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Joseph Anthony Belowch Jr.

August 17, 1943September 6, 2021
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Joseph Anthony Belowch Jr., known by many by his professional name Sonny Owens, passed away on Monday, September 6, 2021, at the Cleveland Clinic Tradition Hospital, Port St Lucie, from COVID at the age of 78.

He was born August 17, 1943, in Suffern, NY, the son of the late Joseph Anthony and Elizabeth (Wood) Belowch Sr. He attended Spring Valley High and fire classes at Indian River Community College. He received his First Responder Certification and was CPR Certified. He was a member of the Spring Valley Volunteer Fire Dept. and a member of the Jensen Beach Volunteer Fire Department. He was also a board member for MISS Organization (Mothers and Infants Strive for Success). He shared stories about his fire calls and the time he delivered a baby!

He had resided in Spring Valley, NY; Seaside Park, NJ; Lodi, NJ; Hagerstown, MD; Nashville, TN; Winston-Salem, NC; and in Florida - Hallandale, Hollywood, Ft. Pierce, Jensen Beach and Port St. Lucie. While in Spring Valley, NY, he would spend time visiting his grandmother in Suffern, NY where she would grow her own vegetable garden that they loved to pick from. Picking apples in the orchards in Rockland County. Played drums in the marching band, played guitar with his band at Club 15 & The Riverboat, plus many other places. A man of many talents, he also worked as a truck driver and heavy equipment operator. He worked for the State of Florida DOT, Dickerson, Gator Transport, WR Grace and Hudson Landscaping and Sod.

A lover of music, he played guitar and sang Country, Old Rock and Roll 50's 60's & 70's. He really loved playing Facebook DJ bringing memories back to all who listened. He loved sharing his memories about where he played music, the celebrities he played with and met, and the experiences he had in Spring Valley, Seaside, Nashville, Winston-Salem and Florida. He was also a caring family man especially spending time with his grandchildren.

Sonny is survived by his wife of 48 years, Caren Gail Sarrel Belowch; children, Edward Joseph Hayes and fiancée Heather LoPresti, Todd Edward Belowch and wife Amy LaBelle Belowch, and Gina Leigh Belowch; grandchildren, Cooper Owen Belowch and Cody Oliver Belowch; his nieces and nephews: Carolyn Spohler, Robert Spohler, Chuck Gannon and Debbie Spohler Wilson; his Sarrel nieces and nephews, sister-in-law Susan Sarrel Feingold and husband Mitch, Marla Sarrel, Ronald Sarrel and wife Gina, Lloyd Sarrel and wife Keely, Fran Sarrel, Rachel Sarrel Schmeltz and husband David and Michelle Feingold; great nieces and nephews, Wade Boucher, Dylan Spohler, Renee Spohler, Michael Gattuso, Jessie Wilson, Eric Sarrel, Jacob Sarrel, Julia Sarrel, Ava Sarrel, Matthew Sarrel, Erin Schmeltz and Sarah Schmeltz as well as his numerous friends that he loved so very much.

He was predeceased along with his parents, his in-laws Louis Sarrel and Frances Kaufman Sarrel, sister Joan Gannon, in-laws Seymour Sarrel, Enid Sarrel, Robert Sarrel, Charles Sarrel and Helen Sarrel, nieces and nephews: Carolyn Spohler, Bart Sarrel and Louis Sarrel.

The service can be viewed live by going to Aycock Funeral Home on our Facebook page.

Services

18 September

Visitation for Joseph Anthony Belowch Jr

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Aycock Funeral Home

1504 Southeast Floresta Drive
Port St. Lucie, FL 34983

18 September

A Celebration of Life for Joseph Anthony Belowch Jr

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Aycock Funeral Home

1504 Southeast Floresta Drive
Port St. Lucie, FL 34983

18 September

Graveside Services for Joseph Anthony Belowch Jr

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Fernhill Memorial Gardens & Mausoleum

1501 South Kanner Highway
Stuart, FL 34994

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Bill Andrews

September 17, 2021

It’s so tough saying goodbye to a friend of over 30 years. I met Sonny when I joined the Jensen Beach Fire Dept. Sonny and I became instant friends. Some of the funniest memories we’re trying to get Sonny to lie. I was trying to go to Indiana to see my girlfriend and my parents wouldn’t let me go. I asked Sonny to just tell my mom I was staying with him if she asked where I was, he started studdering and just couldn’t do it. The next time was having him pickup and deliver Thanksgiving dinner to my parents as we were driving in from out of state to surprise them. Mom kept asking him why he was bringing so much food. He couldn’t get out of there fast enough. It’s not goodbye my friend, just see ya later! I hope somehow we meet again! I know I’ll need a deal on a scanner at some point. Love, Bill and Stacey Andrews

Tommy LaBelle

September 17, 2021

He was a good man and will be missed! He always had a smile on his face and something good to say. Prayers for the family. RIP sir

Terry Weisbrot

September 17, 2021

Rest In Peace my old friend. I’ll really miss sitting in your music room playing guitars , singing, and laughing about the crazy things we did in the 60’s back in Rockland. Lots of memories to look back on.

cheri buescher

September 17, 2021

Sonny brought music to life!! I loved how he shared his knowledge of songs and musicians for us all. His daily music posts meant so much to me. I enjoyed evenings listening to what songs he posted for us to enjoy. I'm going to miss this and Sunny in my life!

Jim Beyer

September 17, 2021

Just saw this. Called him Sonny pooch. He lived right in back of me in Spring Valley New York. Always about the fires and the music. Sonny and the Sunliners. Gave me my first guitar. Talk about the day the music died. Rest in peace my friend.

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