Keith Robert Fulton, 86, of Lempster, NH died peacefully in New London on December 22, 2021.
Keith was born at his home in Mexico, Maine on January 9, 1935, the son of Hugh Joseph and Velma (Spaulding) Fulton. Keith loved to work hard and spent his early years delivering papers for the Lewiston Daily Sun, working at J.C. Penney and First National Supermarket, and as a logger with his grandfather, Walter Spaulding. He worked briefly for New England Concrete in Springfield, MA before settling in Connecticut where he was employed by Pratt & Whitney Aircraft and then began working construction with Daddario and DeFonce, Inc., participating in the construction of the Newburgh Beacon Bridge in Newburgh, NY and Interstate 95 from New York to New Haven, CT.
In 1958, he met and married Della Virginia Van Camp and they made their home in Stratford, CT, and started a family which grew with the addition of 5 children. Among many other blessings, Keith instilled in his children his strong sense of family, his dedication to working hard for everything you have, to be kind and compassionate, and his deep love and appreciation for music. Everyone loved to hear Keith sing. In 1965, he took second place in a music competition, scoring a recording offer from RCA Records. Despite his love of performing, he turned it down in favor of keeping his focus on his family. That didn’t stop him from a lifetime of playing his guitar, singing everyone’s favorite songs, and passing his musical talents and enthusiasm along to his kids.
In 1975, they moved their young family to Lempster, NH where they purchased and revitalized the Chatterbox-Exxon store and garage, building a thriving country store that housed the Lempster Post Office and lunch counter and a busy service station, complete with pumps, providing car and truck repairs, gas, diesel and kerosene, and both private and NH DOT plowing and sanding services.
In 1981, Keith and Della sold the store and garage so that Keith could return to the construction business that he enjoyed so much and together they built Fulton’s Construction, offering sand, gravel, loam and stone products and providing full earthwork services.
Keith was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing, swimming, snow sports and anything else that would keep him outside and adventurous. He loved the woods, he loved nature and he especially loved doing anything that could include his wife, his children and his dogs.
Keith was predeceased by his parents and his siblings, brothers Hugh Joseph Fulton, Jr. and Dale Wayne Fulton and sisters, Birdina Pauline Allen and Sharee Starr Thompson.
Keith is survived by his loving wife 61 years, Della, sons Robert Keith Fulton and his wife Judy of Sarasota, FL, Troy Scott Fulton and his partner of 25 years, Karen Coronis of Newport, and Jason Michael Fulton of Lempster, daughters Tammy Lynne Jackson and her husband, Cliff Clegg of Sunapee, Traci Jo Homol and her husband Michael of Lempster and Allison Lynne Mollica and her husband, Joseph of Concord. He also leaves a legacy in an abundance of loving and beloved grandchildren, great grandchildren and great, great grandchildren. And he will be forever missed by his fur buddy, Maverick.
A celebration of Keith Fulton’s memorable life will be held sometime in the summer 2022.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to or volunteer at your local pet rescue or humane society.
God called your name so softly that only you could hear, and no one heard the footsteps of the angels drawing near. It broke our hearts to lose you, but you didn’t go alone, for part of us went with you the day God called you home. Gone but not forgotten.