- October 7, 2016
- Needham, Massachusetts
of Merritt's Passing
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“To Mickey's family, I feel so blessed to have spent many hours with Mickey at St Sebastian's, many of them listening to his legendary stories and...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Brendan McNamara - Norwell, MA
“Belatedly, I am responding to Mickey's passing.Although I have not seen him recently, I will always remember his very innovative and creative mind in...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Paul Sainato - Bedford, MA
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of your Dad. May God give you all the comfort and peace that you seek.
3 of 10 | Posted by: George Irish - Manomet, MA
“With Great Respect Your Son Geoff
4 of 10 | Posted by: Geoff Belle Isle - Yuma, AZ - Son
“Thank you Mickey - for your friendship. You were always kind, helpful and generous to me and any friend whom I brought by the rink to meet you.So...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: John McNamara - Chestnut Hill, MA
“Mickey was a great friend to all especially those that put skates on their feet....I am speaking for all that had the chance to spend time with...Read More »
6 of 10 | Posted by: Paul Stewart - Walpole, MA, MA
“Teressa, as I mentioned when you & I worked together, my first job was in a little restaurant in the same building as your Dad's skating rink in...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Constance Soucy - Natick, MA
“Had a lot of fun as a kid skating at the Bedford rink. The you Mr Belle Islle. RIP
8 of 10 | Posted by: Malcolm Eaton, jr - Acton, MA
“Mickey Sr. had a very big heart and helped out many, many disadvantaged people, young and old alike. He was an inspiration to hundreds !
9 of 10 | Posted by: Kevin FitzGerald - Talkeetna, AK
“My Dear Friend Mick,You took a young kid from Pittsburgh under your wing and did so many kind things for me, not the least of which was your...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Matt Koenig - Duxbury, MA
Merritt E. "Mickey" Belle Isle, 88, former pro ice skater, passed peacefully Oct 7th 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 protégé 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. Sebastian's in Brighton, Newton Skating School, Belle Isle Skating School in Bedford, The Forum in Billerica, Skater's 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 skater's 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 Mickey's name to the Alzheimer's Association: www.alz.org/donate