Belle Pronman lived and worked in Jamaica Plain for over 20 years. Belle passed away in November 2005 as a result of brain cancer.This website is dedicated to her.The following text appeared in the Jamaica Plain Gazette on December 16, 2005 in order to notify the
FAREWELL TO BELLE
BELLE PRONMAN: JUNE 7, 1962 to NOV 26, 2005
Many Gazette readers no doubt will remember my friend, Belle Pronman, the "jewelry lady" who ran her own jewelry stand in front of J.P. Licks on Centre Street for many years. She was practically a second Centre Street monument!
Like me, she was making an independent living. We became fast friends ( Our birthdays were just two days apart.), and I hung out with her many summer days at her stand while I waited for my appointments to show up. People thought we were sisters and even mistook us for each other. Although I am not related by blood to Belle, over the years we had become soul sisters. Perhaps because of this I could sense that there were difficult times ahead when I snapped the above happy photo of her a few months before her October 2004 operation.
Belle was always a fighter, and four months after that operation she found her way out of the coma into which she had fallen. With the help of her friends, she managed to have another year, month and a day to celebrate this world of sound, light, laughter and friendship. Although I grieve at her passing, I rejoice in her brave attempt to carve out a little more time, and how she slipped naturally, at the end, through the door of our existence and into the unknown.
DON'T MISS A NEW LISTING AGAIN!