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Lt. Colonel Joseph B. Bellino

Lt. Colonel Joseph B. Bellino
  • July 29, 1943 - August 28, 2020
  • Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

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“So sorry to just hear of Joe's passing. First a long time friend of the Panzero/Dell'Olio families, then of Joe, I remember him well as a straight up...Read More »
1 of 46 | Posted by: Tom Lanava - Friend

“Joe and Sue were fun, funny, warm, and loving to all. Their connection and their loving ways gathered an army of friends. We will miss this honest...Read More »
2 of 46 | Posted by: Mary DeFeudis - Northborough, MA

“My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Bellino Family and the 101st Tactical Control Squadron Family.I was a 19 year old airman when I arrived...Read More »
3 of 46 | Posted by: Michael Lombardi - Needham, MA

“Dear Nikki and family,Alan and I are so sorry to hear of Joe's passing...He was such a wonderful man...We will always remember his warm smile along...Read More »
4 of 46 | Posted by: Karen Modest - Boynton Beach, FL

“My condolences Nicky and family. In reading buetiful words about Joe . they are so true. He was a big part of my life growing up. He wanted the best...Read More »
5 of 46 | Posted by: Paul Delianedis - Mashpee, MA

“My heartfelt prayers of condolences to the entire Bellino Family and the 101st Air Control Squadron Family.May the Lord Our God, Jesus Christ comfort...Read More »
6 of 46 | Posted by: JOHN LEWIS

“Nicki, Jackie and family, I'm So sorry to hear of the passing of Joe. I'll always remember the family fun we had when we were kids. Live and prayers...Read More »
7 of 46 | Posted by: Rhonda Puglisi - Family

“To the Bellino Family, So sorry to hear of Joe's Passing. I was a classmate of Joe's at Sacred Heart and I would see him and Sue at Military Events...Read More »
8 of 46 | Posted by: John F Noone Jr - North Port, FL

“I am so sorry to hear of Joe's passing. Joe enlisted me in the Air National Guard so many years ago. Even though I was not in his unit I always...Read More »
9 of 46 | Posted by: Joe Corazzini - Mattapoisett, MA

“Prayers and love go out to Nicki, Tony, grandkids and extended family and friends. Joe and Sue will be remembered as being such a positive force in...Read More »
10 of 46 | Posted by: Angela Magill - Grafton, MA

“I am one of Joe's first cousins, Ed Paul of which he had several. In my younger years Joe & I were pretty close. Sometimes we would spend an over...Read More »
11 of 46 | Posted by: Ed Paul - Family

“My condolences to the Bellino family. Rest In Peace my friend. ”
12 of 46 | Posted by: Lanny Tower

“To the Bellino Family and Friends, Please accept my most heartfelt condolences, for the loss of Joe, was a loss for everyone who knew him. I served...Read More »
13 of 46 | Posted by: Stan Hilton

“Dear Nikki: you may not know who I am but I remember seeing you at Mt. Carmel each Sunday with your parents and your beautiful family. Your Mom and...Read More »
14 of 46 | Posted by: Maryann (LOsapio)Aslanian - MA

“My deepest condolences to Joe's family. Joe was a great inspiration to me during my 6 years in the Air Guard he will me missed deeply. My prayers are...Read More »
15 of 46 | Posted by: Bob Melancon - Worcester, MA

“Nikki,Tony and and familySo sorry for the loss of a great Husband,Dad and Granddad;he was loved by many of his friends and relatives.he always made...Read More »
16 of 46 | Posted by: Stephen Patti and Andrea Pezzella - MA

“So shocking and sad. An absolute wonderful man and Great Commander. Hugs kisses and smile will always be remembered. Rest In Peace my friend ”
17 of 46 | Posted by: Ralph Monfreda - Worcester, MA

“Nicky and familyWe will forever fondly remember the belly laughs, hugs, kisses, smiles, dinners at Leo’s, the rounds of golf; but most of all...Read More »
18 of 46 | Posted by: Ralph & Deb Sbrogna - Friend

“To Nikkie and family. Our hearts break for your loss and deep pain. Your folks were faith filled people who shared that faith with you. May God...Read More »
19 of 46 | Posted by: Joanne DErrico - Shrewsbury, MA

“Joe and I go back many years to Sacred Heart Academy, although he was a couple of years behind me. He never let me forget that I was older. He was a...Read More »
20 of 46 | Posted by: Edward Gardella - Worcester, MA

“Uncle Joe You you and auntie were always so good to me when I was a little kid and I will never forget you or the advice you would give as I got...Read More »
21 of 46 | Posted by: Michael Chionchio - Oakham, MA

“Dear Nicole & Family, so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. May he rest in peace. God Bless you. ”
22 of 46 | Posted by: Paul Spaziante - Friend

“So very sorry to hear of your Dad's passing, Nicki. I have so many fun memories of mixed doubles tennis parties with him and your Mom over the years...Read More »
23 of 46 | Posted by: Jane Umphrey - Shrewsbury, MA

“Nikki and Family, we are deeply saddened to hear of your dad's passing. He had an infectious smile, was full of love, a true gentleman and a great...Read More »
24 of 46 | Posted by: Vera Ilievski - Shrewsbury, MA

“Nicki and family I went to High School with Joe and my wife and I would double date with Joe and Sue , friends through the years and golf at the...Read More »
25 of 46 | Posted by: Ron Maloney - Friend

“Keeping the family of Joe and Sue in thought and prayer, for their loss. May the wonderful memories you share bring you peace. ”
26 of 46 | Posted by: Ray and Sally Trottier - Laconia, NH

“Joe was a good man and a great comander He will be miss,d by all the 101st personel ”
27 of 46 | Posted by: kevin Ahern - White Horse Beach, MA

“Nikki .... Sorry to hear of Joes passing .... Heart of Gold .... will be missed by many .... Rest In Peace my Friend and Hello to Sue ..... May His...Read More »
28 of 46 | Posted by: Ray and Kathy Esper - Friend

“Kathy and I wish to extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the entire Bellino family...May God Bless Joe now as he joins his beloved Sue in...Read More »
29 of 46 | Posted by: Paul & Kathy Tinsley - shrewsbury, MA

“Nicki, Tony, Anthony, Matthew, Joseph & Gabrielle-I am terribly saddened to hear about your Dad/Grand Dad. May all the wonderful memories you had...Read More »
30 of 46 | Posted by: Tracy Fortin - Kennebunkport, ME

“I was very saddened to learn of the passing of my good friend Joe. Joe was a wonderful guy in every way....a great family man, father, grandfather,...Read More »
31 of 46 | Posted by: Bob Moylan Jr - Friend

“I am your neighbor at 24 Venus. I am so sorry for your lost. My husband passed away in April of 2019. RIP Mr. Bellino ”
32 of 46 | Posted by: Faye DeSaulnier - Shrewsbury, MA

“Was shocked to hear of Joes passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you Nicki, Jackie and all. ”
33 of 46 | Posted by: Condy Rivard - Ft Defiance, AZ

“We met and worked closely with Joe and Sue for fundraising with the American Heart Association. They were a wonderful, warm, caring and compassionate...Read More »
34 of 46 | Posted by: Robert & Diane Harizi - Worcester, MA

“Nikki - I'm so sorry to hear of the death of your Dad. I'll always remember the good times we had watching our grandsons Joseph and Andrew play ball...Read More »
35 of 46 | Posted by: Christine Gulino - Shrewsbury

“Jeanine and I are extremely saddened to learn of Joe's passing but feel greatly enriched by his presence in our lives. Joe was a consistently...Read More »
36 of 46 | Posted by: Richard Eisenberg - Boylston, MA

“Dear Nicki,We are so sorry to hear about your Dad's passing. The Grden Family will keep you in our prayers during this very sad time. With love,...Read More »
37 of 46 | Posted by: Lynne Detarando Grden - MA

“Nikki and family, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Uncle Joe. I loved him and he was always the person that I would look forward to seeing...Read More »
38 of 46 | Posted by: Bria Bourque - Phoenix, AZ

“So sorry to hear about Joe. We'll remember his beautiful warm smile and greeting when he came to the club. Don and Sandy De Ciccio ”
39 of 46 | Posted by: Sandra Deciccio - Naples, FL

“Nikki, we were so sad to hear about Joe. He was a shining light for our family for so long in the old neighborhood. There's nothing he wouldn't do...Read More »
40 of 46 | Posted by: Donna Gravel - Naples, FL

“You were always a great guys and friend in highschool. You will be missed dearly...Sebastian Messina ”
41 of 46 | Posted by: Sebastian Messina - Classmate

“I'm so fortunate to have had Joe as my true friend. His laugh, smile and hug was one of a kind. He and Sue opened their home and lives to me and left...Read More »
42 of 46 | Posted by: Jean Taylor - Shrewsbury, MA

“Rest in Peace Joe ”
43 of 46 | Posted by: Sandra Wirtanen - Southbridge, MA

“Remembering so many of the good times we shared, oh so many!!! One of the best guys we ever knew. May you Rest In Peace ”
44 of 46 | Posted by: Dick & Deb Mazzola - Friend

“Our deep & heartfelt sympathy to Joes family One great guy A patriot Devoted dad grandfather & good friend to so many Joe RIP ”
45 of 46 | Posted by: Judy Fran Polito - Shrewsbury, MA

“I once told Joe and Sue upon the passing of their son that if I ever had lost my parents when i was young that they would be the two I'd choose. ...Read More »
46 of 46 | Posted by: leif rosseland - holden, MA


These days of social distancing are the antithesis to the person we knew and loved…Joe Bellino. Family, friend or stranger, any time you saw Joe, you were greeted with a huge hug and a kiss. Italian heritage through and through he and his wife, Sue, loved life and the many people in their wide range of friends. They lived a life of faith that promises a wonderful reunion in heaven for eternity. Sue was there to greet Joe with a long awaited welcome and perhaps a few choice words. They've rejoined their son, Joseph and members of the Bellino, Panzero and Dell'Olio families. What was once on earth continues now for them in heaven.

Joe died peacefully at home with family at his side on Friday, August 28, 2020 after a short battle with cancer. He was 77.

Born in Worcester on July 29, 1943 he was the son of the late Jackino and Esther (Russo) Bellino he grew up in the Greendale area of Worcester. At Sacred Heart Academy where he graduated, Joe was an All-Star basketball and baseball player. He earned his Bachelor's degree from St. Michael's College in Burlington, Vermont; graduating from the ROTC and entered into the US Air Force as an officer. Days after graduation, at his much loved Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, he married his high school sweetheart, Susanna M. Panzero on June 19, 1965. The two began their military journey stationed in Florida but after four years, made their way back to Massachusetts. Mount Carmel remained a big part of their lives. As teenagers, they spent every weekend on the dance floor at the Rec Center and later, Joe served on the parish council and the committee to help save the church from its closing. Their faith and love for their parish kept them grounded to their roots and sustained and guided them all their lives.

Their home on Vega Drive in Shrewsbury was the home that Joe and Sue built. Often the gathering space for good food, drink and lots of laughs; it was also where love lived.

Joe enjoyed a successful career as a Lt. Colonel with the United States Air National Guard serving as Commander of the 101st Air Control Squadron on Skyline Drive in Worcester. Joe led his squadron to the first and subsequent unprecedented Outstanding Unit Awards. He retired in 2004.

The consummate competitor, Joe was an avid tennis player who spent hours playing at the Shrewsbury Racquet Club. As his knees aged, he traded in his tennis racquet for golf clubs. He grew to love the game of golf and was a familiar face at The Haven Country Club in Boylston. Joe and his son-in-law, Tony whom he considered a son and friend won the Club Invitational in 2010.

Joe never needed to prove that family was the most important thing in his life. His relationship with his daughter Nicki was more than just that of father and daughter and even more-so since Sue's death in 2016. Joe had special and unique relationships with each of his grand kids. With Alyssa and Gabrielle it was going on dates where he set subtly instilled some sage advice about dating. With Anthony it was drink and cigar in the back yard and with Matthew is was time on the links playing golf. With Kevin they shared their love and talent for cooking; for Joseph it was being his biggest fan; coaching him from the sidelines in both football and lacrosse. Gifts given are gifts received.

Joe and Sue were a dynamic, fun and wonderful couple who enjoyed life…laughed…and lived each moment to the fullest. Joe's sense of humor was notorious as well. He was known to belly laugh at his own jokes; most of which were repeated to the same audience on more than one occasion. Joe became a father-figure to many, accruing a number of additional children & grandchildren over the years.

We know that for us life has changed, not ended. Joe's legacy lives on in his daughter, Nicole M. 'Nicki' Franzoso and her husband, Tony; his grandchildren, Anthony, Matthew, Joseph and Gabrielle Franzoso, all of Shrewsbury, Alyssa and Kevin Bellino and his daughter-in-law, Karen Senosk and her husband, Steve all of Boylston; his sister, Jacqueline Jacques of Worcester; cousins with whom he was very close including Louis & Laura Dell'Olio and Tony & Betty Chionchio; nieces & nephews and so many wonderful friends, including Rose Carelli of Shrewsbury.

Family and friends will honor and remember Joe's life by gathering for a viewing from 4 - 7 pm Tuesday, September 1st at The Haven Country Club, 369 Cross Street, Boylston. In accordance with regulations during this pandemic and adhering to capacity limitations the number of people in the building will be strictly monitored by funeral home staff. We encourage you to come but so as to accommodate the many people the visits will be limited.

His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday in Saint John's Church, 44 Temple Street Worcester at 10:00 a.m. Msgr. Michael Rose will officiate. Burial with military honors will follow in St. John's Cemetery, Worcester. Those unable to attend we invite you to view Joe's services by visiting http://distantlink.com/joyce.html at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, September 2nd.

In lieu of flowers memorials in Joe's name may be made to St. John's High School, Advancement Office, 378 Main Street, Shrewsbury, MA 01545 or Notre Dame Academy, 425 Salisbury St., Worcester MA 01609.

Arrangements by James & John Heald

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Saint John's Cemetery

260 Cambridge Street Worcester, MA 01603