SOUTHBURY — Ernest Orlando Belmont of Southbury and Torrington passed away after 80 full years of life on Saturday, August 31, 2019, surrounded by his partner, Jean Dubins, and his family.
He is survived by his daughters, Lisette Carrithers, Lynnea Hansen, Lori Belmont, Adrianna Hansen Jones and Shannon Chapman; and his son, Ernest J. Belmont; his grandchildren, Marguerite Carrithers, Noel Hansen Nascimento, Leon Hansen Nascimento, Noah Tanzer, Luke Tanzer, Joshua Tanzer and Ava Maldonado; his sister, Ann Sgritta, and his aunt, Nancy Riccio.
He was predeceased by his parents, Orlando and Yolanda Belmont, and his brother and sister-in-law, Robert and Judy Belmont.
Ernie was born in Cos Cob with a sense of adventure, an entrepreneurial spirit and love of learning. His belief that he could master any subject by reading every book about it led him from being a glass blower at Burndy Corporation to having multiple patents in various fields while working at Audio Dynamics and Exxon Office Systems.
He became an expert in his field and lectured at MIT. He started a mail order potpourri shop, a custom woodworking and remodeling shop and finished his career with a home inspection business.
He still found time to run for the State Senate and volunteer with numerous civic and religious organizations. He also became a beekeeper, producing the best honey in this area.
His greatest passions were woodworking and gardening. “What you gotta understand” (his favorite saying) is his time spent at Heritage Village in the gardens and the wood shop were the happiest years of his life.
A memorial service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 25, at the Church of the Epiphany, 262 Main St. North, Southbury.