Conrad Lawrence Bellamy was the son of the late Gwyneth Joycelyn Prentice (Bellamy), of Gingerland, Nevis and Conrad Luther Bellamy of Garden Saint James, Barbados, West Indies. Conrad joined his Lord and Savior in eternal fellowship on October 19, 2019 after a short battle with cancer. His only sibling, William (“Willie”) Henry Bellamy, preceded him in death. He is married to Lynn Bellamy. Born and raised a Catholic, he became a member of the Knights of Columbus, rising to 4th Degree. He was a faithful member of St. Ignatius Catholic Church.
Conrad was born in the Bronx, NY on November 17, 1933. At the ripe age of 17, he joined the United States Navy where he engaged in combat during the Korean War, and later served on the battleship USS Wisconsin as a communications radio operator specializing in Morse code. He was an avid golfer and member of his ship’s golf team. He graduated from City College of New York. His adventurous spirit continued, and in 1961, Conrad was recruited to join the United States Foreign Service as a Foreign Service Officer. In 1962, Conrad married the late Eleanor DeLeaver Bellamy, and from this union they produced two children, Lorenzo Michael and Marguerite Yvette Bellamy. As a family they traveled all over the world and lived in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Brussels, Belgium; Khartoum, Sudan; Rabat, Morocco; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Paris, France. Conrad also lived in Kingston, Jamaica and Chennai, India. He loved to travel and found adventure in almost every posting, including “walking” with baboons, trying unsuccessfully to water ski in hippo infested waters, experimenting with growing the hottest peppers for his famous hot sauces, washing his hands in the mountain midst of the Virunga Volcano range while visiting the infamous mountain gorillas known and loved by Diane Fossy. Life was interesting for Conrad as he met presidents and leaders such as Idi Amin of Uganda, Mobutu of Zaire, and other less questionable dignitaries. When asked what country he liked the most, he said “Morocco; the people were nice and the food was good”. Conrad found love again and married Lynn Bellamy in 1997. He became the step-father to Lynn’s son, Leonard Clark. Conrad retired from the State Department in 1992 after 36 years of government service. With Lynn, Conrad continued to enjoy traveling but decided to finally experience more of the United States.
Conrad was always the “life of the party” and his outgoing and affable personality resonated with all who met him. Anyone of any age who met Conrad would want to be instant lifelong friends. The irony is that Conrad was somewhat of an introvert who guarded his feelings and privately spoke little. His "joie de vivre" was most apparent in his witty comments. When you asked Conrad how he felt, he always said, “with his hands”. When you asked him how he was doing, he would always say “mean and evil, no change!” He could sing a nasty song and make it sound rather beautiful, and he could be blunt with this comments but somehow not offensive. That was just Conrad!
Conrad was a man of many talents and interests. Besides his love of travel and socializing, he loved to cook. He was a “rock star” with a pressure cooker. Overseas, people would come for miles to eat his pizza’s. He also enjoyed hot food, the spicier the better! To his family’s angst, he enjoyed the traditional Christmas fruit cake. He did not however, enjoy blood sausages, but ate them regardless in order to not insult his hosts. Conrad could take apart a radio or TV and put it back together; he was also proud of his ability to fold bags… any kind of bag! He passed this legacy to his family. Conrad was also an incredible organizer and as a child growing up during the depression his motto was “waste not want not”. He labeled and saved everything. Conrad often went about his tasks with a quiet hum.
Conrad was with family and friends while in hospice at Gilchrest. While at Gilchrest, he was honored for his military service. After this joyful occasion, Conrad stated that he was so happy and loved his wife and family.
To cherish his memory, he leaves Lynn Carole Bellamy, his loving and attentive wife of 22 years, his children, Lorenzo M. Bellamy (Cherie) of Washington, D.C, Marguerite Y. Bellamy of Baltimore, MD; one stepson, Leonard Evans Clark (Raheela) Tampa Bay, Florida, two grandchildren, Jordan-Mary Bellamy and Linda-Cecilia-Bellamy, one step grandson, Micah Ahmed Clark and many extended family and friends. We love him but God loves him best.
I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith—II Timothy 4:7
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