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FRAMINGHAM – Fernando Beltran, 85, of Mashpee, formerly of Framingham passed away peacefully on November 6, 2021 after an exceptionally valiant battle with pancreatic cancer.

He is survived by his children Alejandro, Luz Elena Morey, Carlos, Ana Maria Vinha and her husband Jorge Vinha, and by his longtime companion Mary Perry. He was adored by his grandchildren, Julia Vinha & Camila Vinha, Joseph Beltran, Fiona Wang, Lucia Morey and Evangelyn Beltran. He is also survived by his two sisters in Colombia, Clara Gutierrez and Constanza Rivero, as well as many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Fernando was born in Bogota, Colombia. In his early years, he attended both the Colombian and Chilean Naval Academies. He was particularly delighted by the fond memory to have sailed for 7 months on the four-masted (tall) ship, the B.E. Esmeralda, sailing the Pacific Ocean and up to San Francisco.

He always loved the ocean and was happiest at his home on Cape Cod, in Mashpee. He especially cherished visits from his loved ones: taking walks and going on outings with Mary, his children, and his grandchildren.

Fernando obtained two graduate degrees in Electrical Engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago and at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, MA. He had a life-long thirst for knowledge, and he continued to study and learn until just days before his passing.

He worked for the Raytheon Company in Massachusetts for 32 years and afterwards for 20 years as a consultant to the US Navy in Chesapeake, VA. He felt extremely fortunate that at all times of his life, both personally and professionally, he interacted with so many gifted people of tremendous qualities.

He was especially proud, yet very humbled by the Raytheon Company’s dedication of a modern antenna test facility, in his name. A plaque at the entrance of the building in Sudbury reads, “He’s touched so many lives, given more than anyone could ask, mentor to all, challenged us and allowed us to grow, we are forever indebted.”

Fernando was grateful and honored for the opportunity to be a citizen of the United States and to live the last 57 years of his life in this country which he absolutely loved.

All services are private. Arrangements by Bryant Funeral Home in Wayland.

Donations in his name may be made to the Lupus Foundation of America.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.