William G. Sheldon
William G. Sheldon, (“Gerry” to his friends and family) 98, passed away peacefully Friday, February 28, 2020 at the Ghent (formerly Whittier) Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility in Ghent, NY, with his family by his side. Born on January 29, 1922 in Hudson, NY, Gerry was the son of William H. and Alma (Purcell) Sheldon.
He was a devoted husband to his wife Elizabeth (Pizza) Sheldon for 63 years until her passing in 2011; devoted father to Kathleen Kulyniak (Michael) of Greenport and W. Gerald Sheldon, Jr (Roxanne) of Hudson; grandfather to Kyle Sheldon (Shannon) of McKinleyville, California, Daryn Sheldon (Tammy) of West Seneca, NY and Travis Sheldon (Kerry) of Jeffersonville, Vermont; and great-grandfather to Christopher, Damien, Gracelynn, Anastasia, Victoria, Quinn, Declan and Maire; brother-in-law to Chic Loomis and Hilda Pizza; and 26 nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by two brothers, Roland and Jack and 22 sisters and brothers-in-law.
Gerry graduated from Hudson High School in 1941, where he played Football and Track. Following High School he worked as a Machine Tool Specialist at the V&O Press Company where he was employed for 41 years. He often spoke fondly of his many friends and co-workers there. He was also a Life Member of the Hudson Elks and a past member of the Hudson Fish and Game Club.
In 1942 Gerry enlisted in the US Army for the duration, and was assigned to the Army Medical Corps and received his medical training at the University of Nebraska. He served in the South Pacific until 1946. Upon his discharge he returned home to Hudson, and the V&O, until his retirement in 1986. Always active, Gerry enjoyed bowling, golf, fishing, ice fishing and hunting. Gerry was a loyal and faithful friend to several of his High School and Army buddies with whom he stayed in touch for over 75 years. He had an engaging personality and never missed a chance to make someone laugh.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff on Unit 1 at Ghent Rehabilitation and Nursing Home, and to Community Hospice of Columbia Greene, 47 Liberty Street Catskill, NY 12414 where memorial contributions can be made in Gerry’s name.
Calling hours are 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Bates and Anderson Funeral Home 110 Green St. Hudson, NY. Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, with Fr. Winston Bath officiating. Interment will follow at Cedar Park Cemetery in Hudson.