Wednesday, January 27, 2016

No Other Man Compared To My Dad ... Except George.


BOARDMAN – George P. Bellino, 81, passed away on Saturday morning, Jan. 23, 2016.

George will always be remembered and loved by his family and friends for being so sociable and generous towards others, along with his unforgettable smile.

He was born Aug. 31, 1934, in Youngstown, the son of Joseph and Rose (Giampetro) Bellino, and was a lifelong area resident.

George was a graduate of East High School, where he lettered in golf along with leading the Golden Bears to a State Championship and he then continued his studies at The Ohio State University.

He was a proud U.S. Army veteran, having served in Alaska during peace time.

Upon his return from the Army, after proudly serving our country, George’s career began as head golf professional from 1963 to 1975 at the Henry Stambaugh Golf Course, before joining Tippecanoe Country Club. In 1980, he was named Northern Ohio PGA Club Professional Player of the Year. He played in several tournaments on the regular pro tour for a number of years. Some of his most notable events are qualifying for the U.S. Open three times, the PGA 11 times, the British Open at St. Andrews in 1970, the Canadian Open in 1971, the Senior PGA 14 times and the U.S. Senior Open. George had many tournament victories and they included winning the Ohio Senior Open Championship in 1987, the Erie Classic in 1976, the Youngstown Open, the Cleveland Open, the Akron Open and the Tigertown Open. He also qualified for the Ohio Challenge Cup for 15 consecutive years, winning the Open Title four times and won the Northern Ohio Championship in 1968 and 1988. George was named the Senior Player of the Year in 1986, 1988 and 1997.

George received the honor of being inducted into the Curbstone Coaches Hall of Fame, the East High School Hall of Fame, the Northern Ohio PGA Hall of Fame and the Ohio Golf Hall of Fame, but he was also very proud of his 13 hole-in-ones that he accomplished throughout his career.

George was a member of St. Christine Church, the Kiwanis Club on the east side of Youngstown, the Arco Club and the Golden Bears (East High School) Monthly Dinner Club that was held at the MVR.

He leaves behind to hold on to his precious memories, his beloved wife of over 54 years, the former Mary Ann Wydick, whom he married on Oct. 28, 1961; two sons, Robert (Jacqueline Cunat) Bellino and Ronald (Lynley Pavkovich) Bellino both of Canfield; a daughter-in-law, Lucinda Bellino of Vermont; a granddaughter, Grace Michelle Bellino; and a sister, Mary Francis Pollifrone.

Besides his parents, George was preceded in death by a son, Dr. Richard Bellino; three brothers, Dr. Frank, Peter and Joseph Bellino; and two sisters, Madeline “Lena” Hrehovcik, and Isabel Bellino.

Per George’s request, a caring cremation has taken place and a memorial Mass will be held at later date.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the professional care of the Rossi & Santucci Funeral Home, 4700 Market St., Boardman.

Family and friends may visit to view this obituary, sign the guest book and send condolences to the Bellino family.

“An Admirable Man”

If a man is honest with others and with himself…

If he receives gratefully and gives quietly…

If he is gentle enough to fell and strong enough to show feelings…

If he is slow to see faults of others and quick to discover their goodness…

If he is cheerful in difficult times and modest in success…

If he does his best to be true to his beliefs…

Then is truly an admirable man…

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