LAKELAND, Fla. — Terry Belanger, 74, of Chesterville passed away peacefully from complications of Parkinson’s disease on Feb. 22 with his soul mate, Julia (Tetreault) by his side.

He was born May 15, 1942, the son of George and Georgia (Bernard) Belanger in Farmington. He was a 1962 graduate of Jay High School and served as class treasurer until his death.

While in high school, he started working for Mackie Turner at M&T Farms and worked at International Paper Co. in Jay, retiring in 2002 after more than 40 years and belonged to the Quarter-Century Club. Terry also worked as a school bus driver, both full and part time, for the towns of Jay and Fayette and worked for the town of Chesterville during the strike. He served on the Chesterville Planning Board until his death.

In his younger years, he enjoyed taking fishing trips with his many cousins, as well as hunting and the outdoors. He cut and sold firewood to many local people over the years. He was an avid motorcyclist, joining GWRRA and served as chapter director for three years. He met many people while riding his Gold Wing and kept in touch with most of them. He took many trips to Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Quebec with his wife and his buddies, and also traveled over most of New England, New York and North Carolina. Terry was never at a loss for words, enjoying family gatherings and his extended family. He always enjoyed a good meal, either at a restaurant or home-cooked.

He met the love of his life while in high school, but they didn’t marry until 1988. During their 29 years, they enjoyed traveling by plane, motorcycle, motor home and car, visiting many places along the East Coast and Canada.

He is survived by his wife, Julia, of Chesterville; two stepsons, Keith Gibbs and his wife, Wanda, of Auburn and Brian Gibbs and his wife, Alice, of Epping, N.H.; two step-granddaughters, Priscilla Ebarguen and her husband, Enrique, of El Paso, Texas, and Patricia Gibbs of Epping, N.H.; and brother-in-law, Alphonse Tetreault and his wife, Linda, of Solon.

He was predeceased by his stepson, Richard “Rick” Gibbs; and a step-granddaughter, Brianna Gibbs.

The family asks that you share condolences and tributes as well as a memorial video on his memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com.

Terry Belanger

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