OBITUARY

Richard Belson

May 25, 1951April 24, 2021

Richard Belson – of Peabody, entered into rest on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at the age of 69. Beloved husband of Roberta (Goldberg) Belson, with whom he shared 45 years of marriage. Devoted father of Kimberly & Bradley Mendel of Chicago, IL and Jaclyn & Jared Wilson of Swampscott, MA. Proud “Z” of Madison and Emerson Mendel and Edward “EJ” and Jordyn Wilson. The brother of Donald Belson of Beverly, MA. Dear son of the late Florence and Edward Belson of Swampscott, MA.

Rick grew up in Swampscott, playing high school basketball and meeting the love of his life, Roberta. He was a devoted fan of the Big Blue, Red Sox, and Celtics. He graduated from Boston University, and raised his family in Peabody. His career matched his personality with sales jobs in candy and moving, and manager/owner of multifamily housing.

Rick was a friend of everyone from the local sub shop owner to the tenants at his properties. He was the best to share a laugh with and serious conversation about your relationship or your career. As the son of a butcher, his passion for food and cooking was infectious. His love and commitment to his family could not be matched. Rick cherished the time he spent with family and friends, always making everyone he met feel important.

The Belson family is grateful for all the love and support his friends and family showed during the last few years. The conversations, games, and meals made his battle with sarcoma worthwhile until the last days.

Due to regulation imposed by the Coronavirus Pandemic services are private.

Please see link below to join live stream of service on April 28, 2021 at 11:00AM.

Rick showed incredible courage during his long and trying battle with sarcoma. He was grateful for the excellent care he received from his MGH Family and Care Dimensions. In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed towards Dr. Edward Choy @ https://giving.massgeneral.org/donate or https://giving.caredimensions.org/

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Jimmie Morrocco

May 5, 2021

My old friend Ricky,

I am so sorry for the news that you are gone. Though it had been a long while since we had seen each other, the many years of our friendship and the many photos I have of times together mean a great deal to me. They live as fresh in my memory as when they happened. And I know when we last got together those years of fun, laughs and our many talks were as fresh for you, too. I’m sorry for the gap in our years, Ricky. For many reasons, “life gets in the way of many things”. I know it to be true. And before we realize it, the years pass… until one day life throws a curve ball and someone special is gone.

There’s another saying we all intrinsically know, “Life is a gift that we keep for a while, but not forever.” Yes, life is a gift. You, too, my old friend, were a gift to many while you were here in life. And we are grateful for the paths traveled together with you, and for the ways you brightened our worlds. I’m thankful for the ways you brightened mine. And though my heart is sad…, happily, your name and picture will always have a place in it.

I also feel the deep loss for your dear family. You all shared a love and a bond for one another that was a great example to many. And now, losing you has left an undeniable crack in the armor meant to protect their hearts. However, I know you’re smiling knowing they will prevail. The crack will fill in and they will triumph, because of what you left them – all the shining gifts of the love, the bonds and values you exemplified. They will cherish and use those gifts beautifully and finely to put smiles back in their eyes and hearts and to carry them to happier shores where the sun will shine…, and where you will find a permanent place there to smile with them. Special blessings still abound for your wonderful family. They’re counting every one and rest assured… you are in the middle of them. You made them proud, Ricky…, very proud. So, do rest well and peacefully, my old friend.

Kenneth & Cindy Snow

May 4, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rick I certainly enjoyed our conversations. As others have mentioned about you and Roberta, Cindy and I have felt the same since we first met you both for coffee at MGH. It was your genuine and sincere way of caring about how we were doing as we shared our journeys, is just one of the reasons why we feel blessed to have had the opportunity to have spent the amount of time that we have shared. May I draw strength from knowing what you have endured, and I pray that our paths will cross again.

Larry Cutler

April 30, 2021

I am so proud of my best friend, Rick. His kindness has enriched so many lives.

Diane Singer

April 30, 2021

Sending my heartfelt condolences to the Belson Family. I have fond memories of Ricky visiting his Rutstein cousins & Newman cousins on Raymond Circle.
May his memory be a blessing.

Steven Singer

April 29, 2021

My condolences to the Belson family. I grew up with Rick in Swampscott. He is a distant cousin. We played a lot of hoops together and he was someone i looked up to in my childhood. He would be there if anyone wanted to pick a fight with me. He and his family lived down the street from me. We have seen each other only a few times over the many years that have passed since childhood, but he i never forgot him and what a great guy he was.

Sincerely,

Steve Singer

Ken Charak

April 28, 2021

Dear Roberta,
My deepest condolences to you and your family. Since those very first days of you and Ricky hanging out at Nahant Beach, it was obvious both of you shared a very special and inseparable bond. I will certainly miss the many tales Ricky would spin, especially one of the more recent ones about being drafted by the Celtics. Knowing Ricky, he already has that magical eternal ball in his hands and is looking for a game. He will takes all comers - black, white, brown, male, female, rich or poor - because that’s the type of person he was. May Ricky’s memory serve as a blessing to you and your family. Wish I was there to give you a big hug.
Much Peace and Love,
Ken

Jan and Doug Stoehr

April 28, 2021

Our sincerest condolences. May your memories be a constant loving reminder of all that you shared as a family.

Sincerely,
Jan and Doug Stoehr

Cynthia and Larry Greene

April 28, 2021

To the whole Belson family our deepest sympathy. Rick was such a great person as you already know. We all have great memories and a special story about Rick that will never be forgotten. Love you all.
Love
Cynthia and Larry

Helane and Bruce Abramowitz

April 28, 2021

I/we have so many wonderful memories. Rick always was a warm, engaging, caring man who made someone feel they were important. I remember his laughter, the way he loved to tease Roberta, Kim and Jackie, and the way he appreciated what he had. He touched everyone with who he came into contact.

I remember needing Roberta's help as a teenager one evening and even though I was 40 minutes away, Rick drove her out to be with me. Nothing was ever too much when it came to helping others.

I must say, I remember him with a smile in my heart and on his face.

Stephen Goldman

April 28, 2021

Roberta, I just wanted to extend to you our deepest sympathies. Ann and I enjoyed reconnecting with you and Ricky over the last few years and we will miss Ricky and his great stories very much. I hope that we can continue our reconnection with you with many dinners over the coming years. I hope to see you soon. Steve and Ann Goldman

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