Wallace M. Shelby, “Wally”, 86, of Quakertown, PA (formerly of Summit and Chatham) passed away at St. Luke’s Hospital in Quakertown on July 23rd. Visiting hours at Bradley, Brough & Dangler Funeral Home, 309 Springfield Ave in Summit will be on Saturday July 27th from 9 to 10:30 am followed by a service at Central Presbyterian Church, 70 Maple St, Summit, at 11:00 am. Interment is private.
Born in Orange and raised in Maplewood where he graduated from Columbia High School, Wally received his BS from Duke University and his MBA from Rutgers. He served in the US Army during WWII. Wally was a professor at the College of Aeronautics in Flushing Queens. Prior to that, he had worked as a mechanical engineer at several local companies. He was active in many organizations including the Air Force Association, the Sons of the American Revolution, the Experimental Aircraft Association, the Duke Alumni Association, the Summit First Aid Squad, and Fin, Fur and Feather Trap and Skeet Club. He was also a NJ State Representative for the Clan MacDougal Association and a member of the Central Presbyterian Church where he served as deacon. Wally, who volunteered teaching English as a second language in Chatham, was a history buff and a longtime pilot. He enjoyed woodworking, built his own airplane, and was an amateur gunsmith.
Wally was the beloved husband of 29 and a half years to Simone. He was the loving father of Kenneth (wife Janet), Joseph (wife Susan), Jean Beauchamp (partner Mark), Laura (fiancé Byron), and stepson Philip Moreira (wife Cheryl). He is also survived by 13 cherished grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his first wife Alice (1982) and brother Albert (2011). In lieu of flowers, donations in Wally’s memory may be made to the NJ Sharing Network Foundation, 691 Central Ave, New Providence, NJ 07974.