Anthony J. Bellettini (Dedham) Born in Brooklyn, New York, September 23, 1955, beloved of son of Olinto and Leigh Bellettini (passed), brother of John Bellettini (passed). Anthony’s grandfather was born on a boat while crossing the ocean from Italy. Anthony’s interest in archery began at age eight, after watching the movie ‘The Adventures of Robin Hood’ with Errol Flynn and Olivia de Havilland, “I was bitten, “ he said, “Too bad there wasn’t an archery center anywhere in Brooklyn.” Anthony began shooting arrows at age 29, as a way to relax. He started with a couple of private lessons at a local archery range. In 1993 Anthony became one of the few Certified Level 4 Coaches in the US.
In 1998, Anthony opened his first store and archery range, ArcheryUSA in Dedham. He became a USA Archery Certified Level 4 Coach. His range was host to archery leagues, birthday parties, and weekly JOAD archery classes. Anthony had a great sense of humor and fun, he started the Boxer Shoots where the dress code required all archers to wear boxer shorts, he loved movies and movie trivia. He was a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and participated in medieval re-enactments. Every Christmas, he threw a potluck Winter Ball party for students and customers; with a huge miniature Christmas village that took center stage at the store.
Anthony’s life was the archery community, his students, and his shop, BayState Archery. He knew everybody in the sport, and everything there was to know about shooting Recurve bows, the art and the lore of making and shooting arrows. He was a master arrow maker; his arrows improved your scores. His own shooting passion was traditional archery. Anthony became ordained by the Universal Life Church Monastery, and took on the habit of a Brother.
Anthony passed away on February 3, 2019 after a long and debilitating illness brought him to the Norwood Hospital ICU. He is survived his nieces Jaime Bellettini-Hoffman, Jillian Bellettini, nephews Jonathan Bellettini and Jason Bellettini, his sister-in-law Lynn Bellettini-Ziomber, and great-neices to Alexis Bellettini and Savannah Hoffman, and great-nephew, Alexander Bellettini. His memory lives on with all his extended Archery Family.
Always an Honor,
The Staff at BayState Archery