Frank P. Sheldon, 90, of Bloomfield and formerly of Manchester and East Hartford, beloved husband of Celeste (Hawkins) Sheldon, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2008, at the Seabury Retirement Community in Bloomfield.
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He was born Nov. 22, 1917, in Manchester, the son of Frank H. and Ruth (Phelps) Sheldon.
In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by three children, Elaine S. MacDonald and her husband, Robert, of Atlanta, Ga., James L. Sheldon and his wife, Shirley, of Andover, Mass., Bette S. Long and her husband, Eric, of Boulder, Colo., daughter-in-law, the Rev. Jaclyn Sheldon of East Lyme; grandchildren Casey and Brendon Keith, Jesse and David Sheldon, Dana, Samuel, Brian and Justin Long and step-granddaughter Megan McGuinness and her husband, Jeff, of Madison; three great-grandchildren and two nieces and a nephew. Frank was predeceased by his son William P. Sheldon; his brothers, James and Earl; and his sister, Mildred S. Pratt.
Frank was a most exceptional man! He was highly ethical, honest, hard working, and a devoted friend and family man. In his professional and community work, he appeared to accomplish it all with tremendous ease - never revealing all he did to study and prepare for whatever a task or duty required. Frank believed in giving his finest and best. One needs only to look at his long list of community service. The people of Manchester honored Frank by naming a street after him - Sheldon Road - because of his effort in establishing the highly successful industrial park. People from all walks of life depended on Frank, and he was always there. He will be deeply missed. Frank served our country in the First Marine Division as a commissioned warrant officer in the South Pacific during World War II. He served his community as an active Rotarian, vestry member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church, member of the Board of Education, and trustee of Manchester Memorial Hospital. He was also a 33rd degree Mason. He was an avid gardener and he loved to travel and golf. He was past president of Ellington Ridge Country Club and the Connecticut Seniors Golf Association. Frank had a successful career in the life insurance and estate planning business for over 60 years. He served his many clients with care and integrity.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, 2008, at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 41 Park St., Manchester. Burial will be held in the East Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Mary's Episcopal Church, 41 Park St., Manchester, CT 06040, or to the Seabury Charitable Foundation, 200 Seabury Drive, Bloomfield, CT 06002.
The Watkins Funeral Home, 142 East Center St., Manchester, has care of arrangements.
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Holmes Funeral Home
400 Main Street
Manchester, CT 06040
Published in Journal Inquirer from Aug. 8 to Aug. 12, 2008