According to an email by Our Kids’ Director of Communications, George Sheldon passed away last night at Mount Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach.
Our Kids reported back on August 6 that George had surgery. Their website has not been updated to reflect the news.
Sad to learn of the news of George Sheldon’s passing today. He was unassuming yet tough; determined and passionate. Our hearts are heavy. We lost a mentor, teacher, advocate and dear friend. I will miss the time we spent together. He was taken too soon. pic.twitter.com/TIyxOwWj7n
— Fran Allegra (@fpallegra) August 24, 2018
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Date: Thu, Aug 23, 2018 at 10:19 PM
Subject: URGENT MESSAGE FROM KEITH WARD AND MICHAEL WILLIAMS
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of George Sheldon earlier this evening at Mount Sinai Hospital.
This is a devastating loss for all of us; and a time for us to mourn together our good friend, George.
Below, please see a statement from George’s family and friends which will be released later this evening. Tomorrow morning, we will be prepared to meet with staff and share this sad news; which will require us all to be strong as they receive this news.
In times of grief like this, it is nearly impossible to include every individual who appropriately deserves to be on this message. For those who we forgot to include, please forgive our oversight. We encourage you to distribute this message.
George H. Sheldon
George H. Sheldon, an attorney, long-time Florida public servant and president and CEO of Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, a child placement agency, died Thursday, Aug. 23, at the age of 71, his family announced.
Mr. Sheldon’s public service included appointments as Florida Deputy Attorney General, Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families, and Assistant Secretary at the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. He also served as a member of the Florida House of Representatives.
He died peacefully at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Miami Beach surrounded by family and friends following post operative complications due to a neck injury he sustained while exercising.
A statement by the family said: “George was beloved as a brother and uncle and we are greatly saddened by his loss and we will miss him dearly.”
Arrangements are pending.