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“God bless the Shemelya family. You are all great examples of love! ”
1 of 14 | Posted by: Chaplain Ty Alday - Orlando, FL

“I am very sorry to hear of your loss. ”
2 of 14 | Posted by: David Worley - Monticello, KY

“We are so sorry for your loss. May God bless and keep you Your Brother in Christ Mike ”
3 of 14 | Posted by: Mike Reichenbach - Stanford, KY

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Alan and his family. I'm so sorry for your loss...he was a very nice man. ”
4 of 14 | Posted by: Gary Taylor - Bloomington, IL

“Ed, I'm very sorry to hear of your Father's death. My prayers are with you and your family ”
5 of 14 | Posted by: Estalene Bartley - Pikeville, KY

“We have you in our prayers and thoughts. ”
6 of 14 | Posted by: Ronnie & Donna Addington - London, KY

“Ed, Sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. Take care old friend. K.D. Reeve u/862 (retired) ”
7 of 14 | Posted by: Kenneth D. Reeve - Franklin, KY

“Ed so sorry for loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. ”
8 of 14 | Posted by: Dorothy Luckett - Frankfort, KY

“My thoughts and prayers to the Shemelya family. ”
9 of 14 | Posted by: Joelle Shearin - Palmyra, PA

“Ed, Sorry to hear about your Dad. He sounded like a great man. Ron ”
10 of 14 | Posted by: Ronnie Ray - Lawrenceburg, KY

“Lt. sorry to hear about your father. Will be praying for your family. ”
11 of 14 | Posted by: Tony Dunker - Barlow, KY

“I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences and know that you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. ”
12 of 14 | Posted by: Rob Elliott - Mount Sterling, KY

“To all of the Shemelya family, I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Ed (Sr) personally but Ed and Reda are dear friends. I have heard many...Read More ยป
13 of 14 | Posted by: Paula Compton Grimes - Pikeville, KY

“Sorry for the loss of such a great man. Our thoughts are with you all. ”
14 of 14 | Posted by: Glenn and Joann Francis - Louisa, KY


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SHEMELYA, ED "COACH", Tidewater Drive, Orlando, FL, passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at home with his family at his side after a short illness. He lived a life guided by selflessness, grace and humility. He loved his family, enjoyed being active and in his later years you could find him on the golf course or gardening.
Shemelya, 87, was born in Ambridge, PA, and was predeceased in death by his parents, George and Mary and sister, Helen. He is survived by his brother Michael (Eleanor) of Mesa, AZ; his wife of 56 years Phyllis Kloecker, his son John Edward "Ed" (Reda) of London, Ky; George Michael "Mike" (Jane) of Windermere, FL; J. Alan of Orlando, FL; his daughter Mary (Tip) Mitchell, Cullman, AL; and his grandchildren Wendi (Bill) Dizney; Jezami (Eric) Long; Shannon and Geoffrey Mitchell; Michael, Daniel, Bradley and Kalea Shemelya; two great-grandchildren Brailey and Brookz Dizney, and a number of loving nieces and nephews. He grew-up in Ambridge, PA and was a first generation American proudly serving in WWII. He was a decorated WWII veteran receiving two Bronze Stars, American Theater Ribbon, for combat fighting in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater. A local high school basketball star in the Greater Pittsburgh area he resumed his playing after his service to his country, as a standout starter for all four years at Eastern Kentucky University, in Richmond, KY. A passion for teaching and sports, he made it his career and started teaching at William & Mary and created a path that eventually brought him to Central Florida in the late 1960's. He taught and coached at all levels and thoroughly enjoyed running into his former students. He retired from teaching in the early 80's after 34 years of service here in Florida and began his second career in golf working at both Bay Hill and Isleworth. He would always say, "It is better to have the richness of love of your family than money". The family will receive friends on Friday, February 1st from 1 - 3PM at Baldwin Fairchild - Lake Ivanhoe Chapel. Funeral services immediately following at 3PM with military honor burial at Glen Haven Memorial Park in Winter Park, FL.