Goodbye, Pop

My grandfather, Mike Belowich, Pop to all of us, waited just long enough to see all the kids on Saturday - we expect there was quite a family reunion in heaven this morning… Nana, Mom and Aunt Laurie waiting with Jesus to welcome him “home”.  So sad, yet thankful for the life of my pop. Eternal rest grant unto Him, O Lord…


Pop’s Obituary - Something I wish we never had to write or read…

Michael J. Belowich Chadwicks
Michael J. Belowich, 96, passed away on April 27, 2011 at the Lutheran Home in Clinton. He was born in Binghamton on September 20, 1914, a son of the late Michael and Kazimira Rumanovski Belowich and received his education in Chadwicks schools. During WWII, Michael served with the U.S. Army under General Patton at Normandy and was involved with the freeing of Paris as well as being a recipient of the Purple Heart. On August 14, 1945, Michael and the former Dorothy Hughes were married in St. Anthony of Padua Church in Chadwicks, a union filled with love and devotion until her death on March 26, 1993. Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a pole setter with Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. Pop was an avid outdoorsman, enjoying hunting, fishing and golfing. His memberships included St. Patrick’s-St. Anthony’s Catholic Church, E.L. Clonan Post 1000, Sauquoit Knolls Golf Club and I.B.E.W. He is survived by his sister, Irene Smoulcey of South Carolina, his son in law, Timothy Clive of Chadwicks, his six grandchildren and their families, Sean and Jennifer Clive and their children, Emma, Maggie, Brigid, Seamus, Eoin and Jerome, Michael and Lindsey Clive and their children, Landon and Ella, Andrew Clive and his fiancée Melissa Textor, Kari and William Lints and their son Wyatt, Devin Clive, and Jennifer and Stanley Jubis along with several nieces and nephews who were close to his heart. Pop was predeceased by his daughters, Linda Clive in 1997 and Lorraine “Laurie” Falvey in 2009, his sister Helen Grimaldi and his brother, Stanley. Special thanks to the breakfast group at Joan’s Diner - Patty, Earl, Rich, Tony and Kay.  Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 30 at 10:15 from the Smith Funeral Home, 3022 Oneida St. Sauquoit and 11:00 at St. Patrick’s-St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Clayville. Calling hours will be Friday from 4-7. Please consider donations in Mike’s memory to Willowvale Fire Company. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Pop, thank you for all you gave to us for so many years.  Always a smile.  Always a kiss.  The world is a little darker without you.  But heaven is joyful.  We will see you again someday.  We love you, Pop.

Goodbye, Old Friend

V1 – Goodbye, Old Friend.  Goodbye, Old Friend.
It seems so many years since we first met on the road to Heaven.
Goodbye, Old Friend

V2 - Goodbye, Old Friend.  Goodbye, Old Friend.
I’ve learned so much from you along the way to Heaven and I’m so thankful
For you, my Friend

Bridge - And when doubt and fear consumed me and I couldn’t find my voice.
Then your words they reassured me and helped me sing my song about heaven

V3 - Goodbye, Old Friend.  Goodbye, Old Friend
Until at last the road rises up to bring us home to Heaven…
‘Til then, my Friend
Goodbye, My Friend
God be with you, My Friend.
Goodbye, Old Friend.

© 2009, Sean & Jennifer Clive

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