John J. Shelton, 72, of Stone Ridge, NY, passed away peacefully on September 2, 2023. He was predeceased by his father, John C. Shelton, and his brother, Lawrence R. Shelton. He is survived by his mother, Emma Louise Shelton; his sister-in-law Leona Shelton; his brother and sister-in-law Joseph and Carey Shelton; his sister Maryann Brown; his sister and brother-in-law Susan and John Istad; his nieces and nephews: Brent Shelton, Kiersten Clay, Garreth Shelton, Braedon Shelton, Ceanan Tillinger, Andrew Shelton, Matthew Shelton, and their families; his cousins: Paul Benziger, Laurel Kawash, Joseph Benziger, James Benziger, Edward Benziger, and their families; as well as numerous family and friends.
John was born in Brooklyn, NY, and grew up in Woodhaven, NY. He then attended UCCC and SUNY New Paltz, where he received a masters in English literature. He enjoyed a long career as a high school English teacher in NY and FL. He was a tennis coach/instructor at Zena Recreation, high school, and UCCC. He moved back to Stone Ridge upon retirement and taught English at UCCC while helping care for his parents. John loved tennis, the NY Mets, reading, old movies, Shakespeare, Saratoga, Atlantic City, traveling and spending time with friends.
Per John’s request, no service will be held. A celebration of life is being planned in the near future for his family and friends. Arrangements entrusted to Keyser Funeral & Cremation Service, Kingston, NY. A tribute for John can be found at www.KeyserFuneralService.com, where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.