Matthew Shelton

Beloved Matthew Shelton, born on July 25, 1933 was called back to heaven on September 27, 2021.

He was a simple man who loved to play spades and chess. He enjoyed watching old westerns, Star Trek, and Kung Fu movies to hang out. In his spare time he enjoyed playing the lotto and if you asked him, he almost perfected the formula.

Matthew was a Korean War veteran who served two tours and traveled the world. He dominated the construction industry not only being the first African American superintendent- but also opening the doors to many others like him. His career accolades can be seen in some of the tallest skyscrapers and major landmarks, contributing to the beautiful New York City skyline.

One of his most notable accomplishments was his role as a father. He was devoted, selfless, patient and his love for his children had no boundaries. He gave it his all and inspired his children to be best they can be. He cared for his children in so many ways and it will forever be recognized.

He was always a kind, caring, and loving man and anyone who met him instantly fell in love. He may have been a man of few words but he never failed to light up a room being the pillar that he was. No words can describe how incredible he was

You can join his family in remembering him on Saturday, October 2 between the hours of 3-8pm at Joseph A. Lucchese Funeral Home, 726 Morris Park Avenue, Bronx. Family and friends who wish to join virtually may do so by clicking the following link at any time during the visiting hours Shelton Visitation



  1. Gwendonetta Thomas on October 2, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    I’m Matthew’s great niece, my father grew up with him, his nephew James R. Shelton, he passed last year at 83. The stories my father would tell of growing up with him in the big house would have you in stitches. Mathew’s father (big Daddy) pretty much raised my dad. I hope he got to tell you how he was raised. I haven’t seen Matthew in years, but as a little girl he would come down from New York every revival and we would have a ball. Memories are all we have. You all are in my prayes.

    Gwendonetta Shelton Thomas

  2. Gay Williams on October 2, 2021 at 8:10 pm

    Uncle It’s was a blessing to have you in my life, I’m surly going to miss you. You have earned your golden wings. Family you’re in my prayer. Much love to you all. AKA Sissybaby.

  3. Carolyn S. Johnson on October 5, 2021 at 4:32 pm

    I am sending out condolences to your family on behalf of the surviving daughters of the late Joseph R. Shelton. My father, Joseph, preceded his brother Matthew in death in June of 1972. I recall how our uncles and aunts from New York would visit us in Virginia when we were young. They would always give us pocket change before returning home.

    Joseph R. Shelton had 5 daughters: Isadore, Jane Delois, Jo-Anne, Linda, and Carolyn. Jo-Anne and Linda have already gone to their eternal resting place.

    I pray God’s blessings of peace and comfort to each of you as you move through your bereavement.

    Carolyn S. Johnson (Joseph’s youngest daughter)
    Montpelier, VA

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