The Headlight Herald, Tillamook, OR
April 9, 2013
Dr. Robert Shelley
Dr. Robert Shelley, 84, passed away peacefully on Friday March 29, 2013, surrounded by family at his home in Tillamook, after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Bob was born on Feb. 25, 1929 to Lester and Ella Shelley in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada and was the second oldest of five children.
Bob was predeceased by his first wife, Dorothy in 1984 after 30 years of marriage, and by his second wife, Sheila in 2011 after 25 years of marriage.
Bob is survived by his children, John (Andrea Johnstone) of Toronto; Brett (Shelley) of Amherstburg; Dawn Elliott of Woodstock; Drew (Brenda) of Stratford; stepchildren, Mitch (Cindy) Parker of Tillamook; Melinda Parker (Eric Angstadt) of San Francisco; Melissa Robinson of Los Angeles; 22 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren; siblings, Elaine Iglin of Meaford, Ontario; John (Cindy) of La Jolla; Doris Maxwell of Ottawa and David of Oakville; and many other loving nieces, nephews and relatives.
Bob earned his medical degree at the University of Western Ontario while enlisted in the Royal Officers Training Programme with the Royal Canadian Air Force. After graduation, he was stationed at Rockcliffe Air Base in Ottawa where he attained the rank of squadron leader and served as Command Medical Officer Air Material Command. He moved to Amherstburg in 1960 where he worked as a general practitioner for more than 30 years, including 20 years as Coroner. He delivered many babies in Amherstburg and patients will remember him as one of the last doctors to continue making house calls.
Bob was active in the Amherstburg community and served as Chairman of the Board of the local community centre, and also on the boards of the House of Shalom Teen and Youth Social Centre and the Handicap Residential Housing Committee.
Bob retired in 1989 and sailed the Caribbean for two years with wife Sheila in their sloop Skylark, and then after returning to Windsor for a 3-year locum, moved to Tillamook where he and Sheila built their dream home in the coastal mountains. During his 15 years in Tillamook, Bob was active in the Master Gardeners and also served as president of the local bridge chapter. He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by the many friends he made here.
He concluded his final days with this quote…
"It's been a great ride, thanks for all the fun and fond memories!"
Celebrations of Bob’s life will be held in Tillamook and in Ontario, Canada.
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