H. Austin Sheldon Jr. relocated to West Babylon from Albany in the early 1940’s with his wife Peggy and daughter Ann. He was an insurance safety inspector assigned to the New York area for Utica Mutual. In 1946, their family was complete when his son H. Austin Sheldon III was born.

In 1950, Mr. Sheldon took a part-time position as District Clerk with West Babylon Schools, that position quickly became a full-time one when he also took on the role of Business Manager. He held those positions for over twenty-five years and retired in the late 1970’s. Retirement was short-lived when he was appointed to serve West Babylon Schools and the community again as a Board Member from 1981 until his death in 1989, including serving a term as Board President.

During his years as Business Manager and District Clerk, his responsibilities included overseeing all financial matters of the district, and supervising the cafeteria and janitorial staffs for each of the schools. On behalf of the district, he worked closely with the building contractors in erecting each of the schools that are currently utilized today. He also implemented the original purchasing system within the business office. He was beloved by all and in his time was often referred to as “Mr. West Babylon”.

In addition to all he did for the West Babylon Schools, he was actively involved in efforts for the Salvation Army, the Odd Fellows and the Lions Club. After WWII, he volunteered to serve as a spotter for the Civilian Air Patrol. His greatest joys were his wife Peg, children Ann (Don) and Austin (Madeline) and his beloved 6 grandchildren; Wendy, Megan, Billy and Kerri Muffly and Kim and Karen Sheldon. His lifelong dedication to community service set an example for friends and family. He is remembered for his contributions to the community, his great sense of humor, but mostly for his love for West Babylon Schools, its staff and especially the students.

In the parking lot at the West Babylon High School, a memorial walk was established by the West Babylon Beautification Society in the place where his office building once stood.