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David Erlin Shelton


David Erlin Shelton

The passing of David Erlin Shelton, beloved husband and partner of Renate Roske-Shelton of Back Bay, NB occurred at his residence on January 24, 2023. Born at Halifax, Nova Scotia on June 16, 1953, he was a son of the late John "Dick" Robert and Molly Irene (Green) Shelton. A loving husband, father, brother and uncle, he is survived by his wife of the 22 years Renate of Back Bay, NB; his son: Patrick Lee Shelton of Grand Manan, NB; brothers: John Jr. (Jessie Laine) Shelton of Oyster Pond, NS, Thomas (Jana) Shelton of Oak Bay, NB and Gary Shelton of Grand Manan, NB; sisters: Judy Shelton of Grand Manan, NB, Joanne and the late Gerry Flagg of Grand Manan, NB and Lori (Mike) Shelton-Krewski of Ottawa, ON. In addition to his parents, David was predeceased by his special uncle: James William Shelton and special aunt Mary Emeline (Shirley) (Laurence) Shelton.

David spent a 25 year career with the Canadian Armed Forces mostly serving in the Royal Canadian Navy as a Master Seaman and logistics specialist. He also spent a career in fire safety as a fire safety inspector and fire marshal in Annapolis, Maryland as well as in Nova Scotia in the New Glasgow and Pictou area. David was a man of character as well as a very private person. In earlier years, he hosted many international exchange students and did a lot of volunteering for cultural and foreign exchange programs. He was known as an unofficial ambassador to Canada. David was forever showcasing Canada and was told many times he was too much of a Canadian. He was also a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #40 in St. George, NB. David was also very proud of his service dog, Marco. Both he and Marco spent many hours visiting nursing homes, palliative care patients as well as students who may have been suffering from stress. He will be sadly missed by his family and community.

Arrangements in the care of the St. George Funeral Home (755-3533) 26 Portage Street, St. George, NB. In keeping with David’s wishes, there will be no visitation or formal service. In David's memory, donations to the Charlotte County SPCA, Fundy Bay Fire Department or a charity of the donor’s choice would be appreciated by the family. Online donations and condolences may be placed at
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Charlotte County SPCA, Fundy Bay Fire Department or donor's choice