Message from the PBBA President – Gerard Godville about Harley Putnam
This announcement is with sadness. But it is also with pride…
Pemi-Baker Beekeepers’ Association has lost one of its founders – a life member and bee school instructor – How I met Harley. 20+ years ago I decided to raise honeybees. Talking with my buddy Dave saying that I didn’t know the first things about bees – he said ‘I know a guy’ who raises bees! That day –we went to a log cabin on a hill in the town of Bristol. And that’s when I met Harley and Susie Putnam.
We sat on their porch for at least 2 hours – No matter what questions I asked, Harley would answer and walk me through explaining in a calm relaxing voice how watching the bees work in and around their hive was almost magical! I was hooked!
Harley showed me how to care for the bees and to be a beekeeper. He was my mentor and my friend!
He will be missed – our thoughts and prayers are with Susie and family.