Callie (Cal) D. Tennant, of Schenevus, beloved son, brother, uncle and friend, passed away after a long, courageous struggle with diabetes, and died as a result of complications related to that disease Thursday evening, March 20, 2014, at his home. He was 38.
Born July 25, 1975, in Honesdale, PA, he was a son of Daniel F. and Rosemary (Teeple) Tennant. Raised in Pennsylvania, he moved to New York State in 1986 and graduated with the Class of 1993 from the Andrew S. Draper Central School in Schenevus.
Throughout his brief life, Cal was employed at various jobs and places in the area. His first job was at Carl's Drug Store and he later worked for several area restaurants and in the construction business.
At the age of 25 Cal decided to act on his longstanding desire to join the military and entered into active service with the United States Marine Corps
in August of 2001. Due to a medical condition, PFC Tennant received his honorable discharge from the Marines in September 2002, but was always proud of his service to his country.
Following his discharge from the military Cal returned to Schenevus and was employed at Home Depot and a car dealership, and also continued working as a handyman.
He had a great love for family, and to be loved by Cal was an amazing gift-a big heart, a big man, a big life!
Cal is survived by his mother, Pastor Rose Bellen and her husband, Bill, of Maryland; his father, Daniel F. Tennant of Honesdale, PA; two sisters and their families, Danielle and Barry Haney and their children, Calvin Rhett, Payton and Pierce of Unadilla and Maggie Bellen and her son, James Paul; a step-sister, Kim Daniels and her husband, Pat, and their children, Mitchell and Nicole of Honesdale, PA and a step- brother, Brad Bellen and his wife, Kristi, and their children, Bill and Katherine.
He was preceded in death by a step-brother, Bill Bellen who died in 1997.
All are invited to call from 2 - 5 p. m. on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home, 82 Chestnut Street in Cooperstown.
A funeral service will be offered at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown, with Donna-Gene Francis, Lay Leader of the Westville United Methodist Church, officiating.
Interment with military honors will be held at a later date.
Funeral arrangements are under the care and guidance of the Connell, Dow & Deysenroth Funeral Home in Cooperstown.