Surrounded by his family, Daniel Joseph Belluz passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017.
He was born on Aug. 23, 1942 in Fort Frances, Ont. to Daniel and Dora Belluz (Yurchuk).
From a young age, it was evident Danny was an over-achiever when he began a paper route. Each week after collecting and receiving his pay, he would go to the store, buy a comic book, his much-loved candy, and pop, then proceed to go to the theatre and watch a movie or two; what he referred to as a double feature.
He continued his love of collecting, including comics, marbles, baseball cards, and coins.
When he was 15, he worked at the Westend Grocery doing whatever was required of him. From that experience, Dan developed an interest in being a butcher, and a distain for processing chicken. . . .
Dan attended St. Mary's Catholic School and then Fort Frances High School. When he was finished with high school, he left to pursue a career as a butcher for The Hudson Bay Company in Armstrong, Ont. Within five years, he was promoted to meat manager and then later manager of the grocery department in Nakina, Ont. in 1963.
This is where he met his “best friend,” Vuokko Kolehmainen.
One year later, he was transferred to The Hudson Bay Co. in Red Lake, Ont., still appointed as the grocery manager. During this time, some of his responsibilities were to relieve store managers in various northern communities.
In 1965, Dan married Vuokko (Vi) in Thunder Bay, Ont. In 1967, they were thrilled to welcome their first-born daughter, Patricia, therefore beginning a family.
In 1969 as a family, they moved to Winnipeg, Man., continuing to work for the HBC now in the main office for food buying. Deciding that a large city and a desk job was just not for him, they then moved to Manitouwadge, Ont. in 1970.
In 1971, they were blessed with their second daughter, Christina.
Within two years, Dan was given the opportunity to move back home to Fort Frances, franchised by Shaw Bakery as “The Holsum Bread Man.” Dan also worked delivering Hostess Potato Chips.
His girls have so many fond memories of accompanying him on his Saturday morning route, with the reward of enjoying Persians at the end of the day.
Later on, Dan began to work for Canada Safeway in the meat department as a butcher and before his retirement, he transferred to the produce department. This pleased him greatly as he could consume as much fruit as he wished but never a vegetable.
In 2003, he was overjoyed to become a grandpa to the light of his life, Reece, completing his family in the most perfect way.
Dan was an active member of any community he lived in. As a volunteer firefighter, paramedic training, Jaycees, being involved with UFCW as a union steward and negotiations committee, interest in local politics, Fort Frances Town Planning Board, Committee of Adjustments, Rainy River District School Board trustee for more than 25 years and chair of the committee for two terms, as well as a Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship volunteer.
In addition, he also truly enjoyed meeting with his 10 & 3 coffee group daily.
Once retired at the age of 63, Dan managed to always stay busy working outdoors, yard work, carpentry, or helping family and friends whenever needed.
Family was of the utmost importance to Dan. Numerous family vacations were taken from road trips to cruises. Going out Friday nights for supper, holidays, pool days, and Sunday dinners; really just any reason to get together.
Many days were spent at “The Farm.” Cutting wood, helping with the farm, or other various projects, always with loving banter between he and his brother, Jimmy.
Dan had many fond memories spending time with friends, boating, fishing, hunting, or just “up the lakes.” He loved sharing his knowledge and understanding of math, as well as discussing politics and current events with Reece. He was always proud of her accomplishments.
Dan was known for making the best and most massive bonfires to warm everyone after the family sleigh rides.
He was predeceased by his parents, Daniel and Dora; in-laws, Matti and Saimi Kolehmainen; brothers-in-law, Erkki Kolehmainen and Richard Rigey; aunts and uncles, Katie and John Fedoruk, and Annie and Freddie Gunderson; cousin, Catherine Melynchuk; and most recently, his niece, Kimberly Clendenning.
Dan will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Vi, of 52 years; daughter, Patricia Belluz-Cates, son-in-law, Doug Cates, and granddaughter, Reece; and his daughter, Christina.
He also leaves to mourn his brothers, John (Bette) and Jim (Glenda); sister, Doreen (Nick) Prystanski; sisters-in-law, Kaisa (Lauri) Penttinen, Ansa (Barry) Newton, Maija Rigey, and Lea (John) Hayes; aunt, Mary McKelvie; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The family would like to welcome you to a celebration of his life on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017 from 1-4 p.m. at his residence at 115 Sixth St. E.
If so desired, in memoriam donations may be made to Riverside Foundation for Health Care for the Chemotherapy Unit, 110 Victoria Ave., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 2C1.
Online condolences may be offered at www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com
We will forever miss that unmistakable one-of-a-kind chuckle. How lucky are we to have had something that makes saying goodbye so difficult.
We will love you for always.