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John Adam Belushi (b. 24 January 1949, d. 05 March 1982)John Adam Belushi (son of Adam Anastos Belushi and Agnes Demetri Samaras) was born 24 January 1949 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois415, and died 05 March 1982 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California415.
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March 10, 1982
BELUSHI BURIED IN PRIVATE VINEYARD CEREMONY
Author: Joan Vennochi Globe Staff
Section: RUN OF PAPER
Estimated printed pages: 2
His friends and relatives say that Martha's Vineyard was the one place where John Belushi felt at peace.
Yesterday, the 33-year-old actor-comedian, who was known for his loud and frantic humor, was buried in a small cemetery in Chilmark, one mile from the seasonal home he had purchased on the island in 1979.
"It was the only place where he said he slept well," said Bernie Brillstein, Belushi's personal manager and friend.
The day, which began in sunshine at the First Congregation Church in the center of West Tisbury, ended in a light snowfall at Abel's Hill Cemetery.
Family members and relatives, many of whom had flown in from Chicago where Belushi grew up, insisted that the funeral service and burial remain private.
Dan Aykroyd, Belushi's longtime friend and colleague from the television show Saturday Night Live, led the funeral procession from the church to the cemetery about two miles away on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.
Aykroyd, dressed in a black leather jacket, black jeans and a stars and stripes head band, was one of six pallbearers.
William Wallace was also a pallbearer. Wallace, Belushi's physical trainer, found the comedian dead last Friday in a rented bungalow at a Los Angeles hotel.
Singer James Taylor, softly strumming his guitar, sang a ballad entitled "That Lonesome Road" during a 15-minute graveside ceremony.
Relatives and friends invited to the funeral services declined to be interviewed, insisting that Belushi's family wanted no publicity.
"It's not a wedding, it's not a celebration. It's their moment and it's to be respected," said one guest who would not give his name.
Family members, and most of the 200 guests, were visibly upset throughout the afternoon ceremonies.
Belushi's wife, Judith Jacklin, was first behind the wooden casket, trailed by Belushi's mother, Agnes, who clutched a gold crucifix and sobbed as her youngest son, Billy, held her arm. Following Mrs. Belushi, was her husband, Adam, who walked slowly with his head bowed. Belushi's brothers, Jimmy, 29, and Billy, 21, were also present.
Two Albanian Orthodox priests officiated at the 75-minute church service, during which the casket containing Belushi's body was opened.
One of the priests, Rev. Michael Dali, of St. Nicholas Albanian Orthodox Church in Chicago, said he was a longtime friend of the Belushi family.
In addition to Taylor and Aykroyd, who both own homes on the Vineyard, other colleagues who attended the services included Bill Murray, from the original Saturday Night Live cast, actor Treat Williams, Lorne Michaels who produced Saturday Night Live, and Michael O'Donoghue, one of the show's creators.
Lee Solters, a spokesman for the family, said that Belushi's relatives wanted him to be remembered not only as a comedian but as a warm and friendly man.
In a eulogy during the Mass, Rev. Ilia Katee of the Holy Trinity Albanian Orthodox Church in Boston, said that Belushi, who brought "talent, joy and entertainment to millions was cut off from reaching his full potential."
"We can hear the call of the solitary warning: Wise up,"' Fr. Katee said.
Copyright 1982, 2001 Globe Newspaper Company
Record Number: 8301110548
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Burial: 10 March 1982, Abel's Hill Cemetery, Chilmark, Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.