Thomas "Tom" E. Belt: 1921-2017
Tom Belt, 95, a longtime resident of Edmonds, Washington, passed away Feb. 21 after a brief illness.
Tom was born May 5, 1921 in Spokane, Washington, to Homer and Cleo Belt. After graduating from Lewis & Clark High School, he moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington. His schooling was interrupted during World War II when he enlisted in the U.S .Coast Guard.
He served as a first-class radioman on the USS Cor Caroli liberty ship. During his time in the Coast Guard he met his wife of 71 years, Doris Conroy, in Atlantic City. They were married Jan. 12, 1946, and returned to Seattle so Tom could finish his education. He graduated from the University of Washington Business School with a degree in business administration and accounting.
Tom and Doris settled in Edmonds in the mid 1950s. While Tom was an accountant by education, he also became a building contractor, in partnership with his Dad, and later with his wife. Through their business, Belt Homes, Inc, they built many homes throughout the Edmonds area. He also later owned B&M Contractors for many years.
Tom enjoyed many activities, including traveling and vacationing with family, playing tennis at Harbor Square, and attending University of Washington football games as a season ticket holder for over 50 years.
Tom was a caring husband, son, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, who always put family at the top of his list. He rooted for the underdog, helping friends get into college, offering a job to those in need, or sharing a few extra dollars with someone down and out.
He was also an avid animal lover. His pets were like people to him. He was always taking in a stray, feeding the pigeons that roosted on the wires above B&M, or feeding the feral cats that lived in the woods.
Tom (Papa) will be greatly missed by his family. He is survived by his wife Doris, daughter Barbara (Dan) Lloyd, son Thomas R. Belt (Kim Reynolds), daughter Diana (Rene) Van Loveren, granddaughters Angie (Shea) Sullivan and Kari (Ian) Bonallo, and his great-granddaughter, Maddie Sullivan, who brought him so much joy.
Please join the family for a celebration of Tom's life, to be held Saturday, May 6. Red socks (Tom's signature apparel) required.
In Tom's memory, donations may be made to the University of Washington Foster School of Business (http://foster.uw.edu/invest-in-foster/give/) or Old Dog Haven (https://olddoghaven.org/donate-2/donate/).