OBITUARY

Christopher H. Sheldon

April 24, 1978November 5, 2019

Christopher Harmon Sheldon 41, of Fitzwilliam, NH, husband to Maren E. Gagne, passed away Tuesday morning November 5, 2019. He collapsed while running near his home.

Mr. Sheldon was born in Beverly Mass. on April 24, 1978, the first son of the late Joan Sheldon and of Gary Sheldon and Michelle Sheldon. He leaves behind loving siblings, Carrie Bibighaus, Joshua Sheldon, Rachel Skarritt, Emily Boyd, Amy Custodio and Rebekkah Coons; many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and his mother-in-law, Deborah Chipman and his father-in-law, Kerry P. Gagne.

Christopher Sheldon was a Boston School oil painter and a writer. He had hoped to bring the Boston School style of teaching to the Monadnock Region and worked tirelessly toward this goal. His drive and passion where truly unparalleled and he brought them to all the challenges he accepted and each person he loved. Recently he embarked upon his life’s work, an original fantasy epic complete with painted illustrations. This was his calling, and he found great fulfillment in it.

Christopher Sheldon was a devout Christian. He loved Jesus and took great strength and joy from his faith through contemplation and study. That faith grew as he did, a man always questing to be his best self. Always learning and hoping, always positive and thoughtful.

He was an adventurer. He had the most beautiful soul, both gentle and kind, funny and mischievous, brilliant and loyal. He gave his large family breath-taking, unconditional love, and always took time to remind us of our better nature. He never lost his patience or said an unkind word through the extensive remodeling of the little house he shared with his wife, and was always ready with a smile when he came through the door of their home.

Christopher was a gift we were given to cherish. He was with us too briefly, bringing his dazzling love, and leaving that love for us to keep.

There will be no calling hours. The service will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 11:00am in the Troy Baptist Church 17 North Main Street, Troy, NH. A fellowship will follow the service at 64 Holman Road, Fitzwilliam.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to www.kittyrescueandadoption.org, PO Box 468, Jaffrey, NH 03452.

The Foley Funeral Home of Keene is assisting the family with the arrangements. To offer online condolences to the family or to share special memories, please visit www.foleyfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Funeral Service Tuesday, November 12, 2019
  • Fellowship Following Funeral Service Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Memories

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Irene Woss

November 17, 2019

I recently received the startling and sad news of Chris's passing. Please accept my sympathies. Chris and I met in 2002 as students at Paul's studio, where Chris was my "neighbor" for several years.

In that time, I observed a quiet and unassuming young man who followed his heart and realized his own artistic vision quite apart from most of us in the studio. Even after he left the studio, he would continue to take evening drawing classes despite having to travel long distances. This action resulted not only improving his skillsets but also extending his connection to fellow artists. Often times he spoke to me about some of the many projects he had in mind, in which he wanted to include other artists.

One of Chris's such projects, was the purchase and installation of full spectrum lights in the studio, in which I was pleased to participate. He was a kind and trustworthy friend, his accomplishments, determination and faith are an inspiration, and he will be remembered for some time to come.

My deepest condolences.

Chris and Cheryl Flood

November 15, 2019

To the Sheldon family,
I am so sorry to hear of Chris's passing. We wanted you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Chris and Cheryl

Julieta Mendell

November 12, 2019

I met Chris in the Ingbretson studio. He came several times when I was there. He had a very generous heart. In the time I spent with him I learned how dedicated he was to obtain his goal as a painter, He loved to paint. I also learned that he loved his wife very much. I always will remember his warm and playful nature.

Magdalena Badran

November 11, 2019

I would like to send you my deepest comiseration in this hard time. "Chris" was a lovely soul and great artist although I used to work with him at EHF 15 years ago I still remember him very well for being always helpful , always kind , never complaining and with lovely smile on his face.

Kelly O’Rourke

November 9, 2019

We (the scrapbooking ladies) have been going to the Inn at East Hill Farm for like 17 years and Chris was ALWAYS our server. It will be hard to go on our annual weekend and not see him there. His shy smile when we hens start cackling was just so sweet. He humored us and our questions about his life and we often teased him that he had 10 extra moms. We watched him grow, enjoyed looking at his artwork over lunch or dinner, and he will be sorely missed. The sweetest moment was when he brought his wife Maren over to introduce her to us. His face was beaming with that shy smile and he looked so proud. Chris, I will miss you at the Inn this January and on my future trips, I truly thought of you as my “vacation son”. Rest peacefully and my thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones.

Georgia Cassimatis

November 8, 2019

I knew Chris for a total of one year. He was the first person to trust me enough to sign a lease at 17ROX. He instantly hung his work and gave other artists that were interested in renting the confidence that this was a place to create. He started the chain reaction that lead to what is now a budding and beautiful place where other artists are inspired by his devotion to his work. He was there daily, if not, weekly, working on his stories.

I was lucky to have a conversation with Chris last week and he shared his joy of traveling to the convention with Maren. He then proceeded to show me 2 new pieces that he started since then. He also was so excited about a print he got while there and showed it to me because he was able to meet the artist and have it signed! I could tell at that moment, the inner Chris was alive and passionate by his sheer joy of this!

This is how I know Chris, always very focused and driven by his own passion. It is rare in life we reach that level of commitment and to that I hold his memory dear to my heart. His spirit will continue to live with 17ROX and the other artists here.

We all miss him dearly. <3 Georgia

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY