Joan C. Fullam
Joan Claire (Thomas) Fullam affectionately known as "Bam Bam", passed away peacefully at The Melech Hospice House in Temple Terrace, Florida on May 27, 2019. She was born in Weymouth, Massachusetts on May 1, 1931 to William and Martha Thomas. Joan was the oldest of four children, who were all raised in Braintree, Massachusetts.
Joan graduated in 1949 from Braintree High. After becoming an American Airline Stewardess in 1952, she fell in love with Lawrence Fullam of Whitestone, New York at a picnic in Heckscher Park. They married on July 2, 1955 and settled in Southampton Shores to his family's home on Turtle Cove Drive. They raised their seven children in this wonderful close-knit community, where they enjoyed a life of boating, tennis, baseball, and sunbathing. She would often refer to it as "God's Country."
For 18 years, she was employed by Local 3 of the IBEW Electrical Union, located at the former Bayberry Land in Southampton. Upon retiring after her husband's death, Joan would become a snowbird and spend her winters in Florida, living in a condo complex in Lake Worth. Making lifelong friends, they all share a matching friendship necklace, which she never took off. In 2017, Joan moved to an Assisted Living Facility located by her daughter Judi, outside Tampa Area. She thrived throughout her time there, participating in all available activities including modeling in a fashion show.
Joan is survived by her two daughters: Jayne (John) Martaron and Judith (Kevin) McGuinness, and her three sons: William (Tricia) Fullam, Thomas (Anne Marie) Fullam, and Richard (Denise) Fullam. She is also survived by her sister: Lois Foley, her sixteen grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren and many friends. She is predeceased by her husband Lawrencem and their two sons, Michael and James.
Visitation will be held on May 30, 2019, at O'Connell-Rothwell Funeral Home. The funeral mass will be held on Friday, May 31, 2019 at the Basilica Parish of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary in Southampton. Interment to follow at Calverton National Cemetery.
Memorial donations would be appreciated for a bench in Joan and Larry's honor to be placed at Southampton Shores Pavilion. Payable to Thomas Fullam, 189 Warfield Way, Southampton, NY 11968.