Cliff Belch

Cliff Belch – Inducted 2004

A bad leg kept Cliff Belch off the ball diamond but not out of the boardroom. For more than 30 years Belch was a faithful servant to minor softball in Ontario, acting in several capacities on the Ontario Amateur Softball Association board of executives – provincially and locally. Belch began attending OASA meetings in 1963 and was appointed to the executive committee in 1964. He was elected in 1966. Two years later, Belch was named secretary of the OASA. In 1973 he was elected treasurer, a position he held until 1975. The following year Belch was elected president. In 1988 he received an OASSA life Membership for his meritorious service to the provincial association. In 1977 Belch carried the historic 75th annual meeting of the OASA in Kingston. The highlight of Belch’s OASA career occurred two years later when he received the prestigious F.A. Feaver “Mr. Softball Award” and the Ontario Volunteer Service Award for his 30-plus years in minor ball. Locally, Belch was at various times an umpire, convenor and coach in several area leagues from the 1960’s to the 80’s. He was secretary Treasurer and commissioner of the Belleville Ladies Softball League. Belch’s desire to serve minor sports was a natural. He was assistant director of recreation for the City of Belleville from 1969 to 1972, then deputy until 1974 when he took over the director of recreation. Belch held the position until 1987 when he rose to Chief Administration Officer. He retired in 1966 and later served six years on city council. Nick named “Sonny,” Belch was born in Belleville on October 7, 1933 and educated at Prince of Wales Elementary School and the former Belleville Collegiate Institute. He prepared for his life in sport and recreation by later studying recreation leadership at Centennial College in Toronto.

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