The Rev. Jeffrey T. “Jeff” Belcher of Rockland, Maine - who served UCC churches in Connecticut and Massachusetts - died on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. He was 78.
The Rev Belcher worked at United Shoe Company before entering Bangor Theological Seminary where he got his Masters of Divinity. While finishing his work there he held the pulpits at the Orrs and Bailey Islands and United Church of Christ congregations in Maine. In 1969, he took the Associate Pastorate at the First Church of Christ in Unionville, CT. In 1976 he became the lead pastorate of the First Congregational Church of Plymouth, CT. He served Union Congregational Church in Amesbury, MA 1986-2001, and at churches in Germantown Hills, IL, Champaign, IL, Newburyport, MA, and Bristol, ME. He retired in 2009.
He was a married for 41 years to Steffie Belcher. Jeff was born on June 22, 1939 in Melrose, MA son to the late C. Francis (Fran) and Beth Belcher. He grew up in Melrose graduating from Melrose High School.
In addition to his wife, Steffie, Jeff is survived by his children, Catherine Kellogg and her husband, Andy, Tim Belcher and his wife, Heather, and Matt Belcher, MD and his wife, Megan; his 10 grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. He is also survived by his sister Joan B. Browne, his sister Betsy and her partner Amy, his brother Alan and his wife Debbie, and his brother David and his wife Sue; as well as 12 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his brothers, Charlie and Bill Belcher and his two stepsons, Christopher and Jason Haumann.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 21 at 10:00 AM at Broad Bay United Church in Waldoboro, Maine. Instead of flowers, memorial gifts can be sent to: Justice and Witness Ministries, Prospect Ave. E, Cleveland, OH, 44115-1100. A graveside family burial will take place in the spring.