Keith Winslow Ellis Sr. of Sagamore Beach, the co-owner of Sagamore Cranberry for many years, died September 6 at the LifeCare Center of Plymouth. Mr. Ellis was 73.
He was the husband of Lynne Elizabeth (Keery) Ellis. They were married in 1976 and together raised four children in Sagamore Beach.
The second child of Leslie F. Ellis Jr. and Elizabeth A. (Roper) Ellis, after graduating from Bourne High School he went on to attend Stockbridge School of Agriculture, an academic unit of the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.
At the age of 19 he was drafted into the US Army and soon found himself at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, for paramilitary and demolitions training. He was deployed to Vietnam, where he served two years as a sergeant.
Soon after returning from Vietnam, in 1974, Mr. Ellis started a landscape business, Sagamore Cranberry, with his cousin Glenn Terrill. Together, they owned 40 acres of cranberry bogs and an additional 100 acres of supporting upland.
He was also a volunteer firefighter in Sagamore Beach for 10 years.
An avid sportsman, Mr. Ellis enjoyed shellfishing and spent the annual hunting season with close friends and family.
In addition to his wife of 45 years, he leaves their children, Keith W. Ellis Jr. of Sagamore Beach, Christopher W. Ellis of Plymouth, Keri Ellis Lata of West Hartford, Connecticut, and David L. Ellis of Marstons Mills; seven grandchildren, Aiden Ellis, Keith W. Ellis III, Emory Ellis, Jameson Ellis, Tabor Ellis, Emmett Lata and Brayden Lata; his uncle, Herbert Ellis, and his aunt, Janice Terrill, both of Sagamore Beach; a sister, Brenda Weston of Buzzards Bay; as well as many nieces and nephews and other extended family.
Visiting hours will be Tuesday, September 14, from 11 AM to 2 PM at Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Boulevard in Bourne.