Charles W. McKellar, 1928 – 2018


On Sunday, December 30, 2018, Charles W. McKellar, loving husband, father and grandfather, passed away at the age of 90. Charles was a resident of Leesburg and formerly of Ft. Myers Beach and Wickford, Rhode Island.

Charles was born May 2, 1928 in British Columbia, Canada to Chester and Dorothy (Bennett) McKellar. He served in the United States Marine Corps for 22 years retiring as mck2012052 copyCaptain, after which he managed the data processing department and other units at Brown and Sharpe Manufacturing Company in Rhode Island for the next 21 years.

On June 26, 1954, Charles married Barbara (Lord) McKellar and raised two children, Mark W. McKellar and Lori M. McKellar.

Charles served in the Korean War and participated in  the Chosin Reservoir campaign. He was awarded the Bronze Star with “V” for valor for his efforts in reinforcing Fox Company, thus ensuring a successful withdrawal from North Korea. He was active in The Chosin Few, a fraternal organization to support the men who participated in the battle.

charles w. mckellarCharles was an active beekeeper in Rhode Island. He is past-president/director and lifetime member of the Eastern Apicultural Society. He was also an active member of the Rhode Island Beekeepers Association and frequently spoke about beekeeping to schools and various social groups. In his retirement years, he enjoyed running, playing tennis and cycling.

He was preceded in death by his father, Chester, mother, Dorothy and three brothers, Earl, Chester and Donald.

Charles is survived by his wife of 64 years, Barbara; his children, Mark (Laura) and Lori (Ian); and his grandchildren, Mark and David.

Military interment services to be held at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Florida – date to be announced. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Semper Fi Fund.

“For it isn’t your mother, your father or wife

whose judgment upon you must pass,

but the man whose verdict counts most in your life

is the one staring back from the glass.

He’s the fellow to please,

never mind all the rest.”


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