Edward N. Belt, Jr.

Edward N. Belt Jr. age 64, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 18, 2021.  He was born on August 26, 1956 in Cleveland, OH to Edward Neal and Gwendolyn Mae (Moore) Belt and was affectionately known as Chip to family and friends.

He attended Cleveland Public Schools graduating in 1974. It was during high school that he developed a love of science.  In 1969 he won the National Science Fair in San Diego, CA.  This interest, his curious nature and his achievements led him to pursue a major in Hospital Administration at his alma mater Brown University.

Chip met the love of his life, Gail Champlain while working at Blue Cross Blue Shield. They were married in July 1979. Together they had six children.  Chip became the Vice President of Delta Dental of Massachusetts and then the director of Marketing at Blue Cross in 1984. Chip began his own company, Primarily Care and successfully provided compensation, benefits planning and consultation services in Rhode Island for more than 20 years before merging with CBIZ in 2012.  He continued to work at CBIZ Primarily Care in Cranston until 2018.

Chip volunteered with numerous organizations serving on community boards and committees.  It was his work with the Church that brought him the most joy. Chip was proudly serving on the Bishop’s Council for the Diocese before his transition

Chip was a man of faith. Believing that music reaches the soul and because he loved to sing, Chip started a gospel choir at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church while a member of that parish. He also encouraged musical worship with his immediate and extended family.  He usually was the first to start harmonizing at family get-togethers.

Chip actively participated in prison ministry and had recently started mentoring young fathers. He loved the Lord and loved sharing his testimony with others to plant or water to help draw others closer to the Saviour.

Chip loved his family and his two dogs.  Although he lived in New England for all of his adult life, he remained an avid Cleveland Browns fan.  He and family members who had grown up in Cleveland would watch all the Browns games and call one another for the after game critiques.

Chip is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Gail; his mother Gwendolyn, six children, Edward III, Danielle Antoinette, Patricia Ann Cudjoe, (Thomas), Christopher Harold, Nicholas Arthur, Mazel Bernadette, 11 grandchildren who were a special source of pride and joy, (Manny, Will Elijah, Josiah, Thomas, Frances, Madeline, Joseph, Augustine, Christopher, Savanna), sister Patricia (Robert) Mathis, sisters in love, Francine Haney (Frank), Stacy Lee Hall (Ron), Debbie Champlain, brother in love, Harold Champlain and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, 30 Fenner Street, Providence.  Burial will follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Riverside. The family will greet friends on Wednesday from 5:00 – 8:00 PM in the Perry-McStay Funeral Home, 2555 Pawtucket Avenue, East Providence. Masks and social distancing are required.



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43 entries.
Maria and Frank Collins from Cranston wrote on April 27, 2021 at 1:21 pm
So sorry to find out this way. I wish I had known, too provid or condolences. I would have been there. Again so sorry for your family's loss
Terry Edwards Lester from University Heights wrote on April 8, 2021 at 2:30 pm
I had the pleasure of knowing Edward at junior high, high school and church. His love of God, music and commitment to community could be seen even as a teen. He was my first boyfriend and I one of his many girlfriends back then. His fun ways, good looks and charm turned the heads of many young girls back then. I am so grateful that he had a long and lasting once in a lifetime kind of love for his wife and was blessed with his children. I had heard when he first got sick and had prayed for him and his family throughout his illness. I know he is in heaven and pray for his wife, family to have strength and peace.
Judy Wills & Family from East Greenwich wrote on April 2, 2021 at 10:50 pm
Dearest Belt and Champlain Families We are deeply saddened and share in the loss of our beloved Chip. A praying family, Chip’s natural gifts, plus genuineness, and community contributions. Leaving behind a rich legacy. While carving out a path for others to follow. Offering up Prayers of Comfort & Peace for all those Chip loved and touched.
Lorraine Andrea Russell from Riverside wrote on April 1, 2021 at 5:41 pm
My condolences to the Belt and Champlain families.
Norma J. Conley from Rumford wrote on March 30, 2021 at 6:02 am
I was so saddened to learn of Ed’s passing. He was a good man who loved his family dearly. I fondly remember him bustling about his office while telling a story about one of his children. You have my deepest sympathy. He went too soon.
Buzz Corner from Narragansett wrote on March 28, 2021 at 7:40 pm
Chip was a member of our men of Saint Joseph men’s prayer group for over 25 years. Chip brought joy, laughter, and honesty to our get togethers throughout the years. His drive to grow more in love with Jesus was infectious and inspiring to all of us. We spent those years together striving to be more faithful and effective in our families, jobs, and ministries. Chip’s joyful faith and enthusiasm was an anchor to us through many trials. I hope to continue in the prison ministry that we worked in together. I honestly feel that we will still be sharing this ministry. I know he will continue to inspire me with his enthusiasm and wisdom. My heart goes out to Gail, his children, and grandchildren for their loss.
Deborah Perry Kalimullah from Rumford wrote on March 28, 2021 at 3:11 pm
Gail my dear friend, I am sad to hear about the passing of your husband. My condolences to you and your family. I know that he will truly be missed. My prayers to you and your family. 🙏🏽
Dr. Barbara Chambers from Mentor wrote on March 27, 2021 at 10:03 pm
My sincere sympathy to Edward’s family. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. He was one of my best science students at John F. Kennedy High School. I was so proud to be his sponsor at the International Science and Engineering Fair in San Diego where he won an award. His was a life well spent.
donna carew from providence wrote on March 26, 2021 at 8:06 am
forgive me gail; I had been thinking of you all and going to tell Arria go see you; I have been praying constantly; so sorry. love and miss you all
M. Diann Brown Pinckney from Shaker Heights, Ohio wrote on March 25, 2021 at 9:42 pm
My condolences to his wife, children and grandchildren. The Belt family was one of my parents oldest and best friends. My prayers are with the whole family. May he Rest In Peace 🙏🏽.
Laura DiGregorio from Hopkinton wrote on March 25, 2021 at 7:25 pm
Ed was a very special man. He was so genuine—so likable. I will miss him.
Dr. James W. Brown from San Antonio wrote on March 25, 2021 at 5:47 pm
My condolences to his wife, mom and family. I have many memories of Chip and I. Our parents were very good friends and we spent countless family events together in Cleveland while growing up. May he rest in peace with God.
Jim Hopkins from East Greenwich wrote on March 25, 2021 at 12:51 pm
As one who benefitted from Ed's competence and thoughtfulness many years ago at Wardwell Braiding Machine Company, I reflect on the value of his presence. He was an example of forthright, honest, cheerful, positive right living.
Roberta McLaughlin from GREENFIELD, NH wrote on March 25, 2021 at 12:05 pm
I was so sad when I learned of Ed's passing. I first met him fifteen years ago when I began working in the HR Department of a Cranston company where Ed was the Benefits Consultant. I can’t express how much Ed meant to me over the years. He was a mentor –intelligent, resourceful and well-informed, always so patient and kind. He added much to the lives of those of us who were fortunate to be around him. My sincere condolences to his family.
Jim Moniz from North Kingstown wrote on March 25, 2021 at 6:10 am
My sincere condolences to Ed's family. I'm deeply saddened by Ed's passing. We met many years ago and, over the years, shared numerous ideas on best solutions in the health benefits arena. Ed's wit, intelligence and charisma were defining character traits. On the several occasions of our longer discussions, two topics always crept in: 1.Sports- and his loyalty, and unfailing optimism to Cleveland teams, which for many of those years made him an easy, sympathetic target, and 2. Faith and Family-which became apparent, defined Ed and were closely linked. Ed will be long remembered-God bless and rest in peace. - Jim Moniz
Dennis Smith from Lake Ariel wrote on March 25, 2021 at 12:05 am
Chip was a beautiful person I have such a big heart I remember him and laughter many years ago Gale you and your family have my blessings and condolences Love you all
Peter A Magnotta from Narragansett wrote on March 24, 2021 at 10:57 pm
I am very saddened about the passing of Chip, a very special friend, and extend my prayers and condolences to the Belt family. I had the great pleasure of meeting Chip and Gail several years ago. Throughout the years, Chip and I would meet for lunch every so often up on Federal Hill, and have these wonderful talks about our Lord and the scriptures. Once we were joined by his son, Nicholas, which was a memorable experience, seeing the great love between them. Chip had and will continue to have a big impact in my spiritual life. He will always be an example of how to walk in the joy and love of the Lord. I have never met a person with such boundless love for the Lord, which grew even more boundless after he took ill, full of courage and encouragement. Now he is with our Lord and the saints, but he is also still with us and has with a very special place in heaven.
Melonese Pruitt-Turner from Warrensville Hts wrote on March 24, 2021 at 10:09 pm
I have fond memories of Chip as we lived on E. 134th !! My brother Michael and Chip were in Boy Scouts together , I remember someone taking a picture with them wearing there blue and gold.. My prayers are with you All🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Barbara Petrini from Johnston wrote on March 24, 2021 at 9:15 pm
My condolences to the Belt family for your loss...I worked for Ed and Pete at Primarily Care for many years and he was such an amazing boss always positive, happy, and caring. Ed definitely left a mark in this world and will truly be missed by all who loved him. Again, I am so sorry to hear of his passing sending prayers for strength during this difficult time. 🙏🙏🙏
Quincy Lowe from Leonardtown wrote on March 24, 2021 at 9:13 pm
When we were kids, my brother Chaun and I had the biggest smiles and were full of joy we we found out that we were going to visit cousins, Aunt Gail and Uncle Chip. Uncle Chip was full of joy, kindness, laughter and lots of love. I remember us all playing basketball and swimming in the backyard pool. I also remember riding in Uncle Chips conversion van. I loved that van and I finally was blessed to purchase one just like he had. Uncle Chip was I great influence to me especially him having 6 children and me having 5. And watching how he handled and balanced everything being a great father to my cousins , a great Husband to my Aunt Gail and a awesome Uncle to me and my brother Chaun. Love and will miss you Uncle Chip. You are home now with our Heavenly Father and you do t have to worry about dealing with anymore pain. Love all my family!!!