Princeton, industrial designer, avid sailor; 66
PRINCETON -- Bob Shelton, 66, of Princeton, MA, died May 15 while on the annual maiden voyage of his beloved Sojourn sloop as it sailed upon the crystal clear waters of Buzzards Bay.
Affectionately known by family and friends as "Captain Bob" for his love of sailing, he was a master craftsman and a mentor to many. As Principal of Hawk Ledge Design, and previously as Director of Design and Development at Foster Grant Sunglasses, he forged a strong reputation as a leading designer of consumer products and packaging. He was awarded over 30 U.S. and international patents.
Beyond industrial and packaging design, Bob's interests ranged from skiing to art. His beautiful oil paintings and watercolors were coveted gifts of family and friends. Business and pleasure gave him a lifetime of opportunities to travel around the world.
He was a graduate of Mass College of Art where he was chosen as the Industrial Design Student of the Year. Bob also was a veteran of the U.S. Army
, having served in England as an engineer during the Vietnam War
. After a European discharge, he continued his industrial design education in Sweden.
He was born on November 13, 1946 in Providence, R.I. to Paul and Phyllis (Lord) Shelton. His father was a distribution engineer for Mass Electric. His mother was a homemaker and had attended Rhode Island School of Design. The family later moved to Westborough, MA.
A devoted and loving husband, Bob was married in 1987 to Susan Shelton, Director of the Leominster Public Library. A year later they moved into a contemporary light-filled mountain top home, which Bob designed. Together they were active in community affairs in both Leominster and Princeton, where Bob served as President of the Princeton Arts Society.
His loving wife, Susan, said of Bob, "His love of life and his constant devotion to being there for me, for his family and for his godchildren and friends set him apart. Nothing made his heart soar like being on his boat with those he loved, and sharing the beauty of the open seas. He will be missed by so many people. He was a truly good man."
In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by his father, Paul, of Peterborough, N.H.; a twin sister, Betsy and her husband, Gene of Grafton, MA; and two brothers, Dick Shelton and his wife, Joni of Peterborough, N.H.; and David and his wife, Karen of Birmingham, MI.
He also leaves behind eight nieces and nephews; nine great nieces and nephews; and four godchildren.
He is predeceased by his mother.
SHELTON -- A memorial service for Bob will be held at the Pilgrim Congregational Church, 26 West Street, Leominster, MA on Wednesday, May 22 at 10 a.m. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Leominster Public Library, 30 West Street, Leominster, MA 01453. The funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg.