Joseph “Joe” Belush, 87, passed away peacefully on July 15, 2022 at home surrounded by his family. The oldest of five children, he was married twice in his lifetime and father to five children. He was also a long-time companion to Janet Hazen. An avid fisherman, hunter, gardener and horse better, Joe was known by many for his passion for traveling and friendliness.
With a long work history, he began working for Fred Vie’s farm in the 1960’s, then employed by Colgate University, held a position at Sheffields in Norwich, finally retiring from Oneida Limited after 25 years.
Predeceased by his parents Brownie & Nellie Belush, wives Florence Smith Belush and Josephine Ciminata Belush, brother Cleve Belush, sister Marjorie Pasachnik, son Robert Belush and great grandson Liam Matson.
Survived by his brothers Donald Belush & wife Cynthia, Roger Belush & wife Betty; his children, Gary Belush, Eileen Buell & husband Edward, Douglas Belush & wife Martha, Joanne Whitt & husband Jim, along with numerous nieces and nephews. “Grandpa Joe” or “Papa Joe” was loved by his many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Calling hours will be held at Burgess & Tedesco Funeral Home, Sherburne, NY on Friday, July 22, 2022 from 4pm-7pm. A private graveside service will be held at St. Paul’s Cemetery, Norwich on July 23rd. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Hospice & Palliative Care, 4277 Middle Settlement Road, New Hartford, NY 13413 in his memory.