John William Shelby, 73, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday September 21, 2012 following a year long battle with cancer. He leaves behind his wife Diane (Campbell) Shelby, his son Ronald C. Shelby of Atlanta; two sisters Barbara Ann Phillips of Northridge, CA and Susan Solon of New Smyrna Beach; five nephews, one niece and many close friends. Born November 23, 1938 in Los Angeles, CA the son of the late Dr. Donald C. Shelby and Mary Louise McCone (sister to John A. McCone, 6th Director of the CIA under President Kennedy). John was a former resident of CA, NM and TX before finally calling New Smyrna Beach home in 1997. In his youth, John was a proud serviceman for the US Navy serving on the USS Estes (Admiral's Flagship) from 1959 until his honorable discharge in 1965. He then attended and graduated Cum Laude from College of Santa Fe with a BBA in accounting. It was there in NM where he had the opportunity to work for the University of California at Los Alamos. Excelling in his profession, John was recruited to work at Vought Aircraft, makers of Corsair Fighter Aircraft in Arlington, TX where he later retired as Manager of Computer Operations. While living in TX, he met and married his lovely wife Diane. With a passion for helping others, quick wit and 10 foot tall personality, John was an active member of New Smyrna Beach. He offered his time and knowledge as a Tax Aide District and Technical Coordinator, Technology Specialist for the State and a Tax Preparer Volunteer at Catholic Church of the Epiphany. John also served as a City of NSB Code Enforcement volunteer board member. If you needed help building a fence, fixing your computer or advice on your rose garden everyone called John. He relished the friendships he made with his neighbors and community. He was a loving husband to wife Diane and devoted father to son Ron. Listen close and one can hear all the fond memories that they shared on the lakes and rivers boating, waterskiing and golf course putting around. Big John touched our soul and his presence in our life is a gift which we will be forever thankful. Visitation will be held Thursday, September 27 from 4:00-6:00pm at Cardwell Funeral Home, 3571 S Ridgewood Avenue, Port Orange, FL 32129. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am on Friday, September 28, 2012 at Catholic Church of the Epiphany in Port Orange, Florida. A celebration of John's life will follow after the service. Memorial donations may be made to Epiphany Catholic Church, 201 Lafayette St, Port Orange, FL 32127 or to Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation, P.O. Box 23827, Tampa, FL 33623.
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from Sept. 25 to Sept. 27, 2012