• Jesse T. Belcher
    July 10,2013

    Jesse T. Belcher Rites

    BARRE — The service of remembrance to honor the life of Jesse Thomas Belcher, of Nelson Street, was celebrated Sunday, July 7, 2013, at 1 p.m. in the Spaulding High School Auditorium. He died July 2, 2013, in a tragic drowning accident while trying to rescue a friend in the Stevens Branch on Route 14 in Barre Town. He would have started his junior year at Spaulding in September and been a member of the varsity football team.

    Jesse’s cousin Michael Poutre welcomed the congregation and expressed the family’s thanks to his fellow students and high school administrators and faculty, the citizens of Barre and the Barre Town Police and Emergency Services departments. In attendance was a uniformed delegation from the Barre Town Police Department.

    The Rev. Matthew Dunavant, pastor of the Faith Community Church in Barre City, led the ceremony. Jesse’s cousin Robin Lambert Gould opened the service with the prerecorded songs “See You on the Other Side” and “Have I Told You Lately That I Love You.”

    Reflections of Jesse as a member of the Spaulding High School Band and its jazz band were offered by Robert Booth, band director.

    A magnificent tribute to his son by his father, John Belcher, brought a standing ovation from the entire assemblage.

    Pastor Dunavant’s “Message of Hope” was well received and left everyone with the feeling that although Jesse’s life was short, he accomplished great things and those who knew him were better for it.

    A time of fellowship and refreshment followed at his late residence, hosted by his family and extended family.

    The Hooker and Whitcomb Funeral Home, 7 Academy St., was in charge of the arrangements and was ably assisted by Jesse’s aunts, Donna Lambert and Joan Poutre.

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