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John W. "Noko" Bellan

April 21, 1946 — January 18, 2023


John W. "Noko" Bellan, Of Marlboro, formerly of Waltham and York, Maine, Died Wednesday, January 18, 2023 at UMASS Medical Center in Worcester. He was 76.

The son of the late Harry and Winifred (Young) Bellan, John was born on April 21, 1946, in Waltham, where he was raised and educated. He married Cynthia M. Daigle in Saint Joseph’s Church and was proud of the city his family called home.

Devoted husband, loving father to three daughters, and proud grandfather and great-grandfather to seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. John was a hardworking and dedicated businessman, who at the young age of 13, began working for his family's waste management business, Bellan Disposal Inc., which was established in 1935. He was proud to become the sole owner of the business, and under his leadership, starting in the 1960s, he successfully grew the company into a large, thriving enterprise. He was also a passionate Boston sports fan, with a special affinity for the Bruins, a car enthusiast, and he loved when he could add new trucks to the company fleet.

John had a zest for life and a great sense of humor. He was a jokester with a big heart who loved both people and animals (especially dogs). He enjoyed telling stories, a good conversation, and had a special talent for making those around him laugh. It was his genuine interest in people that drew them to him.

As hardworking as he was he allowed himself one week a year to take his family on summer vacations up to York, Maine or New Brunswick, Canada where they shared many happy memories. And in 2000, John’s success in business allowed him to fulfill his dream of moving to York, Maine and buying his dream home.

His family fondly remembers Sunday mornings, as they made their way downstairs to the kitchen, the smell of bacon and eggs wafting through the air. They could hear their father's voice singing Elvis Presley's songs, growing louder as they approached the kitchen. When they walked in, John would be standing at the stove, a dish towel tossed over one shoulder, a spatula in one hand, and the other hand gesturing as he sang. His kitchen was filled with laughter, music, and love. Those were the types of special moments John had a knack for creating. John will be greatly missed by all who knew him and leaves behind a legacy of hard work, dedication, and love.

John leaves his wife of 58 years Cynthia M. Daigle Bellan; his daughters Cheryl M. Bellan (John Raughtigan) of Marlboro, Susan P. Scalisi (Timothy) of Waltham, and Jeanne M. Bellan of Lincoln: his grandchildren Daniel Bellan, Cynthia Bellan, Timothy Scalisi, Amanda Bellan, Thomas Scalisi, Alyssa Salguero, and Alexandra Bellan; his great-grandchildren Jesse Jimenez, Ariana Melendez, Eva Melendez, Addelyn Bellan, and Anthony Bellan-Sturtevant, and many nieces and nephews.

He was also the brother of the late Rose Maillet and Patricia Savoie.

Family and friends will honor and remember John's life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Tuesday, January 24th from 4 to 7 p.m. and again on Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. before leaving in procession to Sacred Heart Church, 311 River Street, Waltham where his Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m.



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Tuesday, January 24, 2023

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023

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