Joseph C. Zamenick, 90 of Belfast, died peacefully at his home Sunday, Aug. 8 after a brief period of declining health.

Born July 31, 1920 of John and Mae Zamenick, he was of Czech extraction. He was born aand raised in New York City where he acquired a love of movies, plays and books at an early age from his interesting and loving family.

Joe served as a radio technician during World War II in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations and continued to regale all with tales of this era throughout his life. Post-war, he took advantage of the GI Bill to study at New York University and proceeded to a career as job placement interviewer, first with a private firm and then with the State of New York.

Joe was a great dater of women, but not until he met Jean Forbes at an Edgar Cayce event in 1954 did he find a true love. They wed on June 1, 1957 and lived on Staten Island and in Pearl River, N.Y. until retiring to Belfast in 1976. Maine, Canadian and New Hampshire seashores were their vacation haunts.

During “retirement,” the pair taught English literature and creative writing in the Belfast adult education program and continued to deal in antiquarian books as they had in New York. Jean passed on in October of 2002. Joe was most recently feted at a shore-side birthday luncheon, as he turned 90, by a bevy of newly acquired caregiver friends who will miss his friendly nature and ever-flowing stories.

In addition to his wife, Joe was predeceased by a brother, John. He is survived by his sister, Florence Pius of Florida and her son, as well as by a brother- and sister-in-law, Bill and Betty Forbes of Vermont, and their three sons and a daughter.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19 at Grove Cemetery in Belfast. Arrangements are under the care of Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home.