John G. Belemjian, age 90, of Ocala, Florida, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023.
He was born on Feb. 21, 1932, in Troy, New York, to Jacob and Mary Ishkanian (Prince) Belemjian. He graduated from Troy High School and attended Albany College of Pharmacy, graduating in 1954 with a bachelor of science in pharmacy degree.
After graduation he married Carol Hanley in 1956 and moved to Glens Falls, New York, to begin his pharmacy career.
In 1964 they moved to Granville, New York, with their four sons where he co-owned and operated independent pharmacies in Granville and Salem, New York. He was a valued and respected member of the community and an active member of many community organizations and his church. He continued and completed his pharmacy career in Atlanta, Georgia, working for Treasury Drug and Winn-Dixie Pharmacy.
John retired in 1997 and enjoyed his retirement years with his wife Carol in Foley, Alabama, and Ocala, Florida.
He was a member of the Peniel Presbyterian Church and actively attended the Berean Baptist Church where he enjoyed volunteering as a church greeter, meeting people and making them feel welcome.
He also was a regular volunteer at Interfaith Emergency Services where he helped accept donations and assisted with the medication financial assistance programs for those in need.
John also enjoyed regularly volunteering at Palm Garden Health and Rehabilitation Center where hevisited with residents, providing a friendly face to talk to during their stay.
He was a U.S. Army veteran having served his country in the Korean war in the medical corps from 1955 to 1957.
John was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 60 years Carol, his son Gary and his brother Edward.
John is survived by his sister Lucille Dolab; sons Michael (Sue) Belemjian, Greg (Paula) Belemjian and Glenn (Diane) Belemjian; 16 grandchildren; seven great–grandchildren; one niece and three nephews.
A celebration of life for John will be held on Sunday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m. at the Berean Baptist Church in Ocala.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in John’s memory to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, which was one of his favorite charities.