BELFIELD, Father John H. “Jack”

BELFIELD, Father John H. “Jack”, died peacefully August 19, 2012 in Canton, OH.

He was born December 28, 1923 in Martins Ferry, OH. He was preceded in death by his loving parents, John Fisher Belfield and Loretta O’Donnell Belfield, and his dear sister, Agnes Belfield. He is survived by two sisters: Rita Whitlatch (Ray-deceased) of Sebring FL and Mary Christmyer (Harold) of Mentor, OH. Fr. Belfield also leaves behind his dear cousin, Pal Geho of Sebring, FL, family friend, Christine Jobson of Garfield Hts, OH, and a host of neices, nephews and friends who loved him and will miss him daily.

Fr. Belfield attended four seminaries in preparation for his vocation to the priesthood: St. John Vianney, Bloomingdale, OH, 1981, University of Steubenvil1e, Steubcnville, OH. Theological College, Washington. D.C., and Catholic University of America. He was ordained by the late Bishop John King Mussio of Steubenville, OH, May 31, 1958. His priestly assignments included teacher and vice-principal at Catholic Central High School, Steubenville, OH; on staff of the Steubenville Register; instructor at St. John Vianney Seminary; leader of the Jewish-Christian Secretariat; member of the council of priests; president of the Diocesan Priest’s Senate; coordinator of Diocesan Health Care and a member of the Diocesan Entertainment Commission. He was assigned to Holy Name Cathedral, Steubenville, St. Pius the Tenth, Steubenville, St. Agnes, Mingo Junction. St John Bosco Mission, Sardis; St. Mathias Mission, Freeport; Christ the King Mission, Tappan Lake and Chaplain/Client Advocate, Cambridge Mental Health and Development Center. In Cambridge, he was the chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Daughters of America., Scouting. and Hospice. Since his ordination, he has celebrated Mass in 29 countries, including Rome while on pilgrimages there. He retired December 23, 1993 and moved to Sebring, FL with his family where he played many rounds of golf and served as an assistant to the pastor at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church in neighboring Avon Park, FL.

Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Martins Ferry on Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 2 p.m., with Rev. Tom Marut as the celebrant.

Interment will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the day care center for adults with memory problems at Change of Pace, 4514 Hammock Rd., Sebring, FL, 33872.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Keller Funeral Home.

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