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My beloved husband Antonio F. Garcia passed in May of 2017 it broke our hearts to say goodbye to a best wonderful husband best friend and father!! and to this day we his family miss him very much so, but a special thank you to the Bellows family and staff for their great work with professionalism and caring for our beloved Antonio it made this hard time much easier for us with their help in arrangements. Couldn’t ask for better people of love caring compassion for us and our families and friends thank you to Alan Bellows with great appreciation from the Garcia family god bless.
Mrs. Rita Garcia
A Tribute To A Dear Friend
When visitors enter Mount Saint Charles Academy, they encounter a hallway that leads to the Main Office.
On both sides of the wall hang pictures which tell something about the storied history of the school. Halfway down this corridor on the left is a photo of a classroom of boys taken some time in the mid 1940’s. There - right up front - sits a teenage Bill Belisle. The face peers into the camera - intense, focused, and serious.
Who could have thought that this would be the beginning of something so special for Mount Saint Charles- something that would go on for nearly 70 years and that would extend far beyond the boundaries of this school.
Flash forward to the mid 1970’s and Bill was back at the Mount, employed as the ice rink manager and as an assistant coach to the boys’ hockey team. I had just been hired as the Athletic Director a few years earlier, and now Mount was looking to hire a varsity hockey coach.
The administration decided to turn the program over to Bill Belisle, a decision that would put the school on the track that would lead to some of the most amazing of accomplishments and that would lead to the program gaining national attention.
A state championship win streak that would extend from the 1970’s and into the 21st century, players being drafted into the National Hockey League, players going on to play in the Olympics, and teams that competed for the National High School Championship.
During that time I often wondered how all of this could be actually happening. I often wondered-that there had to be some secret to this incredible success.
And always, as I searched for that key, I would fall back to some of the qualities that this man carried throughout his life - devotion to his God, devotion to his wife and sons and devotion to the young men that came to him to learn the game of hockey.
And I do not use that word “devotion” lightly.
Yes. he did remain intense, focused and serious throughout his life, but there was another side of him that perhaps only those close to him witnessed.
On the night when he would be honored for achieving the amazing plateau of 1000 high school hockey game victories, I sat with him in his office that was tucked away in the corner of the locker room for about 30 minutes and listened as he spoke of some of the many memories he had experienced as coach. There were times during that talk when he choked on his words and tears welled up in his eyes.
I was at this moment when I discovered something that I had been searching for- for the many decades that I had known him and worked with him.
That it was love that drove him.
Yes - love for his God, love for his family, love for his school, love for the game, and love for his many players.
I feel fortunate to have witnessed the power of this love - a love that could move mountains.
I feel fortunate to be able to say that he was a dear friend and that I will miss his presence in my life.
Mount Saint Charles Academy
The level of compassion and professionalism exhibited by the Bellows' family was astounding. The sudden arrival of our twin grandsons then the even more sudden loss left the family shattered and the Bellows family went above and beyond to take a burden away.
I cannot recommend this business highly enough. We appreciate everything they did for our family during this incredibly difficult time.
Our Dad passed suddenly and Allan was so empathetic, responsive and efficient during this unexpected and difficult time. We made some extra requests and Allan accommodated these without hesitation. His professionalism and expertise made this tragic situation a little easier for us.
I would like to thank Bellows funeral home for their professional work on my husband's funeral. :Brad Bellow had taken out all my worries and handled them all for me ,which was done so caring and with respect. I wanted for nothing. I asked and it was done. I would never have been able to keep it together without him. Thank you so much Brad and your staff..
Thank you for all your kindness in service and your sympathy and understanding during our loss of our brother. Friends, as we consider you both, are most important at this time.
It is with deep respect and profound gratitude that we are writing to you today. You went far and beyond all expectations. We did not fee this experience to be a business transaction, but a friend helping another friend getting through a bad time. Your staff is special. They embraced us with kindness and care. Thank you and god bless.
Thank you for making this very difficult experience a little easier. I found out that the loss of someone I loved so dearly was softened somewhat by your caring nature. You made it bearable for my children and myself, and still maintained that professionalism so important in this instance.
Thank you so much for everything you did for me and my family on behalf of my mother. Although it has been the single most difficult time in my life, I was comforted by the fact that plans had been made previously which allowed for an easier transition, and you and your staff took care of all our needs.
I would like to thank Brad for all he did for my family in this difficult time. I would also like to thank him for having the stone engraved for me. It was so kind of him. Thank you!
My mother and father pre-planned the arrangements, and my family and I appreciated this very much. Thank you so much
Bellows continues to give outstanding service, and has been chosen by our family for many years
Since we went with a cremation option, our needs were simple and they were handled with compassion and professionalism. Thank you.
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"Thank you for your assistance and the beautiful services throughout the wake and funeral. Your comforting guidance is greatly appreciated by all my brothers and sisters. Thank you from the bottom of my heart."
"I would like to thank you and the entire staff at Bellows. Every detail of my Mom's funeral was addressed with care, kindness and expertise. We all were so relieved to see how beautiful and peaceful she looked. It set the tone for the entire day."