ONEIDA >> Harold A. Mellen, 72, of 532 Lincoln Ave., died Saturday morning, March 30, 2013, at his residence following a short illness.
He was born Jan. 8, 1941, in New Port News, Va., the son of Harold and Helen Quinn Mellen. On Aug. 27, 1994, he was united in marriage to the former Carrie Gardner Farr. He had been employed in the bakery department of Price Chopper in Oneida. He was a member and was the current Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks, of Oneida Lodge No. 767. He had been the safe driving instructor for the A.A.R.P., was a member of the R.S.V.P. and had received the Presidential Life Achievement award, had done video tech and audio repair for PAC 99, was a Ham Radio operator with Call No. K2UCO, and for over 50 years provided the emergency network.
Harold was a volunteer with the American Red Cross and had done tutoring for Literacy Volunteers at Oneida Library, and was active with the Boy Scouts of America.
Surviving is his wife, Carrie; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Benjamin and Deborah Farr, of West Winfield and Henry Farr, of Oneida; a daughter and son-in-law, Belinda and Steven Rotola, of Lewisburg, Pa.; one sister and brother-in-law, Florence and Norman Zona, of South Carolina; eight grandchildren, and two nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 13, 2013, from the Coolican-McSweeney Funeral Home, 322 Washington Ave., Oneida. Interment will be made in Valley View Cemetery, Oneida. Friends may call on Saturday, April 13, from 1-3 p.m. preceding the service, with the Rev. Thomas Burgess, of Hope Christian Fellowship, of Canastota, officiating.