OBITUARY

Mrs. Louise G. Bellport

January 29, 1925May 9, 2018

Louise Bellport, 55 year resident of Shoreham Village, passed away on May 9, 2018 at the age of 92 in the company of family. Louise was born in Peoria, IL in 1925 and raised in Minneapolis, MN. Always a voracious reader, she was a high school Salutatorian and earned a Bachelor Degree from the University of Minnesota. She married Charles Porter III, a nuclear physicist, and after living in Boston MA , Helsinki Finland, Los Alamos NM, and St. Paul, MN, they moved to Shoreham Village in 1960. Her husband worked at Brookhaven National Laboratory and was a co-formulator of the Porter-Thomas Distribution, a fundamental property of physics. Charles Porter III died in 1964 leaving Louise with three young children. She then returned to being an elementary school teacher, a profession she had followed before the birth of the children. She was a fourth grade teacher at Shoreham Elementary School where she met, and married, the other fourth grade teacher, John Bellport. Louise and John were at the center of the Shoreham Country Club and Shoreham beach scene for many years. In season they could be found at Shoreham beach every day. Louise, who was a Democrat, and John who was a Conservative party member who eventually served as a Brookhaven Town Councilman, were a dynamic couple. John, who passed away in 2008, always referred to Louise as “the main event” and so she was. They were both crazy about the beach and spent winters in Big Pine Key, FL going to Bahia Honda Beach State Park every day. Louise became close with the gate guards there and baked them pumpkin bread often. Louise was an active swimmer, tennis player, and in her later years, a cyclist. She loved long walks as well, especially along the beach, in all seasons. She had a monster collection of beach glass found over her many years of beach combing and she kept it in about 50 clear glass carafes proudly displayed on her Shoreham back porch. She is survived by three children from her first marriage: Charles “Chick” Porter IV, Katie Polk, and Richard Porter. In addition she is survived by Patrick Bellport, of her second marriage. She has eight grandchildren: Charles “Charlie” Porter V, and Vivian Porter, children of Charles Porter IV and Mary Porter; Magnolia Porter, Delaney Porter, and Olivia Hart-Kobel, children of Richard Porter and his wife Marion Hart; Abigail Bellport, Isabel Bellport, and John Bellport, children of Patrick and Maria Bellport. She also has one great grandchild, Luzmira Porter, daughter of Charles “Charlie” Porter V and his wife Paula Vecino. She will be greatly missed by all.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, May 11, 2018
  • Visitation Friday, May 11, 2018
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Mrs. Louise G. Bellport

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Ann Wheaton

May 13, 2018

In the early days of our marriage, when Jonathan and I lived in New York, your mom and John welcomed the two of us on more than one weekend trip out to Shoreham. I sometimes worried we might be imposing, but your mom always put me immediately at ease. She made me feel like one of her kids--even hinted I could do the dishes if I really wanted. She lived for the meals around that big dining room table, a good laugh and a walk on the beach. I can hear her saying, "I'm going down to the beach if anyone wants to come."

I miss you, Louise.

R F

May 11, 2018

Katie, Please accept my deepest regards for the unimaginable loss of such a wonderful person as your mother Louise. Louise lived a long and exciting life . My hope for you, your siblings, your families and relatives is for the God of the heavens to bless all with calm hearts, comfort and peace during this difficult time, and on into the future. Isaiah 57:15

FROM THE FAMILY