Washington's tree fruit industry is mourning the death of Gladwin Bellamy Jr.,
president of Columbia Marketing International in Wenatchee, WA, who died
unexpectedly Oct. 1. Mr. Bellamy, known to his friends and co-workers as
Glady, was 58.
Born in Goldendale, WA, in 1952 to Gladwin and Ruth Bellamy, Mr. Bellamy
grew up in central California and graduated from Lodi High School in 1970
before continuing his studies at Sacramento State University, where he earned
a bachelor’s degree in business. In 2001, Mr. Bellamy — who was an avid
basketball player — was inducted into the Lodi Sports Hall of Fame.
Following his graduation from college, Mr. Bellamy returned to Washington in
1974 to work as a sales associate for Tenneco West. He joined the staff of
Beebe Orchards in 1980 as a sales manager and worked there for the
following nine years.
In 1989, Mr. Bellamy and business partners Nick Buak, McDougall & Sons Inc.
and Columbia Fruit Packers formed Columbia Marketing International. The
company would go on to become one of the larger grower-shippers of
apples, pears and cherries in the Evergreen State. Actively involved with
Washington’s tree fruit industry for nearly four decades, Mr. Bellamy helped
shape the industry.
In an Oct. 4 statement, Mr. Buak said, "Glady was a fantastic individual who
cared deeply for his family, colleagues and business associates, cherishing his
relationships and holding them close. Glady believed in the future of our
industry and leaves a legacy that will last for many generations to come. He
will be dearly missed by all."
CMI Vice President of Marketing Bob Mast said in an Oct. 5 statement to The
Produce News that Mr. Bellamy was a man of the highest integrity.
“Glady Bellamy was a man of great conviction. His life truly was an example
for all of us of how to treat your fellow man,” he told The Produce News. “He
garnered the respect of all and returned the same respect to everyone he ever
met. He greeted everyone with that famous Glady smile and with great
sincerity that was second to none. Nothing was below Glady Bellamy. No
matter how busy he was, no matter how many things he had on his plate, he
would drop everything to help someone in need. Glady Bellamy won the
world’s respect with his greatness, and won its love with his goodness. He had
the confidence that comes with conviction, the strength that comes with
character, the grace that comes with humility and the humor that comes with
wisdom. He leaves behind a family and many friends that are far better for
CMI Marketing Coordinator Linda McFarland recalled of Mr. Bellamy, “He was
an avid golfer. He was very fit. He always came to work early and never
missed a day of work. It’s a huge loss for us personally. We’re all trying to
pick up the pieces.”
Mr. Bellamy is survived by his wife, Chris Bellamy of East Wenatchee, WA;
children, Robert Goodwin of East Wenatchee, WA, and Tom Bellamy of
Wenatchee, WA; stepson, Eric Schmidt of Seattle; brothers, Doug Bellamy of
Elk Grove, CA, and Terry Bellamy of Stockton, CA.; and sisters, Barbara Wells
of Pomona, CA and Becky Taylor of Windsor, CO.
Those wishing to honor Mr. Bellamy’s memory are encouraged to donate to
the newly created Glady Bellamy Memorial Scholarship fund at the Washington
Apple Education Foundation, 2900 Euclid Ave., Wenatchee, WA, 98801.