Tom Bellon, 69, of Dunnellon Florida left this world and all of his Alzheimer’s behind and journeyed to heaven on January 26th, 2021.
A celebration of his life is being held on Saturday January 30th at 2:30pm at Roberts Funeral home and will be followed by an outside fellowship with appropriate mask wearing with the family at Dunnellon Women’s Club.
Tom was born in El Paso, Texas one of three sons to his veteran father and lived in many places growing up including Germany, Washington state, and Virginia. He moved to Dunnellon, Florida and met the love of his life in 1973, Jeanie Riley. They were married July 11th 1975 and joined the carnival business owning a game called the Diggers and they traveled this country working together and growing in love for 5 years. They then moved to Crawfordville, Florida and Tom went to Tallahassee Technical School getting his certification in electronics. Here they had their two children Riley and Eva. Soon after Eva was born they moved back to Jeanie’s hometown of Dunnellon, Florida. Here they physically built their own house, Tom designing their home and physically laying the foundation of their life. Over the years Tom was known for many things. He worked 17 years for The TV Shop. He coached his son’s little league teams for many years, spending most days over a ten year time period at the Little league field with Dunnellon’s youth. He was an avid musician and known by many as the Bass-man. He played his bass beautifully and was in several bands making numerous musician friends, who will all remember his talent and his love for classic rock music. He loved fishing, some of his children’s fondest memories are going out on the boat with him. Nature is where he was at peace and he passed this on to both of his children. He was known at their family camp as a wonderful cook and was famous for his sweet potato souffle, cooking the thanksgiving turkey, and his famous ‘Uncle Tom’s’ pancakes. He was an enormous Florida State Seminole football fan and due to this his daughter decided it was the only school she could possibly go to. Tom was so proud of his daughter going to medical school and would tell everyone he met of her accomplishments. He was a great source of inspiration for her and he loved traveling to Tallahassee and visiting her when she was in school there. In more recent years he remained an avid musician and worked as a technician at Pro Electronics in Ocala. Most days if you came to Tom and Jeanie’s home you could hear him playing his bass as you walked up the steps. The world is going to be a much quieter place, as he now plays it in heaven.
Tom is survived by the love of his life Barbara “Jeanie” Riley of almost 46 years, his two children Eva Luque and Riley Bellon, his brother Joe Bellon, his grand-girls Scarlett, Leigha, and Fiorella, and his step-grand-girls Gianelli, Analisia, and Sofianelli. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, many extended family members, and numerous musicians he has played with. He will be greatly missed by all.
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