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Richard Bellino

Richard E. Bellino

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Hugh Joseph Sweeney

Hugh Joseph Sweeney

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Richard E. Bellino

Richard E. Bellino, 53, passed away Friday, Aug. 14, 2015 at his home in Essex after a courageous 10-year battle with brain cancer. Richard was a humble, honest, loving husband and father who will be greatly missed.

He was born July 17, 1962 in Youngstown, Ohio where he grew up and graduated from Boardman High School. Richard went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Y.S.U. and his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Case Western Reserve University. The beauty of Vermont drew Richard to the Champlain Valley where he practiced dentistry in Essex Junction from 1995 until his retirement in 2013. Richard was very fond of his patients and aspired to treating all of them like family.

His kindness and generosity made Richard eager to lend a helping hand and he never expected anything in return. Richard enjoyed being outdoors and surrounded by the beauty that nature offered. Whether he was working in his yard in Essex or walking on a trail, Richard was simply pleased to be outside no matter the season. He loved boating on Lake Champlain, skiing, and hiking. After nearly 20 years of living in Vermont, Richard never became one bit less impressed with the striking Vermont landscape and routinely remarked at how lucky he was to live in such a beautiful place. His sense of adventure inspired annual family vacations where Richard took pleasure in exploring new destinations and making precious memories.

Richard is survived by his beloved wife of 17 years, Lucinda, and his adoring daughter Grace, 15, of whom he was so very proud. Their happy home was completed with their pets Natasha and Kitsy, who will miss Richard’s loving attentiveness and gentle ways. He leaves to cherish his memory: parents George and MaryAnn (Wydick) Bellino, a brother Robert and his significant other Jackie, a brother Ronald and his significant other Lynley, father-in-law Louis Vari, mother-in-law Nancy (Carney) Vari, brother-in-law Louis Vari, Jr. and brother-in -law Patrick Prokop. Richard held a special place in his heart for his sister-in-law Michele (Vari) Prokop, and his niece Emma, 4. She was never shy about telling people that Richard was the “best uncle and could fix anything.”

Richard’s family would like to thank his extraordinary medical team led by Dr. Diane Rippa and Dr. Patrick Wen and including Dr. Peter M. Black, Dr. Zail Berry, Dr. Keith Nagle, Dr. Dennis Sanders and Dr. Thomas Roland. Richard would also want to extend gratitude to the exceptional people from the VNA who allowed him the comfort of spending his last weeks in the home that he so dearly loved: Kelly, Charlotte, Maija, Violetta, Deb, and Tom. They were angels in Richard’s last days as were the family, friends and neighbors that took the time to visit him.

Per Richard’s request, no visiting hours will be held. A memorial service will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Friday Aug. 28, 2015 at St. Pius X Church in Essex.

Please consider a donation in Richard’s memory to VNA of Chittenden County, 1110 Prim Road, Colchester, VT 05446 or Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via www.dana-farber.org/gift. Arrangements are being made by A.W. Rich Funeral Home. The family also invites you to share your memories and condolences by visiting www.awrfh.com.

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Hugh Joseph Sweeney

Laconia, N.H. — Hugh Joseph Sweeney Jr. 65, of Long Bay, formerly of Essex, Vt., died Aug. 18,2015 at Lakes Region General Hospital.

Hugh was born June 26, 1950 in Boston, Mass., son of the late Hugh J. and Marie Gloria (Purtell) Sweeney. Hugh grew up in Westwood, Mass. He attended Xaverian Brothers High School and Northeastern University. He was an electrical engineer and quality manager at IBM for 42 years. Hugh enjoyed boating on Lake Champlain and Lake Winnipesaukee, cooking, skiing, traveling, golf, softball and New England sports. Hugh was also active in the Essex community, having served as a selectman, on the zoning board and the planning commission.

Hugh is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Dianne (Buckley) Sweeney, a daughter, Erin Sweeney of Huntersville, N.C.; a son, Chris Sweeney of Brooklyn, N.Y., three sisters, Jane Sweeney of Quincy, Mass., Eileen Howell and her husband David of Stoughton, Mass. and Anne Pinkham of Quincy, Mass. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his brother, Michael Sweeney and his brother-in-law Jeffery Pinkham.

Services will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to the New Hampshire Humane Society, P.O. Box 572, Laconia, NH 03246.

Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial please visit www.wilkinsonbeane.com.