Robert E. Fellows, 91, of North Swanzey, and formerly of Marlborough and the Upper Valley, died on Sunday, January 10, 2016 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon.
Robert was born the son of the late Edith (Hanchette) and Harold Fellows on May 30, 1924 in Hanover. He was educated in Hanover and Lebanon.
Robert enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He was trained as an airplane and engine mechanic, serving in the Pacific Offensive in the Southern Philippines.
On September 16, 1943, he exchanged vows with Arlene E. Beliveau. They were married at Sacred Heart Parish in Lebanon. Sadly, Arlene passed in 1991 after forty-eight years of marriage.
Robert and Arlene were the owners and proprietors of Felsboro Gardens in Etna. A business opportunity with larger greenhouse facilities led them to Marlborough. Their many customers in the Keene area prized the quality plants available at their garden center. The business was in operation for fifteen years before their retirement in 1985. Prior to moving to Marlborough, Robert had worked at various businesses in the Upper Valley. After retirement, they moved to North Swanzey where Robert continued to grow vegetables and flowers for his personal enjoyment.
His passion in life was gardening, and he was always willing to share his expertise with friends and neighbors. Past interests also included fishing, boating and square dancing.
Mr. Fellows is survived by his son, Thomas E. Fellows and his wife Nancy of Hopkinton and his daughter, Judith A. Fellows-Miller, PhD and her husband Don Miller of Old Bennington, VT. A sister, Hazel Beliveau of Charlestown. His grandchildren: Mark Fellows of Manchester, Richard Fellows of Hanover, Larraby Fellows of Worcester, VT, and Chelsea Fellows-Stanley of Cornwall, VT. Great-grandchildren: Alex Fellows, Isaac Fellows, Roland Stanley, Eleanor Close and Rosamund Close. In addition, he leaves cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends, including his long time friend Dorothy LaBar of Keene. Robert was predeceased by his brother, Fred Fellows.
In keeping with Robert’s wishes, there are no calling hours. A private burial, with military honors, will be held in the spring at Hanover Center Cemetery. Donations may be made in memory of Robert E. Fellows to : Stonewall Farm, 242 Chesterfield Rd., Keene, NH 03431. All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Cremations, 44 Maple Ave., Keene, NH 03431. www.cheshirefamilyfuneralhome.com