1934 – 2019
Woodstock – Wayland N. Sheldon, Jr., of Old Hall Rd., died Monday morning May 6, 2019 at home. He was the loving husband of 64 years to Nancy M. (Aldrich) Sheldon. Born in Putnam, he was the son of the late Wayland N. and Hazel (Currier) Sheldon, Sr.
Wayland was very proud that he served seven years with the National Guard and attained the rank of E5. He began his working career on his grandfather’s farm on Sheldon Rd., after which he became a tractor trailer driver for Linemaster Switch, Fisher Brothers Dairy, Kenyon Oil and at the same time, Place Oil and Trucking, Wajer’s Trucking, and retiring from Moskowitz Transportation. Wayland loved the time that he spent farming and was the consummate “Professional Big Rig Driver.”
He was a 45-year member of the Putnam Lodge #46 AF&AM Masonic Lodge in Woodstock and was a Constable for the town of Woodstock for many years. Wayland started his own baseball team the “Pat’s 5.” He also enjoyed playing basketball, running marathons and was an avid Boston Red Sox and UCONN Husky Fan. Above all, he was very proud of his large family.
Wayland is survived by his wife; three daughters, Marjorie S. Roy and her husband Richard of Woodstock, Wendy E. Young and her husband Timothy of Woodstock, Tamara H. Doyon of Killingly; six sons, Mark W. Sheldon, Sr. and his wife Beth of Eastford, Brian N. Sheldon and his wife Marie of Woodstock, Matthew D. Sheldon of Woodstock, Scott W. Sheldon and his wife Lynn of Mansfield, Gary W. Sheldon of Woodstock, and Peter T. Sheldon and his wife Susan of Woodstock; his siblings Ronald Sheldon of Pomfret and Susan Fallenius of FL; 27 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Cindy L. Whitehouse, a sister Deborah Pratt, and a step brother Richard Sheldon.
A Memorial service is being planned for Sunday, June 9, 2019, at a place to be announced. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the Gilman Funeral Home & Crematory, 104 Church St., Putnam, CT 06260. In keeping with Wayland’s love for birds, memorial donations in his name may be made to the Audubon Society, 218 Day Rd., Pomfret Center, CT 06259. For memorial guestbook visit www.GilmanAndValade.com. “We Love You Dad ~ Keep on Trucking!”