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Lee Harvey Atkinson

September 18, 1939 — February 20, 2024


Lee Harvey Atkinson, 84, of Charlotte, NC, passed away on February 20, 2024.  

Lee was born in Pittsburgh, PA on September 18, 1939 to the late Fred Atkinson and Helen Atkinson.   Along with his parents, Lee is preceded in death by his sister, Sue Bullard, of Fulton, NY.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Kay, his son Keith, daughter-in-law Tracey and granddaughter Elise, all of Charlotte.

Growing up primarily in Syracuse, NY, Lee attended Syracuse University, graduating in 1961 with a degree in Business Administration. At Syracuse, he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. His loyalty to the Orangemen was a lifelong passion long after moving away from the Syracuse area in 1967.  

Following college, Lee worked for Aetna Life & Casualty for 35 years in multiple positions, including numerous management roles, in various cities around the country, including Hartford, Houston, Los Angeles, Cleveland and New York City.

In 1995, Lee and his family retired to the Highland Creek community in Charlotte, where he remained until his passing. In Charlotte, he honed his skills as an avid golfer. He also enjoyed playing poker and fantasy football with his buddies. Mostly of all, “Giddo” enjoyed spending time with his family.

Service information will be posted shortly.

In lieu of flowers, his family asks that donations be made in his honor to the American Lung Association ( or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital (

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