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On June 25, 2020, United States Marine Corps Corporal Eric L. Bellamy was called to service in the Heavenly Kingdom of his Lord after valiantly and bravely fighting a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was only 50. He leaves behind a legacy of service to his country and love for family, especially his beloved daughter Leah Bellamy, age 11 and Leah's mother and Eric's dear friend, Amy MacLeod. He is also survived by his mother Mary Maysonet and three brothers, Ray, Marco and Matthew Maysonet, his best friend and "brother" Joe Burt and his Marine Corps brothers of "Hotel 3/12". Eric was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Emily and Charles DeWette.
Born in Paterson, NJ, Eric enlisted in the United States Marine Corps after graduating from high school. He served as a combat veteran and attained the rank of Corporal. After receiving his discharge he relocated to Binghamton where he worked for many years as a carpenter and later began his final career serving other veterans by working at the Binghamton VA Center helping veterans secure their benefits. Eric served as Commandant of the John W. Thurston Marine Corps League in 2018. He was also honored by the Broome County Legislature in 2018 with the "Veterans of Distinction" award.
He enjoyed camping and fishing, but most of all he enjoyed spending time with his daughter. They enjoyed playing video games, going to movies and attending the Renaissance Fair.
Eric and his family were deeply appreciative of all the love and support provided to him and them during his illness. The family especially wishes to acknowledge the nursing staff on South Tower 5 at Wilson Hospital for the wonderful care they provided Eric during his hospitalizations.
The family will receive friends from 11:30 am - 1:15 pm Wednesday at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Highland Ave. Binghamton. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:30 pm. Burial with Military Honors will follow in Vestal Hills Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers please make a memorial to Pancan.org.
“From the Halls of Montezuma
To the shores of Tripoli,
We fight our country’s battles
On the land as on the sea;
First to fight for right and freedom,
And to keep our honor clean;
We are proud to claim the title
Of United States Marine
Our flag’s unfurled to every breeze
From dawn to setting sun;
We have fought in ev’ry clime and place
Where we could take a gun;
In the snow of far-off Northern lands
And in sunny tropic scenes;
You will find us always on the job
The United States Marines
Here’s health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we’ve fought for life
And never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven’s scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.”
Semper Fi !
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