Carl A. Sheys

June 10, 1937 - April 5, 2017

Service Date: April 22, 2017


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Obituaries » Carl A. Sheys

Carl Alan Sheys passed away on Wednesday April 5, 2017 surrounded by his wife and children at his home in Purcellville, VA. Born on June 10, 1937, and raised in West Newbury, MA, Mr. Sheys was the son of the late Tom and Thelma Sheys.

Mr. Sheys graduated from Newburyport High School in 1955, after which he attended Northeastern University before entering the United States Navy where he served as a corpsman. It was while he was stationed at Annapolis, MD that he met his wife Nancy, also a Navy corpsman. Carl and Nancy Sheys were married on June 25, 1960 at Saint Ann’s Catholic Church in West Newbury. Their 57 year marriage produced 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.

After the military, Mr. Sheys was a sales representative in the field of computer technology. His work took him from MA to Bloomington, MN where he lived from 1968 until 1986 when he and his family returned to MA. Mr. Sheys was a writer and a regular contributor to the “As I See It” editorial section in The Daily News of Newburyport. He was an entrepreneur, starting his own firm Carl Sheys Associates which he ran from 1986 until his retirement in 2005 when he and Mrs. Sheys moved to Winchester, VA from their home in Amesbury, MA.

Mr. Sheys continued his studies in his 40′s when he completed his degree in Old Testament Theology from Lee University. A scholar and a teacher at heart, Mr. Sheys enjoyed studying several languages and teaching adult education courses at his church, Byfield Parish, where he attended 17 years. In addition, Mr. Sheys was a well-known and well loved substitute teacher for the Amesbury Public Schools, especially at the Cashman elementary. Fluent in Spanish, after his move to Virginia Mr. Sheys volunteered with the South American immigrant population in Winchester, VA as well as private tutoring in ESL for adults and children.

Mr. Sheys loved his God, his family, his friends, and his poodles. When he and Mrs. Sheys relocated to Purcellville, VA in 2008 they began attending Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church where Mr. Sheys taught Sunday School, I helped design of the Christian education curriculum, and was also integrally involved in the Vacation Bible Camp each summer. Mr. Sheys spent several hours per week in his last years at Loco Joe’s coffee in Purcellville, VA where he had many friends. He was known for his wit, his warmth, and his winning smile.

Mr. Sheys is survived by his wife of 57 years, Nancy Ann Koontz Sheys of Purcellville, Virginia. He is survived by his four children: son Kevin and his wife Sonia Arenaza of Washington DC, son Tom and his wife Mary of Hertford, NC, daughter Kathy and her wife Patti Baldino of Melrose Park, IL, and daughter Mary of Concord, NH. Mr. Sheys was preceded in death by his first son, John Fitzpatrick Kennedy Sheys.

Mr. Sheys is survived by his four siblings: Janet Kerwin and her husband Jack of Peabody, MA; Gerald Sheys and his wife Elaine of Greenville, SC; Dana Sheys and his wife Anna of Kingston, NH; and Karin Wilks and her husband Scot of West Newbury, MA as well as many cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends.

Mr. Sheys leaves behind his beloved grandchildren and great grandchildren: Kimberly Sheys and her daughters Makaylah and Leyla; Shaun and Ashley Sheys and their son Hudson; Nicole Sheys and her sons Izaiah and Jeffrey; Scout Sheys, Karen Sheys, Alma Sheys, Hanna Webb and her son Kole; Carly Webb, Leila Blackburn and Dorian Blackburn.

Celebration of life will be held at 4:30 PM on Saturday, April 22 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Purcellville, VA. Internment will be private. Friends and loved ones wishing to pay tribute may make a donation to St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Guatemalan Mission by texting “stpetes” to 73256.