Obituary: Richard Arthur Sheldon
March 9, 2012
Richard Arthur Sheldon, 61, died from a heart attack on March 1, 2012, while skiing with friends at Lake Tahoeand#8217;s Homewood Mountain Resort.
A Lake Tahoe resident for 38 years, Rick was born on May 1, 1950, in Newton, N.J., and raised several miles south in Hackettstown, N.J. He was the son of Arthur and Anna Sheldon.
He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Linda, and their two daughters, Lauren and Whitney, both graduates of San Francisco State University. The family lived in several Lake Tahoe locations, but has maintained the same mountainside Tahoe City home for the past 20 years.
Rick was the owner and founder of Sunshine Painting, which served North Lake Tahoe residents and commercial entities for more than 35 years. His successful tenure in the painting business was facilitated by countless referrals and repeat customers.
Always active and affable, Rick followed his own self-penned creed of and#8220;living life to its fullest.and#8221; He was a standout baseball player at Hackettstown High School and continued to enjoy success in the sport at Pennsylvaniaand#8217;s Westminster College, where he was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity. He was, in more recent years, an avid Lake Tahoe beachgoer and extremely fond of golf, tennis, skiing and fishing, among other outdoor recreational pursuits.
Rick was never shy about lending a helping hand, contributing time to such community activities as the annual Tahoe City Wine Walk and various school activities at North Tahoe High School.
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In fact, he helped students paint the schooland#8217;s stadium. Also, Rick had the pleasure of coaching his daughtersand#8217; softball teams.
His long list of friends and clients, many of whom fit in both categories, will remember Rick for his sense of humor, his constant smile and his optimistic outlook. He was, according to his wife, a simple man with simple needs.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m., March 18, at the Olympic Village Lodge in Squaw Valley.
Donations to the Sheldon Memorial Fund can be made at any Bank of America branch.