Clarence Lorne Shelly
(1926 - 2015)

Clarence Lorne Shelly

Ontario, Canada
June 29, 1926

Quebec, Canada
February 27, 2015

Playing the Piano, Cornet and Vibraharp; Arranging music for instrumentalists, small groups and choirs; Leading congregational hymns; Piano tuning; Car repairs and maintenance; Design, New construction and Renovation of existing properties - including Wood, Electrical and Plumbing; Fixing ANYTHING that was broken; Keen interest in the temperament and world of "Honeybees" as he developed a deep understanding and respect for bees from his upbringing on the farm in Troy, Ontario; Organizing and facilitating (behind the scenes) Evangelical Outreach Events throughout Europe and Canada; Working with Young People - particularly helping to prepare them for Short and Long-Term Missionary Service; Reading his Bible and studying it; Talking to his Heavenly Father; Writing letters both of encouragement and counselling; Spending time with, caring for and often "spoiling" mom and his 3 girls, 3 sons-in-law, 12 grandchildren, their spouses and more recently his 6 great grandsons. Favourite things to eat: Sardines, Chocolate, Peanuts and any kind of Ice Cream available!

It is with both great sadness and great thanksgiving that we announce the passing of Clarence Lorne Shelly on February 27, 2015, at the age of 88.

Clarence Lorne Shelly was born June 29, 1926 in Wentworth County in the small village of Troy, Ontario - the first child of Lorne and Gladys Shelly. He spent his childhood in Troy and, after making a decision to give his heart and life to Jesus Christ at the age of 19, later attended London Bible Institute in London, Ontario. It was around this time that he met the "love of his life", Pearl Margaret Sparks, the daughter of a pastor. They were married in June of 1958 and in November of 1959, just 5 months after the birth of their first daughter Karen, left for full-time ministry as missionaries to France with Greater Europe Mission. Their two other daughters, Margaret-Anne and Carma were born during their ministry there.

In 1971, they returned to Canada and accepted a call to pioneer a new ministry in Quebec under Global Outreach Mission. It was not long before the work of La Voix de L’Evangile was established, a radio ministry that supplies correspondence courses to help point people to Christ.

Their family was involved in music ministry for many years.

In December of 2013, after 43 faithful years with Global Outreach, the Shellys announced their retirement from full-time ministry. One month later, after a 26-year struggle with ongoing illness issues and chronic pain, Pearl passed away quite suddenly but peacefully, with her family by her side. Clarence was lost without her. They were truly "soul-mates". He used to say that they were “One heart that beat in two bodies”. But God, in His wisdom, was not done with Clarence. He still had more to do in his life.

On February 27, 2015, exactly 13 months to the day after Pearl’s death, His work was done.

Clarence Shelly breathed his last breath in the early morning and stepped into the presence and arms of the God who he served and adored. His love for his family and his witness for God were strong and clear right to the end.

Clarence Shelly is predeceased by his wife of 55 years, Pearl. He is also predeceased by his sister, Mary, in July of 2014. He leaves to mourn: Two half-brothers, Norman and Dwight, and a half-sister, Jean.

He leaves to grieve for their loss but rejoice over his life:

Three loving daughters, Karen (and husband Stephen Frank), Margaret-Anne “Margie” (and husband Uultsje DeJong) and Carma (and husband Doug Kasper), as well as 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandsons:

Karen’s Family: Joëlle (and husband David, son Brendyn), Ryan (and his wife Heidi), Candace and Bethany;

Margie’s Family: Evan (and his wife Jen, sons Holden & Parker), Braeden (and his wife Holly), Ethan (and his fiance Kara), Camille and Colton;

Carma’s Family: Cam (and his wife Emily, sons Brody & Oliver), Courtney (and her husband Sean, and unborn son), and Marabeth.

A very special thanks to Dr. Deziel as well as Dr. Tong and the staff of the Palliative Care Ward of the Anna Laberge Hospital in Chateauguay, QC. Your care for our dad and the kindness and support you have shown to our family was so very appreciated.

Philippians 1:6 says:

“ Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

The memory of Clarence Shelly and the Godly example of his life will not be forgotten. We are forever changed because of his life. It is with deep sadness but great love and gratitude that we say:

“Goodbye... Till we meet again!”

“To God be the Glory, Great Things He hath done!”



Friday, March 13, 2015

Time: 2 to 5 pm and 7 to 9 pm

Collins Clarke MacGillivray White Funeral Home
222 Autoroute 20
Pointe-Claire, Quebec
H9S 3X6

Address for GPS: 27 Salisbury
Pointe Claire, Quebec

NOTE: Take the "Cartier" exit off Hwy. 20 and the funeral home will be right there.

(514) 483-1870


Saturday, March 14, 2015

Time: 11 am

Bethel Baptist Church
3060 boul. de la Côte Vertu
Saint-Laurent, Quebec
H4R 1P8

(514) 332-5711

BURIAL will take place immediately following the service at:

Cimetière de Beauharnois
291 Chemin St-Louis
Beauharnois, Quebec

ALL are encouraged and invited to attend.


If you are planning to attend and need hotel accommodation during your stay in Montreal - we would strongly recommend you consider the Holiday Inn Express - Dorval. It is a lovely hotel that offers fairly reasonable rates - and includes a free Continental Breakfast.

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Guest Book (15 entries)
Reverend Shelly was one of the 3 great father figures in my life along with Revered Murray Heron and Elder René Grossi all of which went to be with the Lord this year. Clarence encouraged us to pursue our musical ministry by recording our album "Premier Amour". God bless all of those who had the priveledge of knowing him. Thank you Lord!
Yvonne MacGregor (friends)
July 22nd, 2015
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. We remember the musical ministry that went along with their missionary service in France and Quebec.
Marion & Jim Arnott (Friends)
June 10th, 2015
We remember well Pearl & Clarence from many decades past. When Tulsa Bible Church was on 7th St. in Tulsa they had a yearly Bible conference that would include missionaries home on deputation. We remember when the Shelly's came to share what the Lord was doing in Canada. Pearl was indeed funny. We remember the stories she told on herself; in France she was buying cheese and used the wrong word. She ended up with pounds instead of ounces of cheese. And when she and the girls went to the doctor because they had pin worms and the doctor politely told her, 'Well, madam, everyone here has them.' Clarence & Pearl have gathered their many crowns, and the Lord has said, 'Well done.' It is a blessing to know that the legacy of Clarence & Pearl continues.
Robert & Lyn Suarez (Friends)
June 1st, 2015
Thoughts of Clarence is his dedication and passion to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. He was usually serious with a smile. He would have that mischievous grin when Pearl would say something that raised a laugh.
Yes, they were a team, with music, family, purpose and life itself.
His leadership is continuing on as those he taught will continue on. How I thank God for allowing me to know a bit of Clarence through the years.
donald stauffer (co-worker)
May 29th, 2015
I am blessed to have known Rev. Shelley. He was the first missionary I ever met and remains for me a fine example of faithfulness in the long-run. He was a hard working man, both in his labours with La Voix de L'Evangile as well as in any hands-on project he undertook. He was a loving dad, grandpa, and, of course, husband to his beloved Pearl ("She's the only girl I ever kissed" he once told me with some pride!)

He took an interest in me as a young believer and encouraged me, in an informal chat, in the discipline of scripture memory, for which I am thankful. I was honoured that he prayed for me, in both French and English, as he and others laid hands on me on the day of my ordination.

His and Pearl's love for the Lord was so apparent and an example to so many.

Elizabeth and I wish to extend our sincere sympathies to Karen, Margie, and Carma, as well as to the whole family.

"Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort, according to Your word to Your servant." (Psalm 119:76)

Richard Campeau and Elizabeth Selby
Golden, BC
Richard Campeau (Friend)
March 14th, 2015
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"I well remember your Dad & Mom at Alcott, N.Y. What a blessing. May God continue to comfort each of you. I am Bill Laing's daughter, Marj and was married to Bev Foster until his passing 6 years ago. The memories are wonderful and a real help."
Marjorie Foster
June 7th, 2015
""Dad,I already miss you so much. I am so glad I was able to walk that last mile with you. You were so brave and so strong as you have always been as a father to me. Your music and your life will live on in me and I thank you for your love for me!"
Karen Frank
March 6th, 2015
"I will miss you so much grandpa; our little text, phone calls and visits. I cherish the times we had together. Thank you for playing such an important role in my life. I love you and I cannot wait til the day where we will be reunited, with our King"
Candace Frank
March 4th, 2015
"Dad, I will never forget you & the wonderful legacy you have given me!! You taught me so much - not only through words, but more importantly by your actions. You never held anything back from those around you that you loved. I will miss you always!"
Carma Kasper
March 3rd, 2015


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