Gale W. Shelley, 80, of Swanzey and a former resident of Keene and Westmoreland, died on Friday, January 31, 2020, at Westwood Care Center in Keene, with his family near after a period of declining health.
Gale was born in Keene the son of the late Annie M. (Johnson) and Hugh A. Shelley Sr. on October 30, 1939, in Keene. He was educated locally and graduated from Keene High School, class of 1957. He continued with his education and graduated from Franklin Pierce College in 1982 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering.
On April 30, 2001, he exchanged vows with his wife, Carol A. Cote at the Trucking Chapel in Reno, NV. They were married in a simple service and have been married for eighteen years.
Gale was the manager at Sand Hill Stoves Co. for five years before retiring in 2012. Prior, he had worked at Millipore as a plant engineer for ten years where he was experienced in working on plumbing, heating, wells, and furnaces.
He enjoyed bowling and was a member of a traveling bowling league. Gale also enjoyed playing golf at Brentwood Golf Course. He played and coached softball and liked playing pool.
Mr. Shelley is survived by his wife, Carol A. Shelley of Swanzey. His two sons; Scott Shelley and his wife, Deborah of Jaffrey and Brian Shelley and his wife, Lorette of Wilton. His daughter, Kristina Conant and her husband, Bryan of Manchester. His siblings; Hugh Shelley Jr. of Keene and Walter Shelley and his wife, Carolyn of Keene. His grandchildren; Colleen Adams, Kristopher Shelley, and Jocelyn Blanchard-Shelley. In addition, he leaves; cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Gale is pre-deceased by his son, Dean Shelley and by his siblings; Mary St. Lawrence and Neal C. Shelley.
Calling Hours will be held on Sunday, February 9, 2020, from 2 to 4 pm. in the funeral chapel. Burial will be held privately in the spring in the family lot at East Westmoreland Cemetery, Westmoreland. Flowers will be gladly accepted. However, the family would prefer donations be made in memory of Gale W. Shelley to:
Monadnock Humane Society, 101
W. Swanzey Rd
Swanzey, NH 03446 or
Norris Cotton Cancer Center Kingsbury
590 Court St.
Keene, NH 03431.
All services are under the care of Cheshire Family Funeral Chapel and Crematories, 44 Maple Ave. Keene, NH 03446. www.cheshirefamilyfh.com