On March 9, 2017, James L. Belote of Spireview Road in Ridgefield, CT, passed away after living a life where dedication, workmanship, and devotion were the main inspirations for all he did.
Jim was born on November 25, 1943, to parents Madelyn and James, who moved to Ridgefield shortly thereafter. As a child, Jim attended school at the Venus Building and spent his afternoons at the Ridgefield Boys Club, supervised by local and longtime friend Ralph Crouchley. (His lifelong love of and dedication to the club developed into him becoming a woodshop instructor for the members from 1957-1985, contributing both time and care into the lives of many.) After growing up in the town with his younger brother Tom (deceased), he attended and graduated from The Citadel (Class of 1966) under the direction and guidance of Lt. Colonel Thomas "The Boo" Courvoisie, a professor with whom he kept in touch with until the Lieutenant’s death in 2006.