Henry Phillip Belanger, 70, manager of food market

January 05, 2004

Henry Phillip Belanger, a retired food market manager, died Friday of coronary artery disease at St. Joseph Medical Center. The Northeast Baltimore resident was 70.

Mr. Belanger was born and raised in Cambridge, Mass., where he graduated from Rindge School of Technical Arts. He served two years in the Army during the Korean War, then began a 30-year career in management at Star Market in Cambridge.

He and his wife of 25 years, the former Nella Querel, who died in 1980, enjoyed traveling to Europe with their two daughters. Mr. Belanger was also an avid coin collector and liked to make technical drawings.

Mr. Belanger married Dolores Rychleski in 1980 after a short courtship, and moved to Baltimore five years later. He was employed for a decade as a maintenance worker for the Archdiocese of Baltimore's Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, retiring in 1999. "He loved it there," Mrs. Belanger said. "He was very religious."

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 9 a.m. tomorrow at St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, 3615 Harford Road.

Mr. Belanger also is survived by his two daughters, Patricia Y. Belanger of Derry, N.H., and Donna L. Belanger of Dracut, Mass.; two stepsons, Thomas L. Pierotti of Crofton and Mark L. Pierotti of San Jose, Calif.; and three granddaughters.

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