“Henry had a really big impact on me,” Colbert said. “He was a great mentor, he was my first assistant coach, and having someone like that to rely on, I wouldn’t have had the success as a coach without him.”
In April, Triton school officials announced that Sheldon would be inducted into the Triton Regional High School Hall of Fame. McInnis said that Sheldon will be inducted posthumously as part of the Class of 2014, and that the induction ceremony will likely take place at some point this coming fall.
Sheldon’s influence wasn’t limited to just the Triton communities either. Coaches and administrators in surrounding towns had tremendous respect for him as well through their battles over the years and through events like the annual Triple Classic track meet, which Sheldon founded and which was renamed in his honor in 2008.
“I don’t think I’ve ever known anyone who treated kids better than he did. The kids loved him and he was a really special guy,” said Don Hennigar, head coach of the Newburyport cross-country program. “He had a tremendous sense of humor, he was one of the funniest guys I’ve ever known, he always kept things in perspective and always had the kids’ best interests at heart.”
Funeral arrangements for Sheldon will be announced in the coming days.