HOPKINTON, NH David F. Shelton of Moss Road, Hopkinton, NH passed away from an extended illness on March 7, 2014 at Concord Hospice House.
Born on July 4, 1929, he took his undergraduate degree from Texas A&M, and entered into active military service in 1951. He was separated from active duty in 1954 after serving as First Lieutenant with the US Army in Germany, and was discharged as a Captain in the Signal Corps in 1962.
After graduate study at Columbia University and a degree in political science he joined the faculty of New England College, where he remained until 1961. After serving on the faculties of the Dublin School (NH), and at Chelmsford (MA) High School, he was married and moved to Canaan in 1963 for a long tenure at Cardigan Mountain School in Canaan. He retired from the teaching profession in 1992 after nearly 30 years as a faculty member at Cardigan, where he served as head of the social studies department.
He has lived in Hopkinton since 1992 to the accompaniment of both bluegrass and classical soundtracks with his wife of 52 years Carol (Moss) Shelton. He is also survived by a daughter Catherine Shumadine, son-in-law John Shumadine, and granddaughter Emma in Portland, Maine. One of eleven siblings born to Frank and Antoinette (Warzun) Sechelski in Anderson, Texas, he is survived by two brothers, Alexander Sechelski, Atlanta, GA and Alfred Sechelski, Chappell Hill, Texas. He leaves many nieces and nephews.
As a member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen for over 30 years, he was a skilled woodworker, producing furniture and household objects and a large menagerie of small hard-carved folk art animals, which sell continuously in the League shop statewide. He loved a "good piece of butternut", along with Macoun apples. His daily interests included plants, winter birds and squirrels, and a heritage back 40 of excellent blueberry bushes.
His life-long concerns have focused on the underprivileged and victims of bias and Prejudice. He has been a long-time advocate of the Southern Poverty Law Center and suggests that any donations be made in his name to the group at 400 Washington Avenue, P.O. Box 548, Montgomery AL 36177-9621. He also constantly advocated for the promotion of worldwide animal rights and protection in addition to more local activity and was involved with the current construction of the new Concord-Merrimack SPCA in Concord.
Commemorative services will take place during the early summer at the convenience of the family. The family also would like to recognize the invaluable assistance given by the Concord Hospice House through the Concord Regional Visiting Nurse Association, 30 Pillsbury Street, Concord, NH 03301.
The Holt-Woodbury Funeral Home & Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.