Nelson L. Tulumello, 67, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., a former resident of Amherst and former owner and operator of Baehre & Shumway Corp., a Buffalo commercial door specialty company, died Wednesday (Feb. 21, 2001) in Millard Fillmore Hospital after a long illness.
He was flown from Myrtle Beach to Buffalo earlier the day of his death.
The Buffalo native was a graduate of Lafayette High School. He moved to Myrtle Beach in 1999 after selling his company and retiring. After his retirement, he fulfilled a lifelong dream to sail from Buffalo to his South Carolina home in his trawler.
His 37-foot boat was named Badd Neez and replaced his sailboat Fiveavus, named for the five members of his immediate family. The journey to South Carolina started on the Erie Canal and lasted two months.
Tulumello was a former member of the Erie Basin Marina and the Buffalo local of the Carpenters Union. In South Carolina, he was a member of the Myrtle Beach Yacht Club and the Coastal Cotillion.
Survivors include his former wife, the former Joan Shields; two daughters, Nancy and Lynne Frese, both of Amherst; a son, Robert of Charleston, S.C.; and five grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be held.