Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Saturday, April 21, 2018

SHELRICHBLOOMFIELD – Father Richard L. Shellman, 78, of the Archbishop Daniel A. Cronin Residence in Bloomfield, died on Aug. 28, 2010, at the McLean Home and Hospice in Simsbury.

He was born on Sept. 13, 1931, in New London, a son of the late Curtiss B. and Julia (Cekala) Shellman. He grew up in New London and was a 1949 graduate of Chapman Technical High School there. He earned a degree in pharmacy from the University of Connecticut, where he met and subsequently married his pharmacy classmate, Dolores Ducotey, in September of 1955. They remained married until her death in 1978 after a long illness.

He began seminary studies, and graduated from St. Mary's Seminary and the University in Baltimore with a Master of Divinity degree. He was ordained on Feb. 22, 1986, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford.

Father Shellman was the assistant pastor at St. Margaret Mary Church in South Windsor from 1986-94. He then moved to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, where he was the administrator and then Pastor until his retirement on June 30, 2007.

After his retirement, Father Shellman assisted at Mass at many parishes, especially at St. Margaret Mary.

He leaves his children, Richard C. Shellman of Simsbury and Juliette M. Shellman of Kensington; and grandchildren Anna and Richie Shellman. Besides his wife, he was predeceased by his brother, Curtiss Shellman Jr.

Archbishop Henry J. Mansell was the principal celebrant of a Mass of Christian Burial Sept. 2 in the chapel at the Archdiocesan Center at St. Thomas Seminary in Bloomfield. Msgr. Gerard G. Schmitz preached the homily.