Elliott Philip Shyer

  • Born: May 30, 1951
  • Died: December 29, 2017
  • Location: Granby, Connecticut

Carmon Community Funeral Homes

807 Bloomfield Avenue
Windsor, CT 06095

Tel. (860) 688-2200

Tribute & Message From The Family

After a courageous battle with cancer, Elliott Philip Shyer, 66, passed away at home on December 29, 2017, surrounded by loved ones. He leaves behind Nancy, his strong, lovely wife of 37 years; his daughter Emily (Shyer) Drago and son-in-law Justin Drago; his son Jonathan Shyer and daughter-in-law Kyleen Shyer; and grandchildren Finley and Declan Drago. He also leaves behind cousins Claudia Guy and Lori Alcorn and her husband BJ. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his cousin David Guy. Born on May 30, 1951, Elliott was adopted by Hilda and Howard Shyer, who raised him with his sister Diane (Shyer) Lewis. He attended Norwich Free Academy and later, Bryant University, where he got the nickname “Ollie” and met closest friends and troublemakers Max Zaniewski, Vinny Aitoro, and Eric Nilsson, among others. He worked as a longtime sales rep for HeatTech, alongside his generous friend and boss, Tony Audia. Elliott had many passions and interests, extending far beyond losing his keys, having a chronically low battery on his phone, and forgetting any and every password ever created. He loved baseball dearly and was an avid Yankees fan and dedicated umpire (so dedicated that he called his own son out to prove that he wasn’t biased). He also loved biking; he enjoyed spinning classes at the YMCA, and participated in the Closer to Free Ride for six years, this year raising over $18,000 toward cancer care and research. He took pride in his community garden plot and loved “borrowing” Black Eyed Susans and rocks from various places to adorn his yard. His family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 3, from 5:00-8:00 p.m., at the Hayes-Huling & Carmon Funeral Home, 364 Salmon Brook St., Granby. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, January 4, 12 Noon, at the same location. The family will be hosting a luncheon following the memorial at their home in Granby and would love everyone to join them if they are able; Elliott's favorite foods will be served in his honor. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation in Elliott’s honor to any of these important causes: the Closer to Free Ride at Smilow Cancer Center at Yale New Haven Hospital or the Farmington Valley YMCA, Attn: LiveStrong Program, 97 Salmon Brook St., Granby, CT 06035. The family would like to thank all the friends, neighbors, Hartford Hospital Cancer Center staff (specifically Dr. Timothy Hong), the hospice care team, and countless others who have been there with us on this emotional journey. Elliott’s personality was large, quirky, filled with humor, and one-of-a-kind mannerisms and expressions. We would love to hear your Elliott stories because we all have them. If you would like to share your favorite story or memory with us, please email it to shyermemorial@gmail.com where they will be compiled, shared, and treasured. Photos are appreciated as well. Also, if you have seen his keys or phone charger, please let Nancy know.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so sorry to hear of this, I just found out today. Please accept my deepest sympathy. We just reunited again on our class page and Elliott was so enthusiastic. He couldn't wait to go to the 50th reunion. I am in shock right now. I really thought he would beat it. What a great family you have and I am praying for all of you.
Pat Bowman Moravek
NFA Class of 1969
Alpharetta, Ga.

Posted by Pat Moravek - Alpharetta, GA   February 16, 2018

Posted by Michele    January 12, 2018

Every time I think of Elliot a smile appears on my face. He was a wonderful person that spread sunshine wherever he went. Besides all the baseball games he umpired that I was at my favorite memory was at Misquamicut beach. I was there with other Granby Moms and who goes walking by - Elliott. He was lost. He couldn't find Nancy and the blanket. We helped him look for her. He made us promise not to tell Nancy that we helped him. So Elliott your secret was protected til now. Sorry. You will be missed.

Posted by Rose Ann Predmopre - Granby, CT - Acquaintance   January 06, 2018

"Elliott was a truly great guy"

"More than a business acquaintance"

"He was The Real Deal"

The Granite Group

Dale Duby

Posted by dale duby - east haddam, CT   January 04, 2018

Nancy, Jonathan & Emily,
My sympathy you and your wonderful family.
I have a wonderful memory of Elliott coming to Kearns and weeding our much needed flower garden in the front of Kearns.
He worked diligently making us proud, thank you!
Thank you for the many ice cream sandwiches you to brought to us on hot days. You will be greatly missed.
Love Diane

Posted by Diane Lapent - Simsbury, CT   January 04, 2018

Nancy, Jonathan & Emily,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
I remember Elliott for his sense of humor and making us laugh.
Mostly he enjoyed weeding our flower garden in the front of the school. He took great pride in helping us make our flower garden look special. Elliott we thank you for all your care and compassion for the front of Kearns School. Thank you for the ice cream sandwiches you brought us on hot days.
Love Diane

Posted by A friend   January 04, 2018

Nancy,Jonathan & Emily,
Deepest sympathy to you and your family.
One of my fondest memories was having Ellott come to the office and making us all laugh and entertained us.
He was so kind he wanted to weed and care for our neglected
Flower garden outside the main office.
Many times it was a surprise to us that he was working diligently to improve the outside appearance of our school.
Nancy and family, I send my love and prayers your way.
Love Diane

Posted by A friend   January 04, 2018

To Elliott's Family,

I umpireded many games with Elliott as my partner. His love of the game was evident. He was fun to work with. I will miss him.

In Deepest Sympathy,

Tim Zeuschner
The Hartford Board

Posted by A friend   January 03, 2018

Elliott was someone you were always happy to see. He would greet you with that smile of his, and you knew a funny story would soon follow. Once, no make that twice, Elliott drove away from our business with the gas hose still attached to his fuel tank, clanking all the way down Rt 10 to his house. When calling the house Nancy answered the phone by asking, "what did Elliott do now?" Upon hearing that Elliott drove off with the gas hose again, Nancy burst into laughter. I've wondered If Elliott did these things on purpose....
Elliott was always happiest when he was surrounded by those who were happy, and it was hard to not be happy when he was with you.
Thanks for all the veggies you would leave at our door(even if they may have sometimes been borrowed from someone else's garden).
Pat Royce and Homer for us. You never stopped missing them, and we know you are smiling in heaven with them by your side.
We love you Elliott and will miss you greatly.
-Tim & Nancy Lyons

Posted by A friend   January 02, 2018

To Nancy & Family My deepest Sympathy on Elliotts Passing ... He was a very unique person who will be missed ... Carl Cooper

Posted by Carl Cooper - Deerfield Beach, FL   January 02, 2018

To Nancy, Jonathan, and Emily,
I was deeply saddened to hear of Elliott's passing. He was a friend, a business associate, and most importantly, a great guy. I have many fond memories of time we spent together...mostly funny. Keep those happy and funny moments in your heart, they will help you through the sadness.

Posted by Morgan Leonard - Moodus, CT   January 02, 2018

To Nancy, Jonathan, and Emily,

I was deeply saddened to hear of Elliott's passing. He was a friend, a business associate, and most importantly, a great guy. Like so many, I have many fond memories...mostly funny from the time I spent with him. Keep the happy and funny moments near as they will help you through the sadness.

Posted by Morgan Leonard - Moodus, CT   January 02, 2018

Shyer Family - so sorry for your loss. Elliott displayed such a strong will to live and gave a heroic effort in his fight. He was very courageous and was very lucky to have such a strong and dedicated wife, Nancy, by his side during this difficult time. He will be missed.

Posted by Tim & Deb Lenihan - Granby, CT - Neighbor   January 01, 2018