Father William Shovelton was longtime diocesan priest

LADY LAKE, Fla. — Father William J. Shovelton, 92, Lady Lake, Fla., passed away on January 31.

He was born June 19, 1922 in Fall River to Albert E. and Margaret (Meagher) Shovelton.

Father Shovelton attended St. Joseph’s School in Fall River and then moved on to Coyle High School in Taunton. 

He pursued the ecclesiastical course at Providence College for two years before entering St. Mary’s Seminary in Baltimore in September of 1941. He was ordained to the priesthood on June 15, 1946 by the Bishop James E. Cassidy at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fall River. 

Following his ordination, he was assigned as Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of the Isle Parish, Nantucket; St. Louis, Parish, Fall River; St. Joseph Parish, Fall River; Sacred Heart Parish, Fall River; St. Thomas More Parish, Somerset; parochial administrator of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Seekonk, and pastor of St. William’s Parish in Fall River before retiring in 1993. 

Father Shovelton also served as the Fall River District director of the Catholic Guild for the Blind.

Following his retirement, he assisted his brother for several years at Holy Trinity Parish, West Harwich. Father Shovelton is survived by his brother, the Father Gerald T. Shovelton who resides in Lady Lake. 

A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated on February 10, at St. Timothy Church in Lady Lake. Burial will be at a later date in Fall River.

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