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Gerald D. Belote, Forestville administrator Oct. 29, 1922 -- Sept. 14, 2005

Gerald Dennis "Gig" Belote, retired Forestville streets and water superintendent, died Wednesday in the Chautauqua County Home, Dunkirk, from complications of Alzheimer's disease. He was 82.

Born in Hanover, he attended Forestville High School and served in the Army during World War II.

Mr. Belote was the first streets and water superintendent for the Village of Forestville, retiring in 1985 after 29 1/2 years of service. He retired as an inspection officer for the village in 1986.

He also worked for the former Kniese Plumbing and Heating Co. of Forestville and was a school bus driver for the Forestville Central School District.

He was an exempt member and past chief of the Forestville Fire Department.

Mr. Belote was a member of the former Forestville Lodge 99, International Order of Odd Fellows; and a former member of the J. Carter Knapp Post 953, American Legion. He also was an avid woodworker.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, the former Winona Wilson; a daughter, Lyn Dee Dobbins of Hilliard, Ohio; two sons, Gary of the Town of Tonawanda and Kevin of Pleasant Valley; seven grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Riles and Woolley Funeral Home, 39 Main St. Burial will be in Cowdens Corners Cemetery, Arkwright, where graveside services will be conducted by members of the J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post. A firefighters' service will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home.

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