Harold ("Hal") Peter Kellam, 78, a winter resident of North Fort Myers for the past 14 years and resident of Owego, N.Y., passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014, in Cape Coral. He was born in Narrowsburg, N.Y., Oct. 16, 1935, to Peter and Bertha (Stephenson) Kellam, now deceased.
He will be remembered by family and friends as a loving father, for his sense of humor, thoughtful manner, easy-going nature, love of blue grass music and camping at festivals all over the northeast, being a Yankee fan, traveling and touching all those old stones, jogging and later in life just walking his dog Rusty.
He graduated from Broome Community College, served in the U.S. Army, retired from I.B.M. (Endicott/Glendale) after 36 years, spent several years keeping busy in Walmart's sporting goods department; finally retiring to 90 acres in Tioga County to mow grass and more grass, fix machinery, and keep a garage full of vehicles running, especially his 1976 Ford 150 ("the orange") truck.
He is survived by his best friend and life partner, Geraldine "Geri" Cheevers of North Fort Myers and Owego, N.Y.; three sons, Guy Kellam (Rosemary) of Tyngsboro, Mass., Gary Kellam (Rhonda) of Albuquerque, N.M., and Daryl P. Kellam (Kathryn) of Endwell, N.Y.; one sister, Eleanor Wells of Narrowsburg, N.Y.; one brother, Donald A. Kellam of Hopewell Junction, N.Y.; three stepchildren, John E. Cheevers, of Modesto, CA, Susanne Cheevers of Binghamton, N.Y., and Elizabeth Youngs (Ty) of Wappengers Falls, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Jake and Gabriel; four step-grandchildren, Robert, Brian, Sydney and Taylor; four step-great-grandchildren, Robby, Ben, Annalise and Lily; as well as several nieces and nephews.
Memorial Services will be held in June in New York, with date and time to be determined.
Memorial contributions in memory of Harold Kellam are suggested to Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, SW, Lilburn, GA 30047.
Friends are invited to send condolences and remembrances via the on-line guest book which can be found at www.MullinsMemorial.com.
Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.