– On Tuesday, Rep. Kurt A. Masser (R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland) stood before his colleagues in the state House to recognize the life and work of Robert E. Belfanti Jr., former state representative of the 107th District, decorated veteran and avowed community steward.
In recognition of Belfanti’s many accomplishments and contributions to the local community, Masser sponsored a House citation and a bill in his honor. In dedication of Belfanti’s military service and veteran-related work, Masser’s House Bill 1431
would designate a portion of State Route 901 in Northumberland and Schuylkill counties as the “Honorable Robert E. Belfanti Jr. Memorial Highway.”
“Mr. Belfanti benefited many lives throughout his countless acts of dedicated service to our area, our state and our nation,” Masser said. “Whether you were his constituent, a fellow veteran, a scout, or a neighbor, you know the positive effects he created throughout his life. It was an honor to recognize him on the House floor today and to designate a portion of an area highway in his name.”
Belfanti passed away, at age 68, on Oct. 29, 2016. He served the 107th District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives from 1981 to 2010. From 1993 to 2010, Belfanti served as the House Labor Relations Committee Chair.
Born in Danville, he went on to graduate from Mount Carmel Senior High School. He then enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1967 and served a 13-month tour of duty in the Vietnam War with helicopter units that supplied troops, ammunition and medical supplies. Belfanti rose to the rank of sergeant before being honorably discharged in 1971. He earned many decorations, including two Bronze Star with Valor, the Combat Action Ribbon, the Presidential Unit citation, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and the Vietnam Service Medal.
He was a life member and co-founder of the Black Diamond Detachment of the Marine Corps League and the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and a member of the American Legion and the Chapel of Four Chaplains. He was named Veteran of the Year by the National War Veterans Council and also received the Patriot of the Year Award.
In the local community, Belfanti was dedicated to making it a better place for all. He was a lifelong Scout, who earned the rank of Eagle Scout and returned to scouting as an adult and charter member of Cub Scout Pack 3178. He and his wife, Cecilia, were instrumental in bringing scouting back to the Mount Carmel area.
On Tuesday, Masser welcomed Belfanti’s wife of 48 years, Cecilia, sons Robert Belfanti III and Eric Belfanti, daughter-in-law Natalie Belfanti, and seven grandchildren Jacob, Victoria, Gianna, Natalia, Eric Jr., Patrick and Ella to the Capitol to be present for recognition.
For information about any state-related issue, contact Masser’s district office in Elysburg located at 467 Industrial Park Road
, by calling 570-648-8017. Information can also be found online at RepMasser.com
On Tuesday, Rep. Kurt A. Masser (R-Columbia/Montour/Northumberland) stood before his colleagues in the state House to recognize the life and work of Robert E. Belfanti Jr., former state representative of the 107th District, decorated veteran and avowed community steward. Masser welcomed Belfanti’s family to the state House. Pictured with Masser and Speaker of the House Mike Turzai are Belfanti’s wife of 48 years, Cecilia, sons Robert Belfanti III and Eric Belfanti, daughter-in-law Natalie Belfanti, and seven grandchildren Jacob, Victoria, Gianna, Natalia, Eric Jr., Patrick and Ella.
Representative Kurt A. Masser
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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