New England coast, and the mountains of New Hampshire where he often skied with his family. He competed in tennis matches whenever and wherever he could find a willing partner. After spending their early retirement years in Londonderry NH, he and his wife moved to Colonial Gardens in Beverly where they continued to enjoy their time together and made many new friends.
Rudy will always be remembered for his kindness, his gentle demeanor, and most of all for his love and support of family. All who came into contact with him would remark on what an outstanding and kindhearted person he was. Rudy was respectful and a true gentleman and he instilled that respect for others on to his children.
Rudy leaves two sons, Bradley and his wife Deborah of Danvers, Mark of Newburyport, and daughter Susan Lustig and her husband Geoff of Lynchburg VA. In addition to several nieces and nephews, he also leaves grandchildren Rachel Brown, Michael Belleau, Russell, Adam and Eric Lustig, as well as four great-grandchildren who lovingly called him “Pepere Rudy”. Rudy is also predeceased by his brother Emilio “Meo” Belleau and sisters Fernande Labrecque, Leonette Strout and Simone Strout.
ARRANGEMENTS: Due to COVID restrictions, services will be private, with a memorial service honoring, both Rudy and his wife Beatrice will be held at a later date. Assisting the family with the arrangements is O’Donnell-Cremations-Funerals-Celebrations, 167 Maple St., Danvers. Sharing written remembrances and condolences, during this time will be essential in helping Rudy’s family reminisce, celebrate and heal. We encourage you to share your memories by visiting his eternal tribute at www.odonnellfuneralservice.com
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