7 Responses to “Buddy Belshe, Longtime Newport Beach Lifeguard, Has Died”
December 20th, 2012
Buddy was not only a Great guy, but always had a smile on his face and never said a bad word about anyone. Even in his seventies he was guarding the waters at CDM with great diligence and commitment to being the legendary OC Waterman that he was. Buddy was happiest swimming in his beloved ocean, a daily mile swim or more at Big Corona. A great role model for young Lifeguards. With the passing of Ray Bray and Buddy Belshe we lost two of the most exceptional Watermen on the Coast if not the country as Lifeguards, All-American Swimmers, Coaches, Fathers, husbands, and leaders of young man and women.
December 21st, 2012
Buddy was my friend for many years. We sometimes swam at the same time. Not together, I couldn't possibility keep up with him, and he was 20 years my senior, but over the years we had many good conversations at the beach or on the bluff over Big Corona, and always his eyes would be on the water, watching, watching. I remember one time during large surf I was paddling out on my board and a big set of "foamers" broke off the jetty. I was in the trough below a wave and surely would have been pounded. Buddy was sitting in his jeep by the tower, and I suddenly heard him over over the loudspeaker, "OUTSIDE!!! PADDLE, PADDLE!!!" His "heads up" gave me just enough warning (and incentive) to paddle hard and get over the waves before they broke on me. I'll miss you my friend. ;(
December 27th, 2012
I remember Buddy as a great competitor also. In between all his swimming he also competed in triathlons and running events. I was glad hat only once every few years we were in the same age group. I was good to see him at the Thurs night CDM swims in his Jeep as I knew he was keeping a good watch out for us.
January 2nd, 2013
Been a friend of Buddys for over 55 years, learned alot from him.Buddy was a great Lifeguard , wonderful competitor and great teacher of Lifeguarding. We will all miss him and his smile . To his daughter Lin just need to say Thank You for takeing care of Newports greatest lifguard durning his illness. RIP oceanman
January 2nd, 2013
Buddy was part of the Southern California distance swimming tradition and he helped pave the way for those who followed in later years. He was already past his prime as a competitor when I first swam against him in the early 1960s, but he was very inspirational to those of us coming up and just getting started,
January 4th, 2013
How sad, I have known Buddy since I was a freshman at Huntington Beach, he and his whole family have done so much for aquatics in Southern California, Buddy will be missed.
January 7th, 2013
The sad news of Buddy's passing has even reached me down in Australia where I still volunteer at 68, with the Burleigh Heads Surf Lifesaving Club. For watermen like Ray Bray and Buddy Belshe "legendary" seems like too small a word. They both had profound effects on the lives of so many people, particularly young lifeguards. I know I held them both in awe and greatest respect. They never considered themselves legends in their own times...but they were...and always will be!