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Eells returned to the state of New York where he became a machinist and tool maker for the American Can Company of Geneva, New York. During this time he owned and flew an Aeronca lightplane for sport. Upon retirement he moved to Florida and settled at Tavaria where he continued to do neighborhood repair work at times and enjoyed fishing. After gradually failing health, Eells passed away at the Waterman Memorial Hospital, Eustis, Florida, on November 6, 1965, at age 78. He was survived by a sister and a niece, both of Hammondsport, New York. His remains were returned to Bath for burial in Nondaga Cemetary.
Fred G. Eells was one of the more capable pioneers of American aviation history. A good mechanic, he built his first planes and taught himself to fly them. One of the first to join the aviation movement in the United States, a close lifetime friend of Glenn Curtiss, he was the first to fly over Bath and Rochester, New York. He was continually striving to improve aircraft in every way possible. His name must be well recorded in the annals of early American aviation history.

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