A Full Life
rederick Andrew Belinsky, 65,
former Detroiter of San Diego,
Calif., died March 31, 2014.
He was born July 28, 1948. He
received both his bachelor's and
master's degrees in education from
Michigan State University. He taught
elementary school during the free
school movement in the 1970s. He
returned to MSU to work in the educa-
tion department, where he earned a
humanitarian award from the school.
Mr. Belinsky always acted with delib-
erate study and thought. His life choices
were always supported by sound philo-
sophical foundation. He understood
how to live in the moment. In any ven-
ture, he believed that the journey is at
least as important as the result.
In 1980, Mr. Belinsky moved with his
young family to San Diego. There he
opened the Village Hat Shop in Seaport
Village, which still operates there today.
Since then, he opened many other retail
stores and a San Diego-based ecom-
merce website, VillageHatShop.com .
He approached business as both an
art and science, making sure that his
stores not only profited but were a value
to the community. His website contains
vast resources on hat history, hat care
and other hat information.
Fred always sought more knowledge.
Before any vacation, he would study the
local customs and natural habitats and
share that knowledge with his travel
partners. He even ventured to China in
1990 before it was easy to travel there;
he took Chinese lessons beforehand.
He strove to improve the community,
serving on the board of the Explorer
School and the Hillcrest Business
Nature was his true hobby. Whether
hiking, camping or canoeing, he would
surround himself in nature and be truly
at peace. Above all, he loved birding.
He was given the honor of participating
in the Natural History Museum's Bird
Atlas Project. When he spotted a rare
bird, he achieved a childlike wonder.
Those closest to him could not witness
a bird in flight without thinking of him.
Mr. Belinsky was a talented photog-
rapher, who, later in life, pursued a
new passion as a fine artist. He loved
California and translated that love by
returning his canyon home landscape to
the original native plants. His garden is
dotted with his own stone statues and
other creations that display his sense of
Fred loved sports, mostly as a partici-
pant. Whether he was playing tennis,
biking, playing pingpong, basketball,
chess or any other game, he would be
strategic and calculating, working to
outwit his opponent to the end.
Most of all, he was a wonderful hus-
band, father, uncle, brother, brother-in-
law, godfather, friend and adviser. He
had limitless time to spend with all who
came to seek his guidance. He taught
what motivates others and even though
we can only change ourselves, we can
still get more from the world around us.
His legacy and lessons live on in those
who survive him.
Mr. Belinsky is survived by his wife,
Tina; sons, Alexander and Zachary;
daughter-in-law, Maria; brother and sis-
ter-in-law, Arnold and Esther Belinsky;
sister and brother-in-law, Joan and Ed
Pollak; sister, Brenda Zales; brother-
in-law and sister-in-law, Henry and
Joan Bornstein; many loving nieces and
nephews; many friends who will miss
He was the beloved son of the late
Irving Belinsky, the late Lily Blanche
Belinsky and the late Lily Ruth
Belinsky; the brother-in-law of the late
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