William P. Shelsy
1936 - 2019
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Mr. William P. Shelsy, of Pittsfield, passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2019. Born in Pittsfield, MA, on October 3, 1936, the son of the late Patrick and Mary Resse Shelsy, he graduated from St. Joseph Central High School in 1955 and also attended St. Michael's College in Vermont.

Bill worked for the Berkshire Eagle and was the Circulation Director for Miller Newspapers for 27 years. He was also the owner and operator of Shelsy's Restaurant in Lanesborough for 15 years.

Bill was very active in his community. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, and a member and past President of the New England Association of Circulation Executives. He was a member of the Pittsfield Licensing Board and was on the Pittsfield Bicentennial Commission.

Besides his beloved wife, Marie Hurley Shelsy, whom he married on August 12, 1961, Bill is survived by his daughters; Christine Pratte of Bedford, NH., Terri Clark of Scotia, NY, Tracie Shelsy of Pittsfield, MA; and his son, Eric Shelsy of Lanesborough, MA. Bill also leaves behind nine adored grandchildren; Laine and Paige Chiaretta, Carly and Catherine Clark, McKensie Saldo, and Courtney, Jackson, Katherine, and Jacob Shelsy. Bill also enjoyed watching endless hours of TV, especially when the Red Sox were on. He enjoyed golfing at "The Hills," vacationing at the beach, and dancing polka with his daughters and granddaughters. Bill was known for his voracious appetite - he loved Italian food, cooking and his chocolate ice cream (or... anything chocolate at all). Along with cooking he enjoyed making homemade dandelion wine and grappa for his friends; partying and entertaining were his favorite pastimes. He was a devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. The family would like to thank his Hospice nurse Carm and the staff at Craneville Place who are truly angels on earth.

Funeral Notice:

Funeral services for Mr. William P. Shelsy will be Saturday, August 24, 2019, at 8 a.m. from the Dwyer Funeral Home with a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 9 a.m. at St. Agnes Church, celebrated by the Rev. Christopher Malatesta, Pastor. Burial will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery. Calling hours will be Friday afternoon, August 23, 2019, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Susan Kellar, Craneville Recreation Fund in care of the Dwyer Funeral Home, 776 North St., Pittsfield, MA 01201 in his memory. Please visit www.dwyerfuneral.com to leave condolences and remembrances.

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Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Aug. 22, 2019.
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September 17, 2019
Our condolences to Marie and the family.
Bill and I were classmates and good friends at St Joe's and we shared many great trips to the ski areas of southern Vermont - through all kinds of weather.

Later, we were roommates at St Mike's; I don't remember ever exchanging an unpleasant word with Bill - which is a comment on his patience I think.

After returning to the Berkshires after a 40 year absence I saw Bill once in a while, then we moved to Florida and lost touch.

I was saddened to learn of Bill's death. He was a true gentleman and I shall always picture him with a big smile on his face.
As Yeats once wrote:"...say my glory was I had such friends".
Richard Henneberry
August 28, 2019
My condolences to the family. I share in your sadness as you remember Bill. I hope you feel surrounded by much love.
John Bernardo
August 26, 2019
Eric

I didn't know your dad well, but he had a son who was one of the kindest, nicest and most caring people that I've ever known. I know that who you are and all that you've become was a great source of pride for him, which is the best gift a kid can give to his dad

I'm sorry for your loss

Jason Anthony
Richmond. Virginia
Jason Anthony
August 24, 2019
So glad I got to visit with Bill earlier this month. Always enjoyed crossing paths. Nice memories from years ago.
Dan Daly
August 24, 2019
Dan Daly
August 24, 2019
We are most sorry to hear of Bills passing and recall many happy times with Bill and Marie.

Jan and Pete Favata
August 24, 2019
Marie, There are never the right words to say at a time like this. I am so sorry for your loss. I will never forget you and Bill being there when my Mom passed. Our condolences to you and your family.


Mike & Tina Kickery
Tina Kickery
August 23, 2019
Marie and family.. I am saddened to hear of Bill's passing. He was a great man and was happy to have worked for him at Shelsy's.
Thoughts and prayers to all the family. May he rest in peace.
Carol Spiewak
August 23, 2019
Marie and family.. I am saddened to hear of Bill's passing. He was a great man and was happy to have worked for him at Shelsy's.
Thoughts and prayers to all the family. May he rest in peace.
Carol Spiewak
August 23, 2019
Eric and family, may memories and the love of family surround you and give you strength in the days ahead. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.
Jon & Janine Slocum
August 23, 2019
Marie and Family, So sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Thinking of
You and your family.

Fondly, Rita and Don Cormier
August 23, 2019
Dear Family,

Just reading of Bill's passing. A special man who will be missed by all. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Don & Sue Coughlin
August 23, 2019
Eric and family,
So sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Shelley (French) Levesque
August 23, 2019
Tracie, Eric and Family, We are so very sorry to hear of your father's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Jim & Terry Boland
August 23, 2019
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August 23, 2019
Having a great meal
August 23, 2019
Christine Shelsy Pratte
August 22, 2019
Mrs Shelsy, Terri, Tracie, Chris & Eric, I am so sorry for this huge loss in your lives. He was such a wonderful person. Terri, I think we gave him a grey hair or 2! Please accept our sympathies, we are away and will not be able to attend the services. We are keeping you in our thoughts, Patty (Blair) & Packy Turner
Patty Turner
August 22, 2019
Don & Sue Coughlin
August 22, 2019
Marie and family, Praying that you find God's peace at this time. Bill was a great guy and will be missed!
Joyce Armstrong
August 22, 2019
Marie and family, Terri, Chris and I am so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. Please accept our sincere condolences. Our prayers and thoughts are with you!
Love,
Arlene, Terri and Chris Herrick
August 22, 2019
Marie know that you and the family are in my thoughts prayers at this most difficult time.
God Bless!
Charlie Kalis, Boynton Beach, FL
August 22, 2019
Marie & family,
So sorry to hear about Bill. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all. May he rest in peace.
Tim & Mary Sheehan
August 22, 2019
Dear Shelsy family: We were very sorry to hear of Bill's passing. We met him through my brother, Bob Taylor - they were good friends. We hope the many wonderful memories you have will sustain you through this difficult time.

Patrick & Mary Taylor
Vero, Beach, FL
Mary Taylor
August 22, 2019
Marie and Family, my heart is just broken to hear this sad news. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, and I know that all of the wonderful memories you hold dear, will truly help you thru this difficult time. Mr. Bill, as I referred to him always, was such a wonderful man and admired by so many. I had the honor of knowing him and working with him for a number of years. During that time, he once gave me a lesson on cooking at the restaurant when he was making his delicious chicken soup. Thru this, I have almost mastered it, only with my turkey soup, that my grandchildren with undoubtedly remember me for. I thank you Mr. Bill, and may you rest in peace. I will remember you always!!
Sue Wellspeak
August 22, 2019
Shelsy Family: So sorry of reading of Bill,s passing. He raised a beautiful family and all should be proud of him. Great times at Shelly's. Was always nice seeing Marie and him at estate sales around the county. Sorry we cannot make services as we are away on vacation. RIP Bill. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Linda & Jim Yarmeyy
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