The Life of Donald Broadbelt

B. Donald Broadbelt, 83, passed away on Tuesday, July 29, 2014. He was born in Philadelphia on August 17, 1930 to the late Blayney and Ruth Broadbelt. He lived in Lansdowne, Pa., Warren, Ohio and lived the past 27 years in Greenville, NC.

A service to celebrate Don's life will be held on Monday, August 11, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, NC.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jean Brown Broadbelt; children, Bruce Broadbelt and wife, Laura, of Holly Springs, Diane Majestic and husband, Scott, of Greensboro, and Linda Rekoske and husband, Jim, of Glenview, Ill; grandchildren, Kyle and Kirk Broadbelt, Matthew, Christopher and Ally Majestic, and Jenna and Daniel Rekoske.

Don graduated from high school at The Haverford School in 1948. He received a Mechanical Engineering degree from Haverford College in 1952, where he played varsity basketball and baseball. Don was an avid golfer. He played many rounds of golf at Brook Valley Country Club and elsewhere. He served in the Marine Corps from 1952 to 1954.

He worked for Ajax Magnethermic Corp from 1956 until his retirement. Don loved building projects and helped build Habitat Houses in Greenville. He also built two rooms on our house in Ohio. When living in Warren, Ohio, he served as an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson Association of the Carolinas, 5970 Fairview Rd., Ste 217, Charlotte, NC 28210, First Presbyterian Church, 1400 South Elm St., Greenville, NC 27858, or to Cypress Glen Benevolent Fund, 100 Hickory St., Greenville, NC, 27858.
Burial will be at a later date. The family would like to express their thanks to the entire amazing staff in the Memory Cottage at Cypress Glen who treated Don with love, concern and dignity in his final days.

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