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Clement 'Jack' Bellairs III, 92; World War II Veteran, Retired Conrail Employee

Calling hours will be held Thursday, June 12 with the funeral scheduled for Friday, June 13.

Clement 'Jack' Bellairs III.
Clement 'Jack' Bellairs III.


From Legacy.com

Clement Kenrick "Jack" Bellairs, III, of Stamford passed away peacefully on Monday, June 9, 2014 at Stamford Hospital.

He was born in Stamford on May 19, 1922 to the late Clement Kenrick Bellairs, Jr and Catherine Russo Bellairs.

Jack was a graduate of Stamford High School, Class of 1940 and then attended NYU before enlisting in the US Navy at the age of 19 in July of 1942. It was his " Unique experience of fighting the 4 enemies of America", he fought against the French, Italians, Germans, the Japanese and blew up the German U Boat U593. His WW II experience was serving on the USS Wainwright-DD 419 and the USS Genesee AOG 8, Gasoline Tanker, while his Korean War experience was serving on the APD USS Liddle as a Descort Escort. He also received the Good Conduct Medal, Victory Ribbon, Philippine Liberator, 1 Star, Asiatic Pacific Ribbon, 1 Star and the European African Middle Eastern Ribbon, 2 Stars. He looked forward and participated in the Memorial Day Parade in Stamford by wearing his WW II veterans cap and driving his 1961 Ford Thunderbird with pride.

After serving in two consecutive Wars, Jack returned to work with the New York-New Haven & Hartford Railroad of which then became a Shop Assistant Manager at Conrail for 42 years before his retirement in 1982. He then went to work at Stamford Boats where he "created the owner", his son Clem.

Jack was an avid Giants fan, enjoyed watching his grandchildren play sports, gardening, flowers,animals, playing solitaire, reading and cigars. He was a devoted husband and loving father who enjoyed music and dancing with his wife Peggy and his daughter Jackie. In 2001,after losing his son in law, he became a surrogate father to his Arcano grandchildren. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Veterans and the Eastside Cardinal Club. He lived his life by the words of Edgar Cayce.

Jack is survived by his loving wife of 66 years, Marie "Peggy"Signorile Bellairs of Stamford, beloved children Jacqueline B. Arcano of Stamford, Clem Bellairs, IV of Stamford, Michael Bellairs and Roula Jordanides Bellairs, (Jack's favorite Greek) of Norwalk. Also surviving are his loving grandchildren Frank Arcano,III, Blair M. Arcano, Michael C. Arcano, Michael Bellairs,II and Jordan Clement Bellairs and Jack's good friend Robin Artz.

Besides his parents, Jack is predeceased by his infant son Kenrick M. Bellairs, two sisters Mary Coyle, Jean Stobbie and his son in law Frank Arcano, Jr. and his favorite canine companion Daisymae.

A funeral procession will be leaving The Nicholas F. Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Myrtle Ave., Stamford on Friday, June 13, at 11:10 AM for a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 12 PM at St. Mary's RC Church, 566 Elm St., Stamford. Interment will follow at Fairfield Memorial Park, Oaklawn Avenue, Stamford. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday, June 12, from 4 - 8 PM.

To leave online condolences, please visit www.cognetta.com.

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