Robert Friedrich Schelling III
After visiting with family, Robert “Bob” Freidrich Schelling III, of North Hatley, Quebec, passed away peacefully at age 89 on March 5, 2017 at the Centre hospitalier de Magog.
Born May 20, 1927 in Buffalo, New York, the second of two children to Robert F. II and Louisa (Woodard) Schelling, young “Bobby” grew up in East Aurora, New York before attending Saint Andrew’s School in Middletown, Delaware, where he distinguished himself as a member of the rowing crew. Like many of his classmates, he was allowed to early and defer his university admittance in order to enlist at the tail end of World War II. He joined the U.S. Navy (1945-1946) and served on the USS Tarawa, where, as Quartermaster, he helmed that first aircraft carrier through the Panama Canal.
After his tour of duty, he attended Princeton University, working summers for the New York State Coast Guard to pay his tuition fees. A member of both the Princeton Tigers football team and rowing crew, he graduated Class of 1950 with an A.B. Degree in International Affairs.
In 1955, he was elected a Republican delegate for Chatham County, New Jersey, but moved to Toronto the following year. He relocated to Montreal in 1967, became a Canadian citizen in 1969, and married for the second time in 1970.
A marketing executive for several multinationals throughout his career (Proctor & Gamble, Unilever), he also taught in the M.B.A. program at Montreal’s McGill University and was a Trustee of Quebec’s only fully bilingual elementary school when it was threatened with conversion to French-only education by the separatist government of the day. It remains open and bilingual to this day.
In retirement, he moved to La Vieille Ferme, his beloved mountainside property outside the town of North Hatley in the Eastern Townships, where his hobbies included winemaking, gardening, preserving and cooking.
An active member of the local community, he served as volunteer Director and President of Festival Lennoxville (1978-1982), transforming the annual summer theatre festival at Bishop’s University into a bilingual series. A longtime member of the North Hatley Club, he was especially active in his later years as President of the North Hatley Library. The Massawippi Valley Princeton Club, which he founded in 1985 for alumni living in the Eastern Townships and greater Quebec, will mark its 33rd annual reunion this summer.
He is survived by his wife, Sylvie, and three children: Melissa, Timothy “Tym” and Stéphane “Steven.”
In accordance with his wishes, Bob’s ashes will be spread at La Vieille Ferme in a private family ceremony. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held in North Hatley at a later date: summer 2017.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Bob’s name may be made to Saint Andrew’s School or to the North Hatley Public Library.
St. Andrew’s School
350 Noxontown Rd.
North Hatley Library
165 rue Main
North Hatley, Quebec