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'Singing pharmacist' takes last bow

January 06, 2001

Lolita Harper

MAGNOLIA PARK -- Robert Paul Bellamy, known to many in Burbank as the

singing pharmacist, died Dec. 26, 2000, in the care of the Scripps Torrey

Convalescent Hospital in La Jolla.

He was the owner of Bellamy's Pharmacy at 2315 W. Magnolia for 40

years. But music was his first love, said longtime friend Mary Ann Green.

Bellamy, 85, suffered from Alzheimer's disease and died in his sleep.

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Mr. Bellamy was born and raised in Cambridge, Neb. He started working

in his father's pharmacy at the age of 10. He formed a quartet in

Nebraska that helped put him through college and pharmacy school at

University of Nebraska, his son-in-law Bill Mitchell said.

Following his love for music, Bellamy sang with Bing Crosby, Frank

Sinatra, Andy Williams and Francis Langford, Mitchell said. He also sang

the background music for the movie "The Alamo."

"He had a glorious tenor singing voice," said sister-in-law Marguerite

Bellamy. "I used to always ask him to sing for me."

But Bellamy turned down a singing contract in Las Vegas because he

thought being a pharmacist was more stable, Mitchell said.

His daughter, MaryJane Mitchell, continued the family tradition by

working in the pharmacy at the age of 8.

"My dad had a real mom-and-pop type of pharmacy," she said. "He knew

all of his customers and doctors. They were like family to him."

Bellamy's Pharmacy closed in 1990, when Robert Bellamy retired.

"It was such a sad day," his daughter said. "All the girls [his

employees] cried."

He is survived by his only daughter, MaryJane, and her husband, Bill

Mitchell.

Services were private. Internment was at Forest Lawn, Glendale.

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