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!
Guest Book
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
My grandfather was a very real and talented person. He was not content to do things in a "half hazard" way and went out of his way to be generous and caring. Grandpa has made us many tangible things but has also left us with many memories that comfort in such a time of sorrow.

I was always impressed that he remained extremely positive until the end. He felt he was living well in the hospital and I think God allowed him to live there for several months so that we could all anticipate his departure to heaven, prepare for it as best we could and spend significant time with him. We did not have this seemingly "extra" time with my grandmother last year and it seems fitting to me that The Lord allowed this as a goodbye to them both. I will always remember their love for me, in good times and bad, and the sense of belonging I had with them. They were two of a kind and I think each made the other a more Christlike influence.

But I will also never forget that they were real people with worries, doubts and flaws. As their eldest granddaughter I experienced so many things with them that I was privileged to see how they handled real-life situations and learn from their decisions and wisdom. God was always their refuge and strength. They spent much time in prayer and had profound faith that carried them through the gravest hardships.

As we lay my grandfather to rest I am comforted in knowing where he is. And I am grateful he is no longer in pain. It is beautiful to think of my grandparents together again. They were such an inspiration in so many ways!
Joëlle Lafleur (Granddaughter)
March 13th, 2015
I so enjoyed the visits Mr. Shelly and I had at the hospital. I truly have been blessed, just listening to his life stories, right from the beginning when he was a young lad. I will miss our talks, but more so, him, himself. Mr. Shelly has been, and still is, a true inspiration to me, and he probably didn't even know it. Thank-you for sharing your life with me.
Sam G Watson (Became a good friend)
March 12th, 2015
For the past 30 years I've had the privelege of doing radio evangelism with a man who deeply loved his God, his wife and family. He and Pearl had a wonderful encouraging ministry to many and were always ready to listen and share their expériences of their family and ministry while indirectly giving wise counsel!Their passion for music was a real gift to the churches and they both will be greatly missed!Our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this difficult time.Michel and Barbara

Michel Martel
March 9th, 2015
He was a good, kind man. We need more like him.
Lawrence Don-Elysyn (friend)
March 9th, 2015
Mr Shelly was a Faithful Servant and dedicated to serving Christ. He labored faithfully to further the gospel and to the edification of his brothers and sisters in Christ .He showed a great love for everything he persuedI because he loved the Lord and loved people . Lk. 10:27 "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself ", is how Mr Shelly lived his life..This verse came to mind as I started writing this memorial " His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord." My sympathies go out to family and relatives as they grieve the passing of Mr. Shelly . Will be praying for your family.
Monique Khalil (Friend/ Verdun- Lasalle B)
March 7th, 2015
What a privilege it was for me to have several phone conversations with Mr. Shelly. He was a man with a profound faith and at the same time such a great sense of humour. We laughed many times on the phone. He was open to talk about everything even how he was preparing to meet his saviour. He was slowly dying but inside of him was a wonderful life full of Christ. I could feel his internal peace and his great love for Jesus. I will always remember him with a sense of extraordinary joy.
Celine Matteau (Friend of the family)
March 7th, 2015
Clarence has left a wonderful legacy of faithfulness to the Lord. His whole life from a young man until the end was dedicated to his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He and Pearl have finished well. There will be many rewards in heaven for their evangelistic efforts on the mission field and the radio broadcasts. I will miss Clarence's friendship and determination to do the Lord's will.

Brian Albrecht (Global President)
March 6th, 2015
Mr. Shelly will certainly be missed. He and I would have great phone conversations about the love of Christ and how important it is to remain faithful in these days. He and Mrs. Shelly showed us all how to put Christ first and what a godly marriage should be. Keeping your family in prayer.
Carleton Cumberbatch
Verdun-LaSalle Baptist Church
Carleton Cumberbatch (Friend)
March 6th, 2015
I have so many wonderful memories of a loving father-in-law and a humble servant of the Lord. Dad demonstrated many Christian virtues and was a tremendous example to me. I thank the Lord for the privilege of being related to him and look forward to seeing him and Mom again in Heaven.
Stephen Frank (Son-in-law)
March 6th, 2015
We offer our sympathies to all of the Shelly family and those related to them on the passing of Clarence Shelly.

John 14:1-3
1. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God believe also in me.
2. My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?
3. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
Our hope is in the Lord.The God of all comfort!
Gerry, Margaret and Gail
Gerry, Margaret & Gail Goodhand/Luscombe (Friends)
March 3rd, 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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