Celebrating the life of

Edward Mercer "Ted" Sheldon

August 06, 1945 - October 13, 2021

Edward Mercer

Ted Sheldon (76) passed away on October 13, 2021, from complications after a stroke several months earlier. 

He was born in Chicago on 6 August 1945 and grew up in Highland Park, IL.  Ted was an All-American swimmer on the high school relay team and went on to Beloit College where he was captain of the swim team.  While at Beloit College he met his future wife, Marianne Weber, and they married in 1969 while Ted was serving in the Navy.  He was discharged as a Lieutenant in 1971 and returned to Chicago where he joined the advertising sales staff of the Chicago Tribune.  Ted received his MBA from the University of Chicago.  The family moved to Darien, CT in 1978 when Ted was transferred to the paper’s New York office. He enjoyed many years of boating on Long Island Sound, skiing in New England, building and restoring vintage cars, and travel. Ted’s chili and buffalo wings were legendary at his annual Super Bowl parties.  Often the only male in a household of females, Ted found his best friend in Bear, his canine “Neuffie” companion.  After retiring in 2001 and finally deciding the charm of frozen winters was over, Ted and Marianne retired to The Landings in 2009 where he added golf to his other activities.

Ted will be sorely missed by Marianne, his wife of almost 52 years, and his daughters, Lisa Hoguet (Ramsay) of Marblehead, MA, Hilary Talocco (Nick) of Louisville, CO and Lindsay Sheldon of Chestertown, MD. He was fondly known as “Grumpy” by his grandchildren (and some of his golfing buddies), Ashley and Courtney Hoguet and Mia, Emma and Marshall Talocco.  Ted is also survived by a half-sister, Kathy Bogenberger (Jim) of Lexington, NC and Webster, FL.  He was predeceased by his parents, John W. and Marjorie (Mercer) Sheldon, a sister, Barbara Putz, and an infant son, Edward Russell Sheldon. Ted has gone to take the Bear for a walk now – we’ll catch up later.  Donations can be made to the Savannah Humane Society or a charity of your choice.




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Dear Marianne, Please accept our deepest and most heartfelt condolences Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughters May the warmest memories remain, fill your heart and ease the pain. Wishing you strength! Love, Ed and Ligia

- Edward + Ligia Mahutte , 2994 HK Barendrecht, Country: The Netherlands

My most sincere condolences on this great loss. Your friends are here for you when you're ready. I'm glad I got to spend a little time with Ted a few weeks ago. My prayers are with you. Love, Dawn

- Dawn Lowell, Savannah, Georgia

Dear Marianne, we are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our deepest sympathies to you and your family. We always enjoyed chatting with Ted between our mailboxes.

- David and Ellen Thomas, Pooler, Georgia

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I can not begin to tell you how sorry I am for you all. He was a great man and will be missed. I wish you all love and support durning this time.

- Carin Chatfield, Colorado Springs, CO

Ted was a fun golf partner and our times together on the golf course had more laughs than pars or birdies. I loved being in his company and i will miss him and his “dry humor”. My condolences to his family

- Tim Lindgren, Savannah, GA

Sorry to hear of Ted's passing. He was a delight to play golf with, especially with his encouraging words of "smooth belligerence". He will be missed by one and all. Our condolences to Marianne and the entire Sheldon family.

- John & Veronica Wright, Savannah, GA

Dear Marianne and family, We are so very sorry to learn of Ted's passing which seemed so sudden and so fast. We bowled in the Lanelovers with him and he always had us smiling (or laughing) as he threw the ball down the alley...and I mean looked like he was lobbing a softball. He was always a gentleman and a very sweet man. He will be missed. We hope that happy memories will help you to get through the next days, weeks and months. Love, Lynne and Bob

- Lynne and Bob Norton, Savannah, GA

Dear Marianne and family. Sending my most sincere condolences to you and your family. So many fond memories! Wow, Ted was like a mentor to me and was instrumental in my move to NYC with the Tribune. I had the pleasure to experience his legendary chili and Buffalo wings at your super bowl parties. May you find great strength and comfort during this difficult time.

- Janet Fischer (Cassello), Roscoe , Illinois

Dear Marianne, what a gentleman Ted is. Loving life to the full with his beloved family and friends. While he is out walking the Bear, don’t be surprised when he returns in good health. Of course ,with the miracle of the resurrection we will be amazed. John 5:28,29 Loving to swim and ski, I understand Ted’s love of the earth and everything on it. Jesus promised that the meek will inherit the earth. He will be so thrilled to enjoy his family forever ,as was originally intended. To live under Christ’s heavenly Kingdom government with no more war, pain sickness or death will be a huge relief. Isaiah 9:6,7 ; Rev 21:3,4 With eternity in our hearts ,we may have to get another Bear; but Ted will be the same, only young and healthy. Please be encouraged by, “Enjoy Life Forever”. With heart felt condolences, Sandy Wirfs

- Sandy Wirfs, Monroe,, Louisiana

Ted Sheldon is remembered with sadness by the Highland Park High School Class of 1963.

- Larry Marks, Raleigh, NC

I’m sorry to learn of Ted’s passing. We were team members of the Highland Park H.S. Swim team. We had some good times, and Ted was always “the man”.

- Reinhard “Wes” Westenrieder , Jonesboro , AR

Maryanne (and daughters), I am so sorry for your loss. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy, and also on behalf of your fellow members at SAGA. I will be praying for you and your family as you go through this hard time, together. Please let me know if I can be of any help.

- Carol Thompson, on behalf of the Savannah Area Genealogical Association, Savannah, GA

Services under the direction of:

Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel