Merritt E. Belle Isle
Merritt E. Mickey Belle Isle, 88, former pro ice skater, passed peacefully Oct 7th, 2016 in the loving arms of his family. Born and raised in New London, CT, he was the son of the late Edmond and Nellie Mae (Dexter) Belle Isle. A US Army World War II Veteran, he was discharged from the Army in CA off the war ship the Havorford Victory as a PFC returning from Japan in 1946. Following discharge, he designed, built and skated on the first ever ice rink float, originally showcased in the Rose Bowl Parade, where he met his skating protg and future wife of 45 years, Anne T, who preceded him in death in 1998. They skated with Holiday Ice, performing in Worcester. His other skating performances included many high energy benefit shows in which he often displayed acrobatic skills such as jumping over twelve barrels and through rings of fire to raise money for different people and organizations. Mickey operated and maintained skating venues since the 1950s including St. Sebastians in Brighton, Newton Skating School, Belle Isle Skating School in Bedford, The Forum in Billerica, Skaters World in Revere, MDC in Brighton, Assabet Valley, and Henry T. Lane in Needham. He taught figure skating lessons to many hopeful Olympians, dignitaries and public figures. Founder and President of MBI Inc, he held several patents for creating innovative ice rink and ice skating technologies. He and his eldest son, Merritt Jr, were avid hydroplane boat racers, who built, serviced, and raced these hydroplanes in the US and Canada at various regattas. He worked for the US Government, retiring in 1990 following thirteen years of loyal service. His stories were legendary as attested by all who knew him and his skate sharpening skills, always tailored to the skaters needs, were unsurpassed by any. The beloved husband of the late Anne T. Terry Belle Isle; he was the devoted father of four sons, Merritt E. Jr, Mark S, Geoffery K, Christopher A, and daughter Theressa Ryan; loving grandfather of nine grandchildren including Sarah (Ryan) Moore; great grandfather of Liam and Colin Moore; caring brother of Barbara and George who both preceded him in death. Calling hours at Eaton Funeral Home in Needham on October 17th from 4-7pm. Private burial. In lieu of flowers please make donations in Mickeys name to the Alzheimers Association: www.alz.org/donate .
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