Pierre Henri Belanger
Last updated 12/23/2020 at 4:48pm
It is with great sadness that the family of Pierre Henri Belanger, known to his friends as Pete, passed away suddenly at his home in Fallbrook, California, on Dec. 10, 2020. He was 72. Pete had been recovering from kidney surgery to remove cancer and was on the mend. He fought cancer for over 20 years and had beat it every time. It was pronounced that Pete died of natural causes.
Pete was the only son of Doris Claire (Roy) Belanger and Maurice Laurent Belanger, both deceased. He was predeceased by his sister Michelle Marguerite Belanger.
Pete was born in Fall River, Massachusetts, on July 27, 1948. He graduated from Monsignor Prevost High School, Fall River, in 1966. He went on to graduate with a BA in Political Science from Stonehill College, Easton, Massachusetts, in 1971. Pete also earned an AA in Transportation from La Mesa College in San Diego.
Pete joined the US Marine Corps to become an officer, ROTC, and was honorably discharged medically 2 years later for injuries sustained in training. He also spent a short time in the Peace Corps in West Africa.
Pete was a man of many blue collar trades and always worked hard to provide for his family. He was employed at Rocketdyne during the construction of the NASA Space Shuttle. He was also employed at Rockwell International in 1983 when Rockwell was building the B-1 Bomber; and then transferred to Boeing where he worked on maintenance projects with a Top Secret clearance.
He was a devoted member of the UAW (United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America) Local 887 Seal Beach Division. He was a proud Health and Safety Representative for the union during his time at Boeing. Pete retired from Boeing in 2010.
Pete will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 31 years, Pamela Belanger; his children, Eva Belanger (Vanessa), Nicole Paraiso (Benjamin), Matt Belanger, and stepchildren Kim Lewis Bailey (Cody) and Mike Lewis. He will be greatly missed by his beloved sister, Denise Belanger Rousseau, and his brother-in-law, Serge Louis Rousseau, and his nieces, Aimee Stenborg (Erick), Martine Rousseau (Jared) and Catherine Demirhisar (Kemal). Pete is also survived by his dear aunt, Muriel Roy.
Pete set in motion a beautiful family and will be fondly remembered by his 10 grandchildren, who call him "Pepere" – Quinan, Mickayla and Ellis Paraiso, Ronan Belanger, Bryce Belanger-Stahley, Olivia Ann Roller/Bailey, Nicholas Brody Bailey, Isabella Grace Bailey, Madilyn Paige Lewis and Londyn Faith Lewis.
Pete opted for cremation and will be buried at Mission San Luis Rey on Jan. 4 at 11 a.m. The service will take place outside of the "Our Lady of the Angels Chapel." Due to COVID, it will be a very small service with only close family members in attendance.
Pete was a gentle warrior, a humble man of great aptitude. He was peaceful and loving. He was an amazing deep sea fisherman, diver, swimmer, and he loved the sea. Most of all, Pete loved the Lord, God of Heaven. He was a man of great faith and trusted in all of God's ways. May he rest in peace, fishing in God's Heaven, knowing how loved he was and always will be.
If so obliged, Memorial donations may be made to any of the following nonprofits:
1. Fish For Life, https://www.fishforlife.org (Helps special needs children go fish!)
2. American Cancer Society, https://www.cancer.org/involved/donate.html
3. St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, https://www.stjude.org/give.html