December 20, 1950 ~ November 28, 2019

Born in: Sewickley, Pennsylvania
Resided in: Lawrenceville, Georgia

Joseph Christopher Belan was born to Thomas and Ruth Belan in the winter of 1950.  The proud son of a steel mill worker from western Pennsylvania, Joe lived true – true to his Faith, his family, and to his word.  He had a generous spirit, shoulders broader than the Ohio River, and perfect calloused hands he came by honestly.  Joe was a man of undeniable and unshakeable integrity.  In nearly 69 years he never asked for anything he hadn’t earned, and he never took the easy way out, except when his stoic-strength and blue-collar roots made it too hard to talk about his feelings.  He was a private man, but he was easy to know, because no part of him was less than genuine, and his kindness extended, in equal measure, to friends, acquaintances, and strangers.

When he was nineteen-years-old, Joe met his love, Linda Jean Michewicz, who he would marry and to whom he was devoted and faithful for 48 years and 16 days.  He served honorably in the U.S. Navy from 1970 to 1976, and, thereafter, he made his career in the heating and air conditioning industry.  Together with Linda, he raised a family that adored him and will miss him beyond measure, and he led by example until his last breath.  Joe passed away on November 28, 2019, and though an unrelenting disease had robbed his body of strength, he died unbroken and full of love.

Joe is survived by his wife, Linda, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, and his three children:  sons Michael, of Catawba, North Carolina, and Stephen, of Atlanta, Georgia, and daughter Kristen of Atlanta, Georgia.  He also leaves behind a loving brother, Thomas Belan, of Columbiana, Ohio, as well as devoted in-laws, nieces and nephews.

The Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 319 Grayson Highway, Lawrenceville, GA 30046.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Saint Jude’s Children Hospital.

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  1. I was honored to have known Joe. I met Joe when I started my HVAC career in 2004. Joe was always pleasant to be around and impacted so many people’s lives positively. Rest in Peace, Joe; you will be missed.

  2. I was a dispatcher where Joe worked and privileged to work with him. He was co-worker and a good friend we will miss him sorry for a great loss

  3. I worked with Joe as a dispatcher he was a great co-worker and a friend we will miss him sorry for a great loss

  4. Joe was a loving, caring husband to my sister Linda, sharing decades of life and family in his patient and steady way. Thank you, Joe for my first motorcycle ride. That lesson in riding came to mind many times over the years and I often thought of you and the way you laughed out loud at my squealing.!

  5. There’s not much more to be said about Joe that hasn’t been said, except I’ve only known one other man as faithful, loyal, hardworking, kind and generous as Joe. .That being my Dad. I only hope I can fill half on their shoes. God Bless You Joe. You will be missed dearly.

  6. I am privileged to have known Joe. We work together as service technicians after he trained me. He became my supervisor for many years and never got frustrated with me on things that I should have known. His large heart and a desire to serve others, while putting himself aside, is an admirable quality that anyone seek to have in a friend and co-worker.
    Rest In Peace and know that you impacted the HVAC industry in a positive way.

  7. It was my honor to know Joe. What a great guy, we worked together several decades, he was always patient and positive, true blue.Rest in peace Joe you will be missed.

  8. What a beautiful tribute to a beautiful, loving man, gone way too soon.
    He will be missed by Linda, his family and all of us who knew him. And while we pray for those left behind, we know Joe will be watching over from above.
    Our love, sympathy and prayers with Linda and family.

  9. A genuinely wonderful man. Enjoyed his heating/ac visits for 25 years as we shared our kids’ growing-up experiences. Fair winds and following seas Joe.

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