EAST MEREDITH — Harry Leland Callahan was born Oct. 7, 1939 and passed away on Jan. 21, 2016. He was 76.
His parents were Lewis Callahan of Davenport and Florence Beams-Wiedeman of East Meredith.
He had two older brothers, Larry Callahan of Oneonta and Arnold “Butch” Callahan of Lakeland, Florida and one younger sister, Jaci Wiedeman-Moore of East Meredith.
He was predeceased by his parents and both of his brothers.
He is survived by his sister, Jaci and her husband, Todd Moore and their two daughters, Nicole Moore of Orlando, Florida and Kaitlyn Moore of Hartsville, South Carolina; three sons, Casey J. Callahan, formerly of Oneonta and his son, Conner Callahan of Maryland, Christopher J. Callahan, formerly of Oneonta and his son, Corey Callahan of New Mexico, and his youngest, Curtis J. Callahan of Cooperstown and his children, Alannah Callahan of Terryville, Connecticut, Aidan Callahan of Winsted, Connecticut, Kaelynn Callahan of Delhi and Mackenzie Callahan of Delhi.
He attended Charlotte Valley Central School and enlisted in the Army and served in Korea.
He had a garage in Stamford, where he met Karen Hinkley and married her on June 7, 1964.
He was a jack-of-all-trades and worked many jobs including turning wrenches with his good friend, Pete Pedersen at Pete’s Garage.
He was probably known for his self-appointed job as the “Mayor” of East Meredith, where he spent many hours and days waving and telling his stories from his front porch. He could captivate anyone from elders in the community to teenagers like his good friend, Alex Poole to his grandchildren of 10 and 8.
He was also a life member of the East Meredith Fire Department, American Legion Post 259, DAV and VFW.
There will be no calling hours. However, a mini-service followed by a celebration of life reception to share stories of “Leaky will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Presbyterian Church in Davenport.