Raymond Edward Bellock, 95, formerly of Arlington Heights, River Forest and Westport, Conn., died peacefully on Sept. 5, 2010, surrounded by his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Born in 1915 on the West Side of Chicago to Harry and Elizabeth “Bess” Bellock, he was a resident of River Forest for over 50 years, attending St. Luke Elementary School, Oak Park and River Forest High School, and Northwestern University. Married for 57 years to Jane Rowbottom who passed away in 1997, they were blessed with nine children, 26 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Bellock began his 39-year career at the American Can Company as a clerk and rose through the ranks to director of Labor Relations for North America. His work required extensive travel, and he considered himself lucky to have the support of his wife in keeping their large and bustling household running smoothly.
As a result of a promotion and job transfer to the New York office, the family moved to Westport, Conn., in 1968, where they resided for the next 27 years.
During his retirement, Mr. Bellock enjoyed playing golf and cards, was an active member of the Westport YMCA “Y’s-men”, and was a Red Cross volunteer. He spent many weeks of the year traveling the country to visit his children and never passed up the chance to have a martini with friends or family.
An avid sports fan, he enjoyed participating in and watching all sports, especially bowling, baseball and golf, and was a lifelong White Sox fan. He was once offered a chance to play for the Boston Braves who later became the Milwaukee Brewers.
In 1995 he returned to the Chicago area and resided in Arlington Heights until 2004. Most recently, he lived independently at Cordia Senior Residence in Westmont. He was a favorite among staff and residents as he always had time for a friendly wave or a quick hello. He played cards several times a week and enjoyed the frequent visits of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Of all of his accomplishments, the one that gave him the greatest joy and pride was his family.
Ray Bellock is survived by his siblings, Edward Bellock and Teresa Whymer; his children, Ray, Bob, Chas, Marge, Pat, Marilyn, Bill, Liz, and Dan; 26 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Toni, Elaine, Betty, Harry, Cy, Vince and Charlie; his grandson, Joseph Raymond Bellock; and his great-grandson, Joseph Roy Bellock.
A funeral Mass was celebrated on Sept. 9 at St. Luke Church, followed by interment at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Memorial donations to Trinity High School or to Fenwick High School are appreciated. Arrangements were handled by Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home in Oak Park.