Joseph “JoJo” Bellomo Jr. RUTLAND — Joseph “JoJo” Bellomo Jr., 76, of Rutland, passed away peacefully May 31, 2019, at his home. He was born in Rutland Oct. 3, 1942, the son of Joseph and Antoinette Bellomo. Joseph was a 1960 graduate of Mount St. Joseph Academy, Champlain College and graduated with a BA from Castleton State College. Joe was one of Rutland's greatest sports enthusiasts, enjoying football, basketball and baseball. He was an avid poker player, and often played poker with his brothers and loyal friends. He also enjoyed being outdoors, hunting and fishing. Joe was the proprietor of Bellomo's Market on Forest Street until sold in 2000. Together with his mother, Bellomo's Market was a family landmark business for more than 50 years. Bellomo's Market was originally built, owned and operated by Joe's father. Surviving are brothers Salvatore “Sam” Bellomo and wife Barbara, Anthony and wife Audrey, all of Rutland; two sisters Mary Sullivan and husband Bernard, Charlene Boylan, all of Woodstock, GA; a brother-in-law, Gerald Washburn, of Shelby, NC; nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Elvira Washburn, and a sister, Linda, age 7. Memorial service will be Aug. 17, 2019, at 11 a.m. Christ the King Church, Rutland.

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Tony B.

JoJo not only were you my brother but a dear friend.Thank you for teaching me how to play poker and the many times we played at various games. You helped a lot of people here in Rutland. You never said anything bad about anyone even those who took advantage of you . I for one will surely miss you. May God have mercy on your soul and keep you safe....Tony


We were very sorry to hear of the passing of our dear cousin Joe. Our mother Catherine Bellomo Giancola was Joe’s godmother and had a close relationship with him. She would often stop by Bellomo’s market for Italian groceries and long talks with her godson, Joe. Rest In Peace, dear Cousin and know that the family will miss you. We send our heartfelt sympathy to all our Bellomo cousins and pray for their consolation and peace at this difficult time.


I just learned of the death of this very treasured friend in Rutland.

Bear with me as I share some memories with you. It is my way of processing my sorrow with the news of his death. To say I was stunned is an understatement. My shock quickly turned to sorrow as I began to recall the days of our youth during my summer visits to my grandmother’s home in Rutland during the 1950’s.

On my first visit in 1954, my cousin, Frank, took me through the neighborhood, showing me the places that were important to remember. It did not take long before we entered the local Italian Grocery market owned by the Bellomo family. I quickly learned it was such a lively place for the nearby neighborhood families to buy the essential groceries and socialize with the Bellomo kids.

On that first visit in 1954, Frank introduced me to the boys in the neighborhood along Forest Street, Traverse Place, and Meadow Street including the Bellomo brothers, Sammy and Jojo, among others.

I liked every one of them. As I look back, I do not remember why Jojo became my favorite, but he was the one, besides my family, I always looked forward to see upon my next summer visit, He was very likeable and was quite a kibitzer. And always had a verbal return jab to his targeted competitor. In my mind, Jojo was the superior athlete of that group of kids, and was the fastest. He was a natural athlete. I can still see and hear Jojo make his presence known out there on the Trucker’s lot that we used for a ball diamond.

Through my adult years, I would return to visit my Rutland cousins, but always found my way to Bellomo’s Italian market. Jojo and his mother were usually working and Jojo and I would enthusiastically exchange our greetings as if we had just seen each other the day before. I’m sure Jojo was that way with all his customers, but he always made me believe he really enjoyed my return visits. I had last visited with Jojo in 2002.

I know it may seem strange that a person can make such an impression as little as we had crossed paths through all these years; however, I feel blessed to have these fleeting memories of a very special and dear friend. I will always carry his memory with me.

To his grieving family, friends, and loved ones, I offer my most sincere condolences.

Barry Pitaniello

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