John Belmont Sterling, a longtime resident of Darien, passed away on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at Norwalk Hospital.  Born on August 13, 1948 in Stamford, he was the son of the late Robert Webster and Marion A. Wood Sterling.  He was 64.

John graduated from Darien High School, Class of 1968.  He worked throughout the United States in sales and sale management in the marine supply business his entire life and retired in August 2006.

He was chairman from 1983 to 1985 for the Darien Boat Club and was a 20-year member of the South Norwalk Boat Club.   He was a 24-year member of the Connecticut Marine Trades Association.  He served with the U.S. Army as a Sergeant and was stationed in Berlin, Germany from 1969 to 1971.

He is survived by two daughters, Lee Ann Sterling Soltis of Fairfield and Shannon Sterling Dery of Trumbull; and three grandchildren.  He was predeceased by a brother in 2001, Robert Wood (Woody) Sterling.

A Memorial Service will be held at the Edward Lawrence Funeral Home, 2119 Post Road, Darien on Monday, Dec. 10 at 11 a.m.  A private family burial will be held at St. John Cemetery, Darien.