2005-08-25 / Obituaries

James Whitfield Belshaw, 98

James Whitfield Belshaw, 98, of 9 Brig Ave., Jamestown and 9 Fox Run Rd., Portsmouth, died Aug. 1, 2005 at Newport Hospital. He was active until he was hospitalized for pneumonia last February and then later suffered a stroke.

He was born in Wiggan, Lancaster County, England on Jan. 26, 1907 to James and Elizabeth (Whitfield) Belshaw. The family left England on the ship Empress of Ireland, when Mr. Belshaw was about 7 years old, and they settled in Crossfield, Alberta, Canada.

He came to Providence in 1926, sponsored by his uncle William Belshaw of East Providence, and lived

with that family until graduating from Central High

School in 1934.

He studied drafting and was a carpenter all his life, also working at Bulova Watch Company and for Lapham Construction in Smithfield for many years.

He married the late Dora (Sugden) Belshaw on June 20, 1936, and they had a long and happy marriage, living in Georgiaville, R.I. until they retired to St. Petersburg, Fla.

He was one of the first to build a summer home in the Jamestown Shores, where the family enjoyed berry picking and gardening in rural Jamestown.

Mr. Belshaw leaves a daughter, Doris May Warren and her husband George Warren of San Jose, Calif.; a son, Samuel James Belshaw and his wife Carol Taylor Belshaw of Portsmouth and Jamestown R.I., with whom he made his home in recent years; six grandchildren, Dawn J.B. Johnson of Tobaccoville, N.C. Dina J. Belshaw of West Greenwich, R,I., Diana J. Silvia of North Smithfield, Sue Gresch, Judy Short and William Warren, all of San Jose, Calif. He had six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Mr. Belshaw was a member of the Portsmouth Senior Center. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #32 Roger Williams A.F. and A.M., where he was a past high priest. He later was a member of Scituate Royal Arch #8 and was awarded a 50-year service medal on Feb. 12, 2004.

Burial will be private.

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