David A. Sheldon
1927 - 2013 WALPOLE, N.H. David Austin Sheldon, 86, of Common Road, Walpole, and Edgewater Drive, Dunedin, Fla., died Monday, July 1, 2013, at home, surrounded by his family.
David was born in Ludlow, Mass., on June 7, 1927, the son of Lawrence M and Martha (Robbins) Sheldon. He attended schools in Agawam, Mass., area.
He left school to join the Navy near the end of WWII where he was stationed on a mine sweeper in the Pacific.
After the war, he was a machinist at Hamilton Standard in Windsor Locks, Conn. He then joined his brother, Ralph, in operating a restaurant known as the Glenn in Russell, Mass. He left the Glenn to purchase The Town House Restaurant in Beltchertown, Mass., with his wife, Mary.
In 1973, David and Mary sold The Town House and on July 4th weekend in 1974 came to Walpole and found the Homestead Inn. After many years of hard work, the Inn became the place they both dreamed about. They fully retired in 1998 after the Inn was sold.
David had a love for classic cars that was shared by his sons. He enjoyed reading westerns, playing cards, having a good laugh, be it with a friend or with someone he just met, and spending time with his family. He was a wonderful husband and father. He was a man of integrity, honor and pride.
On Oct. 20, 1956, he married Mary Teresa Murray who predeceased him.
Mr. Sheldon leaves his sons, Peter and his wife, Cheryl, of Langdon, and John and his wife, Annette, of Walpole; his granddaughters, Ariel and Bryeanna, and several step-grandchildren; his brother, Ralph and his wife, Angie, of New Port Richey, Fla., as well as several nieces and nephews.
FUNERAL NOTICE: There will be calling hours from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 5, at FENTON & HENNESSEY FUNERAL HOME in Bellows Falls, Vt. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at St. Peter's Church in North Walpole, N.H., with burial to follow in the Walpole Cemetery.