Obituary of Robert J. Shelvay
Robert was a selfless man with a heart of gold. His family was always first in his heart. Robert had five children and at times he would take a 2nd job just to make sure his kids had the best possible holidays. He loved to tell jokes for anyone who would listen and had a spectacular sense of humor. Robert was a talented cook and even used veggies from his own garden for his dishes. He loved being outside, whether in the backyard garden or in the flowerbed in front of the house. Robert was a DIYer and was successful with anything he tried working on.
Not only was Robert an amazing father, he was also a man’s man. In his younger years, he joined the US Navy to fight for his country in World War II. Later, Robert worked at Bethlehem Steel working with bulldozers and other large machinery until his retirement. One his favorite pastimes was cheering on his Buffalo Bills. He loved his hometown team so much that he owned every piece of merchandise he could get his hands on.
Shelvay, Robert J. of Hamburg, NY on September 4, 2018. Devoted Husband of the late Doris Marie Shelvay; loving father of Bonnie S. (Mark) Patton, Kirk A. (Darlene) Shelvay, Cheryl M. (Denny) Bohen, Deborah A. (Lori) Shelvay, and the late Gregory R. Shelvay; adored grandfather of Geoffrey Beckett, Sean Patton, Melanie Perez, Jonathan Patton, Kevin Patton, Emily Brill, Joshua Patton, Krista Shelvay, and Ryan Bohen; dear great-grandfather of 15; and uncle of Sharon (Bill) Gerred, Carolyn (Chris) Markiewicz, and the late Christine Scibetta. Friends will be received 4-8 PM, Friday, at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 4199 Lake Shore Rd. Hamburg, NY (Crnr Rte 5 & Camp Rds) (716-627-2919). A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Saturday, 9:30 AM St. Francis of Assisi Church, Athol Springs. Please assemble at church. Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans in Robert’s' memory. Online condolences at www.lakesidefuneralhome.com.