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Major Norman Daniel Belson, US Army Retired

Major Norman “Norm” Daniel Belson, 79, was born on December 8, 1942 in Neptune, NJ to Norman
Russell Belson and Verna Belson, nee Williams. Norm passed away on January 19, 2022 in Clearwater,
Florida. Norm is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jane Belson, nee Wood; and their four children:
Norman Charles Belson and his partner Gary Martz; Joseph Belson and his wife Dawn; Brian Belson and
his wife Michelle; and Dana Chianella and her husband Brett. He is also survived by five grandchildren:
Krista Plante and her husband Nick, Ryan Belson, Audrey Belson, Brenna Belson and Jacob Belson. He
has five surviving siblings: Gary Belson, Dorothy Theilen, Daniel Belson, Yvonne Cales, and Karen
McGuire; and one sister Sandy Belson who preceded him in death.
Military Career
Norm entered the Army on March 1, 1962 as a Private and retired on March 1, 1982 as a Major. After
enlisting and completing basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey, he began his career at Fort Benning,
Georgia. His primary MOS was Infantry with a secondary MOS of Military Police. He was selected for the
NCO Academy Leadership program in 1963 and was then selected for Officer’s Candidate School in
1965. He served two tours in Vietnam, the first in 1966 and again in 1968.
He took advantage of numerous educational opportunities available while in the army. He earned his
GED, his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Tampa in 1971
(graduating Magna Cum Laude), and finally a Master of Arts degree in Human Resource Management
from Pepperdine University in 1979. He also became fluent in German and Vietnamese.
After his retirement, he continued to support his military brothers and sisters by serving as both
President and board member of the Clearwater chapter of the Military Officers Association of America.
He also escorted veterans on honor flights, was honored to assist numerous veteran funerals as an
honor guard member and by presenting the American flag to family members, and he volunteered many
hours at the local Veterans Mall.
Awards and Decorations
Among his many awards and commendations, Norm earned three Bronze Stars with one for Valor in
combat. He also earned two Meritorious Service Medals, the Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal,
Meritorious Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, AOC Occupation Medal (Berlin), National Defense
Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, Gallantry Cross of
Gallantry with Palm, Armed Forces Honor Medal (1 st Class), Vietnam Campaign Medal, Army Service
Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon with 4 bars, Parachute Badge, Expert Infantry Badge, and Combat
Infantry Badge.
Corporate Careers
After his military retirement, he entered the civilian work force working for Maas Brothers (Allied
Stores), which was acquired by Burdines (Federated Department Stores), which was acquired by Macy’s.
He retired as the collections manager for the company in 2004.

After that retirement, he became an NRA certified concealed weapons instructor and started his own
company Major Norm Belson, LLC where he taught many people how to shoot, and more importantly
when and when not to do so. In addition to the classes, he provided security consulting.
Law Enforcement Career
Norm served 19 years as a volunteer Clearwater Police Reserve Officer starting May 1984 until his
retirement in June 2003. He completed the police academy and was a fully certified Florida law
enforcement officer. During that time, he worked Patrol Division operations, Neighborhood Watch
Program support, criminal surveillance, special events, emergency operations and numerous undercover
vice and narcotic operations.
He earned two department Letters of Recognition: first, in 1985, for his valuable contributions to the
Field Training Officer Program’s Recruit Evaluation Scenario; and in 1988, for his calm and efficient
response to a severe flood event in east Clearwater. He was also presented the department’s Medal of
Excellence recognizing his commitment to the agency, having volunteered more than 9,400 hours
(equivalent to more than 4.5 years of full-time service).
Services for friends and family will be held on January 29, 2022 from 10am until noon at Veterans
Funeral Care at 830 N. Belcher Rd, Clearwater, FL 33765.

In Lieu of Flowers Donations can be made to and Suncoast Hospice – 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater, FL 33760

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  • Rob Risberg says:

    Rest in Peace, brother. Your service to our country and to our community was truly outstanding. May God give you a place of honor in his army and bless Jane and your family in their time of sorrow.

  • Kristen Sellas says:

    Sending my deepest condolences to Jane and to the rest of Major Belson’s family and friends. Major Belson was an exceptional individual and a true friend. He was consistently the first to volunteer and was always willing to help anyone who came across his radar. He will be especially missed in our local Veterans’ community and his memory will most certainly live on through all of us who knew and loved him.

  • Daphni Tsongranis says:

    I was privileged to know and eventually grow to live both Norm and Jane through their work with Veterans. Our friendship grew when they became volunteers for Honor Flight of West Central Florida. My condolences to Jane and their family – he loved you all. Eternal be his memory.

  • Dave Apt says:

    Jane, Our thoughts and prayers are with your entire family at this time. Norm was the face of the MOAA Clearwater Chapter to our community for years, and his commitment to service set the standard for others to emulate. Will never forget Norm recruiting me to the Chapter before the end of my 1st Congressman Bilirakis Veterans Affairs Council meeting, he was relentless in accomplishing that and all other Missions! Norm is with God and no doubt is serving in his Angel Army. Rest in Peace Brother until we meet again!

  • Daniel Finn says:

    We have lost another true Patriot. But Pat and I have lost a dear friend. Anyone that crossed Norm’s path was so much better for that experience, as his giving heart was huge and as a Brother in Arms there was none better. “Damn Straight”

  • Ed and Jeanne Lechner says:

    Our prayers and thoughts are with you, Jane and family. Norm was truly that special person who always cared and was always your friend. He gave so much in everything he attempted in life. We are so blessed to have crossed paths with him. ❤️

  • Gary Belson says:

    Love you brother and we miss you. Our condolences to Jane and children/grandchildren.

  • Wayne Theilen says:

    To us and those like us. Damn few left. I’ll see you on Fiddlers Green one day.
    You’ll be missed Uncle Norm.

  • Pam and Bob Shampine says:

    Dearest Jane and family:
    Bob and I send our deepest sympathies. Our memories of time spent with you and Norm bring a smile. He will be greatly missed. Pam & Bob Shampune

  • Sylvia Smith says:

    Norm was one of the good guys! His happy spirit will be missed. My condolences to Jane and family. May he rest in peace.

  • Michelle Sandoval says:

    One of the kindest man I have ever known..Until we meet again Mr. Belson ❤️

  • Jim Rudolph says:

    This was as fine a man as I have ever known. His life was his family, his country, his fellow veterans, police officers and the God of the Bible. He encouraged me. He helped me. He lent his support almost anywhere they posted our colors. “Thank you Lord for Norman Belson.” Blessings on the Belson family.

  • Les Cooper says:

    By pure chance I bumped into a little chap called Norman Belson in a shooting store in Florida. He approached me and asked if he could help. That help extended into over 20 years of sound friendship with Norman and Jane.

    Norman was a kind person who would help others, and always did. He is one of a few, a very few.
    When I went with Jane to visit him recently in the care home I was shocked to see how this full of life guy had deteriorated in such a manner. He may not have been able to say much during this period but I suspect that his mind was very active as when it was time for me to leave he did not want to let go of my hand. We both knew.
    We will meet again Norman – Another Time, Another Place.
    Rest in peace my friend.
    Les Cooper

  • Betsy & Karly Schweitxer says:

    Jane, Dayna & Family,
    We are so sad to hear the news of Norm’s passing. He was an honest and respectful family man. He believed in community and country. We are so glad we got to know him.
    With Heartfelt Sympathy,

  • Herbert and Gail Neuhaus says:

    Jane and Family, our deepest condolences to the whole Family. It’s sad to say Viet Nam took another one of us. Rest in peace Morman.

  • Chris Cox says:

    Til Valhalla, sir.

  • Bonnie & Jim Souders says:

    Bonnie and I have only known Norm and Jane since we moved to Clearwater a little over seven years ago and feel as though we have known them all of our lives. Norm was always there to make us feel welcome whenever we attended an MOAA luncheon. During my five years as Editor of the MOAA Clearwater Chapter Newsletter Drumbeat, both Norm and Jane were always there to help me in every way. I will always remember that energetic, little guy with the big smile and an even bigger heart. Rest in Peace my friend!

  • Colleen and Roger Trout says:

    Jane: Colleen and I are saddened at Norm’s passing. He was a great friend, patriot and leader. He has been missed and will always be missed at our MOAA chapter. Our prayers are with you and your family.

  • Mack Macksam says:

    May God bless you and yourfamily. A warrior..gentleman.. it was a honor to know are with the angels..

  • Ron Karpinski says:

    Dear Jane, please accept my deepest condolences on the loss of your beloved Norm. I am forever grateful to the both of you for welcoming my wife an me into the Clearwater MOAA family with such warm and gracious hospitality. Norm was a man of great dignity and strength of character. We are all better people for having known him; we have all lost a little of ourselves now that he is gone. (Ron and Irmi Karpinski)

  • Norma K Cox says:

    I was saddened this morning to read that Norm Belson
    had died. Norman always welcomed me as a new member, to the luncheons, made sure we had our raffle tickets and most important of all a seat.
    I will remember his energy and his “ can do” attitude.
    Condolences to Jane and the Belson family.
    Norma Cox (Surviving Spouse.).

  • Kimmie,Rafy and Ava says:

    Words can not express how much this sweet man will be missed,,,, Love ya Kid,,,, always his last words to me,,, Give my daddy a big hug,,,, Rest In Peace you truly earned your wings! Love Kimmie

  • Jeff Rawson says:

    I met Norm while I was a Clearwater, FL Police Officer. Norm was a Reserve Officer, and as such, had a frequent presence at the Police Department. After I transferred to the Vice/Narcotics Unit, I saw Norm even more frequently, as he often volunteered to assist the TAC Team and Vice Detectives with undercover operations. Norm was always helpful, knowledgeable, and dependable. No matter the situation or circumstances…you could always count on Norm! I have not seen Norm in many years, and I was saddened to hear of his passing. Norman Belson was a good and honorable man, and a true American Patriot, in every sense of the word. I offer my most sincere and heartfelt condolences to Norm’s family. May he rest in eternal peace…

  • Jeff Anderson says:

    I met Norm when he was teaching CWP classes at Knights 15+ years ago. I knew I was hooked up with the right guy because his class was the only one I found that included an extra 2 hours of handling a gun along with the 4 hrs of required book work. Apparently Randy Macho Man Savage also picked Norm and he was also in my class. It was a fun day I will always remember more for Norm’s excitement to instill his knowledge in others than Macho Man. Condolences to Norm’s family and friends.

  • Brian McLaughlin says:

    Norm was one of the good guys. I had the pleasure of knowing Norm from the time he started volunteering as a reserve officer at Clearwater Police Department until he retired in 2003. Norm was always up to taking on any assignment, no matter how strange. RIP, Norm will be remembered by all of the CPD family who had the honor of working with him.

  • Joe TenBieg says:

    Sending my deepest condolences and prayers to the Belson family. “Stormin Norman” is what I use to call Norm. I worked alongside him and at times supervised him at Clearwater PD. Norm was a proud person who loved God, Country, and his Family.
    Norm was always available to help out, no matter what the task at hand was. If I had a problem dealing with Prostitution, Narcotics, or Homelessness, Norm was without question there to help. He was a true team player. He will be missed.
    RIP Norm, Go easy on St. Michael.

  • GEORGE & Shirley Smith says:

    George and I send our deep sympathies for the loss of Norm to you and your family. We still reminisce on the good times we had at Ft. DIX with you guys and Pattie and Dave Brain. We pray God will give you His peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  • Stephen Hartnett says:

    Norm was truly one of a kind and a Brother Warrior, he always was there for whomever needed him.
    He never took a position that he didn’t give 110% and his contributions to the Clearwater Chapter of MOAA will long be remembered.
    God Bless and Rest in Peace.

  • Batya and Elian Bar-Av says:

    To the family:
    We are sad to hear of Dana’s Dad’s passing.
    Our condolences to all the family.
    May his memory be for a blessing and an inspiration.

    Batya and Elian Bar-Av

  • Alyssa Ruge says:

    A loss deeply felt…He was my firearms instructor when I was 21 and I am forever grateful for the valuable and lifelong skills he taught me. May he Rest In Peace.

  • David Seabrooks says:

    I was Major Belson’s banker during his final years and I enjoyed when the Major would come in and “square me away”. We shared many many laughs and a lot of political and military talk. We saw eye to eye on everything and I hope he enjoyed my company as much as I enjoyed his. The last few times we spoke, as he left, he always gave me a firm handshake and a “take care Brother”. He will be missed. “Take care brother” PFC Seabrooks US Army Ret

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