On June 29, 2011, Curtis Belton, a Maine resident since 1987, died at home of cardiac arrhythmia with his wife, Karen, and son, Sam, by his side.
Curtis was the father of Curt and Muntega of Connecticut; James of North Carolina; and Sam of Maine. He was also a grandfather, brother, uncle and cousin. Curtis was predeceased by his parents, Sam and Minnie Belton.
Curtis' formative years were shared with his family of 11 in Camden, South Carolina; however, beginning at age 8, he lived with a paternal aunt in Boston, Massachusetts throughout each school year.
Curtis' rich mixture of early life experiences, quick intellect and strong belief in God enabled him to develop a philosophy of life which unceasingly aided him in caring for any individual who faced untoward obstacles and desired his advocacy. In 1979, Curtis complemented his life experiences and beliefs with a Master's Degree in Education from Antioch University.
Curtis' career in human services spanned from the early 1960's, when, in New Haven, Connecticut, he helped establish Operation Breakthrough and was appointed Director of the Community Activities Division of the Yale School of Medicine and Connecticut Department of Mental Health, to February, 2011, when he retired from his position as a substance abuse counselor with Spectrum Health Systems based at the Central Maine Pre-Release Center in Hallowell, Maine.
Curtis served and contributed to humanity from the time he was 8. He was very dearly loved by his family, friends and colleagues and will be greatly missed by those with whom he shared life's journey.
A Celebration of Life will be held at St. Ann's Episcopal Church in Windham, Maine on August 13th at 11:00 a.m. All are invited.
Donations in Curtis' name may be made to "St. Ann's Episcopal Church" and mailed to PO Box 911, Windham ME 04062.
Arrangements by the Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland.