Sheely, Grant E.

Sheely, GrantGrant E. Sheely, 65, passed away suddenly on October 11th, 2015. He was predeceased by his mother, Frances Sheely and his father, Leroy W. Sheely. Grant was a physical education teacher at Noah Wallace School and served in the Farmington Public Schools for 36 years. Grant’s dedication to the Farmington school district and Noah Wallace was unwavering and his influence profound. Grant was an ordinary guy who lived a quiet but extraordinary life. He leaves his two beloved children, Madeleine Anne and Michael Francis as well as his sister, Pam Hall, his brother, Tim Sheely and his wife Jeanne, his brother, Tom Sheely and his wife Jolanta, his nieces and nephews, Nathan, Kate, Hally and aunts and uncles. He also leaves his entire Aseltine family including his nieces and nephews, Heather, Andrew, Karen, Anthony, Adam and Nicolas. He leaves his dear friend, Nancy Nelson, her children and many other close friends as well as his beloved colleagues. Grant’s impact on generations of Farmington students was immeasurable and his loss will be felt by all who have benefitted from even a short time with this truly exceptional man and teacher. A final gift of love was given by Grant through tissue donation. The memorial service will be held at the Farmington High School Gymnasium on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at 2:00pm. The Grant Sheely Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to be awarded to a deserving graduate of Farmington High School.  Donations may be made c/o Farmington Public Schools, 1 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT 06032, Attention: Katie Robidoux.  Checks payable to the Grant Sheely Scholarship Fund.

Dear Noah Wallace Families and Friends,

The loss of Mr. Grant Sheely has affected the entire Noah Wallace and Farmington community. This week, as a community we have come together to grieve, to support each other, and to share memories of our beloved teacher. Students have spent time writing cards to his family, making a memory chain, and making word clouds in his memory. They have played some of the favorite games they learned from Mr. Sheely in the gym. Together we shared stories, many cried, and we began to heal.

A remembrance service for Mr. Sheely will he held at the Farmington High School Gymnasium on Sunday, October 25, 2015 from 2:00-3:00pm. This will be our time to honor this extraordinary man and to celebrate his life. A few folks (former students, colleagues, and friends) will speak and former students will provide music. We will have light refreshments after the celebration. We invite you to celebrate Mr. Sheely with us on Sunday. We request that students come accompanied by an adult. Please wear a Noah Wallace t-shirt of blue and white to the celebration.

Please continue to call the counselors or other members of the school staff if you feel your child needs support or if you have questions or concerns.


Kelly Sanders



May God bless and keep you always

May your wishes all come true

May you always do for others

And let others do for you

May you build a ladder to the stars

And climb on every rung

May you stay forever young
May you grow up to be righteous

May you grow up to be true

May you always know the truth

And see the lights surrounding you

May you always be courageous

Stand upright and be strong

May you stay forever young
May your hands always be busy

May your feet always be swift

May you have a strong foundation

When the winds of changes shift

May your heart always be joyful

And may your song always be sung

May you stay forever young

Calling Hours

Funeral Service


Memorial Contribution

The Grant Sheely Memorial Scholarship Fund has been established to be awarded to a deserving graduate of Farmington High School. Donations may be made c/o Farmington Public Schools, 1 Monteith Drive, Farmington, CT 06032, Attention: Katie Robidoux. Checks payable to the Grant Sheely Scholarship Fund.

8 Responses to 'Sheely, Grant E.'

  1. Alyssa says:

    We love you Mr. Sheely! you will always be in our hearts

  2. Rick Rivera says:

    My heart is extremely heavy…however, I think of you as you’d like to be….I smile as I think of your calmness, generosity, welcoming nature, and that wicked dry sense of humor! I miss, love, and cherish our friendship eternally, Grant. You are an amazing man, Dad and person! Thank you for touching my life…I’m better for it. Rick

  3. The Ciccaglione Family, Laurie Joe, Sarah and Matt says:

    Dear Maddie and Mikey
    We are all so deeply sorry for your loss. Your father was a very special man who gave so much to everyone with a helping hand, kind word and a ready smile. He was a wonderful father and we know he will be deeply missed. We hope you find comfort in knowing how much he was loved and respected by so many in Farmington. Always know to there are friends here for you. Our deepest sympathies.

  4. Allison Holdsworth says:

    I truly loved him as a teacher and person. I will never forget him. His enthusiasm made me want to go to school every day?. Thank you Mr. Sheely.

  5. Ellie Stein says:

    Dear Tim, Though I did not know Grant, having just read his obituary I am stunned and saddened by this huge event and loss. He certainly sounds like a magnificent person, one who contributed much. While you will miss him, his legacy of teaching and coaching will live on long past the length of time one person can live. It doesn’t surprise me that he’s described as living a “quiet but extraordinary life”. Just like someone else I know from that family.

    My love to you, dear Tim, and my condolences to Pam and the rest of your wonderful family! X0 Ellie

  6. Nancy Lombardo says:

    Maddie & Mikey – I can see from your Facebook posts and your pictures that you’ve grown up to be “fine” human beings, and I’m sure a lot of that is due to your Dad’s boundless and infinite love for you. I’m so sorry we lost touch over the last few years, but life gets busy for everybody. I know Samantha and Kevin also enjoyed the time we all spent together, and of course, now we wish it had been more. I first met your Dad 45 years ago, and enjoyed a friendship with him ever since. I knew I could call him and count on him anytime, and hope he felt the same. I will miss him immensely, and I pray that you both find the strength to flourish and keep making your Dad proud.

  7. Angie Gagliardi says:

    Mr. Sheely had such a huge impact on my life, and I am pleased to say on my son’s life too. You’ll be missed, Mr. Sheely! Your family is in our thoughts.

  8. Coach Dennis Person says:

    Grant a great friend and person.Peace and blessings to all the family

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