Richard Charles Shelford

With a deep sense of sorrow and loss, the Warner and Pennyfeather families, announces the passing of our brother, brother-in-law and our uncle, Richard Shelford, on Saturday, February 08, 2020, at the age of 81.
He passed away peacefully, will be sadly missed and forever remembered, by his sisters, Wilma Nicholas & Carmen Warner, their children, Alan & Christopher Nicholas, Patricia Nicholas-Mahon, & Richard Warner respectively.
Brothers-in-law, Lloyd Pennyfeather Sr., Neville Adams, Patrick Nicholas.
Nephews, Kenneth, Patrick, Michael & Lloyd Jr. Pennyfeather.
Grand-Nephews, Kevin, ZJ, Mark, Cameron, AJ, Allaric, Xaviee, Zavon Pennyfeather.
Grand-Nieces, Dawn and Imani Pennyfeather, Melanie Bye-Keufler, Cleo Crossley-Rose, Roma Richardson.

Nieces-in-law, Marcia & Debbie Pennyfeather, Arlene Edwards, Vanessa Francis.

Cousins – Melvin & Gus Shelford, Leona Warner-Matthew & Family, Myris Warner-Guishard & Family, Doreen Warner McMahon & Family, Centila Warner & Family, Sylvia Warner-Isaac & Family, Harwood Williams & Family, Verlyn Warner & Family.

Frank, Thelma, Merida Bartlette & Family.
Members of the TM movement.
He is pre-deceased by his Mother, Ellen Warner, his sister, Pauline Pennyfeather and his nephew, Allan Pennyfeather.

A visitation will be held at, Serenity Funeral Service, located at 5311-91 Street, NW, Edmonton, Alberta, on Thursday, February 20, 2020, from 7:00PM to 9:00PM

A Celebration Of Life, will be held on Friday, February 21, 2020, at 1:00 PM, at the Edmonton Moravian Church, located at 9540-83 Avenue, NW, Edmonton, Alberta.

Reverend Rebecca Craver will officiate.

The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the doctors and nurses at the Leduc Community Hospital unit 21 and 22, all the caregivers from Bayshore, staff at MacTaggart Place Retirement Residence, for their kindness, support and care, shown to Richard during his time there and illness.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Richard’s honor, may be made to the Leduc Community Hospital, 4210 – 48 Street, Leduc, Alberta, T9E 5Z3.

Or, The Edmonton Moravian Church, 9540 – 83Avenue, NW, Edmonton, Alberta, T6C 1B9

And or, one of his favourite charities for world peace, The Pandit Peace Initiative, at, or, or, if you prefer to have assistance, by contacting the charity director at [email protected]

For life and death are one. Life has to end. Love doesn’t. As long as hearts remember, as long as hearts still care, we do not part with those we love – they’re with us everywhere.

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lyn Dawn cole

Our condolences from New Zealand from relations SHELFORD. Thinking of you all even now at this time of November…love and peace…lyn

Bob & Marilyn Pepper

Marilyn and I send our sincere condolences to Richard’s family. Richard was such a dear friend who was always so positive and wanting to help without ever being asked to. He was and is a very refined, highly evolved man. Always a blessing to be around. Richard’s heart was so developed it felt like you were one with him. He was able to speak or respond or take an action that demonstrated that he knew what was going on inside you and was completely supportive. What a beautiful soul. We will miss him but have no doubt that his selfless giving has taken him to a special place in the heavens.


I am sending my family’s condolences to Richard‘s family and loved ones with deep heart felt love and appreciation for Richard. I celebrate his authenticity as he walked his talk through life honouring his commitment and devotion to Maharishi and Guru Dev’s teaching. He made the world a better place and definitely enriched mine with his love, laughter, kindness and warmth. Enjoy your mahasamadhi, Richard, it’s well earned, well deserved❤️❤️ Jai Guru Dev.

Love – Becki Milne and family


I am sending my family’s condolences to Richard‘s family and loved ones with deep heart felt love and appreciation for thr special soul, Richard. I celebrate his authenticity as he walked his talk through life honouring his commitment and devotion to Maharishi and Guru Dev’s teaching. He made the world a better place and definitely enriched mine with his love, laughter, kindness and warmth. Enjoy your mahasamadhi, Richard, Jai Guru Dev
Love – Becki and family


I first met Richard through my mother who worked in the Cartography Section of the Department of Geography at the University of Alberta. Then when I saw Richard at the TM Centre I recognized him immediately. We appreciate the contribution of his life to this great mystery that we share.

Gloria Hansen

Richard was our friend and colleague.
We played and worked together on many projects.
When we were still in Calgary we organized many joint TM courses together for Calgary and Edmonton. And during the NLP days we had fun together.

Richard had a jovial side and we were the recipients of his kindness on many occasions.
He was a devoted TM teacher and was great at paying attention to the small details.

Jai Guru Dev Dear Richard, we can hear the echoes of your laughter.

Our best wishes to Richard’s family, Gloria and Bruce Hansen

Raja Paul and Susie

Richard has been such a precious member of our family of meditators in Canada. His warm-heartedness and kindness are so strongly felt by all and will live on in our memories for a very long time. Susie and I remember his jubilant good humour and expansive thinking and generous understanding with deep affection.

It has been such a privilege and inspiration over the years to witness the dedication and care Richard has given in introducing Maharishi’s programs of Total Knowledge in Saint Kitts as well as in Edmonton.

Our hearts are with Richard with great appreciation for all the good that he has brought to the world from Maharishi. We send our sincere condolences to Richard’s family.

Maury Shapka

I worked with Richard for more than 2 decades, in extensive volunteering, as well as traveled & attended meditation courses with him in Canada, the U.S. & Europe. He had the highest of asperations for himself, those around him & for the World, then he put action in the direction of those ideals. I will miss his clear vision, big heart & broad smile. Still his contributions to life will live on.

Granger and Cheryl

We have many fond memories of dear soul Richard.
His hearty and blissful laughter always warmed our hearts.

You are gone but not forgotten.
Onward and upward dear Richard!

Nancy Wells

I met Richard in 2005 in Nova Scotia and was privileged to spend 5 years traveling and meditating with him. He was devoted to his family and to teaching TM. I know his spirit lives on in the hearts of many. Rest well dear man.

Cliff and Ria Kinzel

We had known Richard since 1983 and worked as colleagues and friends in the Transcendental Meditation movement. He was ever devoted to family, St Kitts and Maharishi’s TM objectives. We came to learn much about his love of family and the many public service activities he undertook. Teaching Transcendental Meditation was his passion and he helped many. We will always fondly remember him. God bless Richard.

Garry and Helen Foster

Hi Michael, so sorry to hear about dear Richard’s passing. We taught TM together and even though it was from different cities, when we would connect on national conference calls, Richard’s sense of humour, warm heart, and rich sweet accent warmed our hearts every time. He was very dedicated to improving himself and raising the quality of life for everyone in his city, and back home in the Caribbean . He has done great things with his time here and lived his life well. I hope you are very proud of him too. May these times be peaceful for you and your family at this tender time.
Garry and Helen Foster
Victoria, BC

Merlene Warner

I spent a week in August of 2011 with Richard my cousin after my dad David Warner died i was impressed by how humble he was and his hospitality i will never forget i know you are in peace will always remember you

Terry Ryan

Richard was one of the most approachable , non judging and accepting personalities as I had ever met . This was a guy whom you knew would never find fault with you ,no matter what the circumstances . He seemed like a best friend the first time I met him . And even though I had only ever spent a few hours in his company , and his lifestyle was thousand miles from mine , I feel his passing as a pinch . But , I know there can never be a loss for Richard . As good as his life has been here , he will move on to an even better one .

Fred Williams

There are so many fond memories I have of Richard. I remember that summer when we all got together and built his house near Allan Beach even though we weren’t carpenters; and, the good old Kittitian Christmases we spent thereafter. But one memory stands out: while attending the University of Alberta in the good old days, I could not afford a television. In order to get one, Richard had to come and sign for me at the rent-to-own on Whyte. That was the kind of person he was to me — selfless and kindhearted.

Rest in peace, my dear friend.

Fred Williams

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